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WANDERLUST; Sunday in London including the markets.

Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Chloe Partikas

Sunday is London is best spent started off with a delicious breakfast, followed by exploring the markets in East London and concluded with cider.

I really, really, really love the four The Breakfast Club cafes in London.

Part of the lighting display at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields.

During my 10 days back in London at the end of my trip I visited all four; in Soho, Hoxton, Angel and Spitalfields.

Polaroid wall at The Breakfast Club in Soho.

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Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , on March 23, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

On Friday I transferred to a hostel in Camden. I still went back to Oxford Street a few times – it has a magnet which pulls serious shoppers back there with it’s promise of Londenesk style – but I enjoyed the eclectic demographic of Camden.

Camden is in northern London and a hybrid of Sydney Road (the Brunswick end) and Fitzroy. There are a lot of pubs and music venues. I stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn which is a hostel above a pub on High Street.Whilst sitting in the ‘chillout room’ I met a fellow Melbournian, who mixes in some of the same social circles I do and who had been travelling for a few weeks previously with a friend I was supposed to see on Tuesday when I arrived in London – but didn’t. A little bit of home never goes astray when on the other side of the world.

I also made friends with a guy from Washington D.C. We went to a gig together at Koko in Camden. Koko is a really beautiful venue; similar to The Forum but much bigger. Washington D.C seems quite similar to Melbourne in regards to nightlife and the demographic of gig attendees. As I have mentioned in a previous post, Londoners seem to go out for the sake of going out – but Melbournians are more likely to go out for the music. Eric and I both agreed that we cannot stand to be in a place where we don’t like the music.

A band similar to Warpaint, called Bleech, playing at Koko:

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Posted in europe, travel with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Wow, a week in London has gone so fast but I’ve had so many adventures already that it also feels like I have been away for a few weeks.

I expected all Londoners to be rude. Okay, yes they aren’t friendly (everyone I have spoken to about it blames London itself for this) yet they are very polite. My suitcase is quite large (I never would have got along well with a backpack, I like my case to be orderly) and must have looked somewhat ridiculous as a Londoner came to the rescue on each set of steps I travelled on with my luggage. I was pleasantly surprised at these acts of kindness from strangers.

I spent the first three nights staying in the YHA Central London, which is only a five-minute walk to Oxford Circus; where many of the major fashion retailers – including Topshop and Zara – have their flagship stores. Continue reading

London, there is something about you that draws me in.

Posted in PR, travel with tags on April 10, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

For the last few years I have felt London is pulling me over there. Moving over there, even just for a few months, is something I need to do.

First semester next year I only have one subject and I would like to go over to London to do an internship. The media industry is enormous in the UK as it is one of the capitals of western civilisation. I would love to learn about how Public Relations and communications in the UK / Europe differs to Australia.

London blogs including Style Scout and London Kicks keep me going until I can be there myself. So much street style originated in the UK and looking at London posts on lookbook also keeps me focused on my goal, and doing what I need to to achieve it.

I feel the need to give props to this babe I saw on Style Scout today:

I think about Europe nearly every day. I miss Berlin and want to go out in the dance music capital of the world, I want to explore Stockholm further and absorb the Swedish’ seemingly effortless style. Having a base in London would allow me fairly easy access back to these places.

This year I’ve taken a step back from partying and adventuring, and my theme of 2010 is planning and hard work. It sounds dry and unexciting, but I am really enjoying my subjects and want to do well as at 3rd year university level, a big step up in time commitment and intelligent thinking is required to fully absorb subjects and equip myself for my career.

Planning, planning, planning. Oh passion for Public Relations and travel, how you absorb my mind.