The City that Sleeps… Sometimes.

Unlike Manhattan, London is a city that sleeps, or at the very least, takes a long nap. New York has spoiled me into thinking that it’s perfectly normal to sit in a coffee shop at 9 pm, have dinner at 10 pm, and then grab dessert or drinks during the wee morning hours. There are even 24-hour diners in New Jersey if you aren’t feeling particularly picky. However, this isn’t so in London. Unless you’re dining at a posh restaurant like Sketch, you’d best be at a pub after 10 pm, and the last call is usually at midnight. This structure is something that’s entirely new to me. In fact, my roommate and I had to travel two train stops to find what may be the only coffee shop nearby that’s open past 7 pm.

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On the contrary, the media rarely sleeps. As a public relations intern, it’s important to stay abreast of mentions of your company in the paper or magazines. Whether it’s good press or bad press, the team needs to know what consumers are reading and viewing. I spent much of my work day clipping features of Michael Kors Q4 results in various newspapers, online, and in magazines.

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When I’m not working, I’m scouring Instagram for fun events to attend and cool new restaurants to try. Luckily enough, Monday Swimwear was hosting a highly requested pop-up event at the Sanderson Hotel.

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Monday Swimwear was created by Instagram-famous best friends Tash Oakey and Devin Brugman. Yes, they’re equally as gorgeous in person, as they are online. At the event, Tash and Devin helped me and other fellow swimsuit enthusiasts to personally select a bikini that best-suited our body types and preferences. Monday Swimwear bikinis are so flattering that I still felt confident despite the multitude of British sweets that I’ve been eating for one week straight. My kryptonite is Cadbury chocolate flake bars and home baked treats of any kind. Goodbye, summer body and fitness!

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