SE1

So God gave me this wonderful gift last year, which was to make me experience the great life in the city I most adore: London.

After my thesis submission last September, I decided to stay a little longer in the UK to gain more knowledge on graphic design and fine arts as well as doing a bit of part-time jobs here and there. What happened there was suprisingly magical (lol) and brought me with too many memories to cherish. And on my first post, I’d like to share about my neighbourhood — SE1, London Borough of Lambeth.

Basically SE1, the postcode, means ‘South Eastern’ part of London with a front view of the River Thames. It is also located in the central area of the city where access to tourism spots are walking distance. To be precise, I have an everyday view of Big Ben on my right and the MI6 Building on my left. Plus, Tate Britain is just accross the river. Isn’t it lovely?!

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Dearest Salamanca Street

The nearest station is Vauxhall, with an access to Victoria Underground line, Overground trains, and various bus numbers! Just a 10-minute walk from Salamanca Place (the name of the apartment I used to live). Definitely made it even easier for me to commute around the city.

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Vauxhall from Lambeth Bridge

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Now a view of Lambeth Bridge itself with the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Can you also spot the London Eye?

Oh, behind Salamanca Place, there’s a street called Tyers Street. Along the street there are shops and small restaurants that can be considered quite completing my daily needs, including topping up my Oyster card (a smartcard which can hold pay as you go credit for traveling around the city with almost all Transport for London services).

One interesting place I used to stop by is The Organic Shop. Everything sold is organic groceries (obviously) and way cheaper than other stores in London (as far as I’m concerned). What I like about the store is of course the rustic ambience and also the super friendly owner who likes to share stories about his family or even what happened to him during the day. To add, he’s terribly funny even 80-year-old-look grannies laugh their asses off everytime he tells jokes, lol.

One more thing, accross Tyers Street, there’s a small lane going towards Newport Street Gallery, one of my favourite galleries in London where I used to take visitors to – except Nicke hahaha the gallery was closed due to change of exhibitor. More stories of London galleries and Nicke & Prita’s London trip will be uploaded on our next posts, wait for it!

Ah, well. Til next time for more of my London experience!

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And… Dats me waiting for a bus, wkwk.