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

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A kick in the teeth for London – the business rates overhaul

The release of new property revaluations in September 2016 has resulted in uproar in the city of London. An overhaul of the business rates system using the new property valuations will dramatically increase the tax paid by London businesses. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has joined a group of the city’s...

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Why Families Choose to Move to North London

London is arguably one of greatest cities in which to live. People come from all over Britain and the rest of the world to settle and work in London. North London seems to attract more families than other parts of the city. But what is it in particular that makes...

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4 London Areas that Appeal to Young Professionals

For 20-something professionals like myself who are trying to figure out where to live in London, there are a ton of things to consider. What do Young Professionals look for in their London home? And where in London can you find whatever ‘it’ is at a price that’s affordable? Whether...

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4 Character Venues for Conferences in Leafy Richmond-on-Thames

If you are looking for an exclusive venue for your next business event, London has such a wealth of fabulous choices for every possible occasion that sometimes it can be hard to take it all in. And while it’s tempting to stay in Central London for ease of transport and...

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Decorating our New House with JK Pike

One of the things I did not anticipate after buying a house was just how hard it would be to decorate it. Not hard in a “this is a difficult process” kind of way, but hard in a “wow, how are there so many choices and yet also none at...

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English Christmas Village Fairs

Christmas is upon us, which means it’s time for some traditional Christmas festivities out here in the English countryside. Now, you might think that Christmas in an English village is this quaint experience where local charities and scouts set up stalls on the high street, selling homemade baked treats while...

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What Retro Hobbies Are Officially Cool Again?

All things vintage are making a comeback at the moment: from fashion to hobbies like knitting and bingo, we just can’t get enough of reliving the past. What’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing! There are some great retro hobbies out there, and we’re going to list just three here. Baking...

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5 Activities in London to Get You Outside This Winter

Although winter may not be prime time for outdoor fun, there are some activities in London and events worth braving the cold for Now that the summer is nothing more than a distant memory, this is usually the time of year that you’ll find yourself stuck indoors for a few...

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Psychic Monkey Cookie Delivery

There are few things in life more satisfying than a plate of cookies with your name on them (literally or figuratively). One of the only things, actually, is probably a delivery of fresh cookies straight to your door. So, THANK YOU Psychic Monkey for making this girl’s dream a reality. The...

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Study Abroad at the University of Westminster

I’ve reviewed my past study abroad programs here and here. But I’ve yet to review the University of Westminster, the university I attended for my Master’s degree in Public Relations. A few study abroad programs offer semester partnerships with the University of Westminster, so you can still come even if...