Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed I headed up to the City of Smoke to make my fortune, which I hoped was going to materialise out of a two week placement at The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Having only ever had experience at the small pod which constitutes the Devon Life Magazine offices, I was rather petrified when confronted with this glass monster rising before me.
The offices are located near Tower Hill tube station, across from the Tower of London and London Bridge, and through St Katherine Docks. Yeah, I know. Not too shabs. Being on the budget tour, instead of joining the suits munching cooked lunches at the likes of Cote and Cafe Rouge nearby, I sat on a bench most days, with my packed lunch of tinfoil-wrapped sandwiches and yoghurt fruit flakes. And I was trying to conspicuously blend in…
On one of my more energetic and ambitious lunches I walked to Leadenhall Market, which dates back to the 14th century and has some pretty cute shopping spots. I especially liked the signs of all the trades above the doors.
The commute from Kent everyday wasn’t too bad. It was quite nice having a few hours each day to read the newspaper (free perk of the job), think my thoughts and watch the world go by.
Everything ran pretty smoothly all in all. Last Wednesday Maggie threw the spanner in the works a bit, and I had to wait a while for crowd control to open the tube. But I let her off, it was her funeral after all.
Eventually the two weeks were over, and my last day was rather sad as I had began to grow fond of the place and was enjoying getting into a bit of a routine. However, I had a nice surprise visit from these two lovely ladies to cheer me up in my lunch break.
Plus I managed to keep my security lanyard, maybe I can blag having a press pass in the future?