U.K Study Tour - Day 1
After touching down in London and feeling the need to fill ourselves with a more substantial meal than the ones available on our flights, we decided to seek out a burger. We came across The Urban on Whitechapel Road, which happened to be on the same road as our Ibis Hotel. We were met with a vibrant atmosphere as the Tottenham soccer game was playing on a large projector at the far end of the restaurant.
After a restless sleep due to jet lag, we decided to go for a morning jog at 7am along the River Thames. We were able to capture pictures of the London skyline and the Tower Bridge as the sun was rising.
We then had our first breakfast provided by the Ibis hotel we are staying at on Whitechapel Road. There were a variety of pastries available, which everyone was delighted by. We then decided to purchase a sim card, so we would be able to use data throughout London.
We then went back to the hotel to reconvene with the group. We caught two busses as a collective and after a short walk we arrived at the Queen Mary University of London. We realised we had about 45 minutes before we were expected there, so we took advantage of this by grabbing coffees and exploring the beautiful Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which just happened to be across the road from the campus.
We then had an introduction from the Director of the Centre of Commercial Law Studies of the university and afterwards they were very kind to provide lunch. In this meeting, we were provided with details and the logistics of our 2 weeks stay at Queen Mary by various lecturers.
After the welcoming lunch, we had approximately an hour to relax before our first class at 3. Like before, a few of us walked around the Lincoln Inn Fields and grabbed a coffee in one of the cafes in the scenic park.
Once 3pm rolled around, we all attended our first classes of the study tour. Hamish had a Legal Aspects of Financing Development class and Tim had an Intellectual Property and Creative Industries class. Despite our jetlag, both classes were very interesting and engaging.
Once both classes finished at 6pm, we met up with one of our friends from Adelaide, Jackson (who also used to study law) for a couple of beers and dinner at a nice pub near the university. Jackson had been travelling around Europe and been staying in London, so to hear his stories over the past few weeks was very interesting and enjoyable.
After dinner, we caught the Underground (tube) back to our hotel and we fell asleep very quickly due to our jetlag and tiredness.
03/02/2020 – Tim and Hamish Blog Post