girl gone london an american girl's guide to life and travel in the UK and beyond

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The Best Time to Study Abroad in London

Besides picking a program, the hardest part about studying abroad in London is deciding when to come. Of course, I’m an overachiever so I studied abroad in London all four seasons so you didn’t have to. The good news is that they’re all good times, obviously. But here’s how ‘the...

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Best Parks in London for a Picnic

After a really poor showing of sunshine this summer, London’s forecast for the next few weeks actually has more sun than clouds. FINALLY! I spend all year hear either waiting for or missing the summer, so if London didn’t shape up soon we were going to have to have some...

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Exploring South London in Battersea

London’s geographical heartbeat, the River Thames, cuts right through the center of the city to provide distinct “north” and “south” boundaries. While many popular London attractions are north of the river, South London is a treasure trove for beautiful architecture, residential neighborhoods, and fabulous places to eat and shop. One...

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Exploring London Nightlife: Montezuma Club Giveaway

Life in London has been pretty hectic lately. Whether you’re just finishing up your university exams, constantly refreshing BBC online to figure out what the government has been up to lately (a lot of craziness–that’s what), or just wishing the sunshine would show itself a bit more, we could all...

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How to Move to the UK from America

I’ve talked about my journey to the UK before, but I remember months and months of desperately googling how to move to the UK from America many times when I was first starting out. You are basically hoping for a miracle or at least an article that will tell you...

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How to Protect Your Home While Traveling

As expats, we spend a lot of time traveling (we can’t help it!). Whether you’re off to Nairobi for a month or Copenhagen for the weekend or Russia for the year, we’re usually leaving our homes behind in search of adventure. But how do you protect your home while you’re...

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10 Things Confused Americans Should Know about Brexit

Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days I have experienced in London. As most everybody knows by now, Friday morning around 7:00am, the UK government announced that the country had voted to leave the European Union. For everyone reading the headlines from around the world, this might have been...

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An Expat Guide to Moving House in London

After months of searching, Guy and I are finally looking towards completing the purchase of our first house later this summer. It’s been both incredibly exciting and incredibly frustrating, but now that our offer is accepted and the mortgage is figured out, the next steps are going to be to...

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10 Free Museums in London You Shouldn’t Miss

One of the best parts of living in London is neverending access to free exhibits, events, and museums. It keeps the city thriving and allows Londoners to actually get out and experience life rather than sitting at home eating ramen noodle because their train ticket cost more than their annual...

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