There is more to Norwich than Alan Partridge jokes, Delia Smith, and Stephen Fry (although I can’t get enough of them to be honest). Welcome to one of the greenest cities in the UK, and certainly one of the prettiest!
School/University: University of East Anglia
City, Country: Norwich, UK
Hello, bonjour, howdy do, my name is Georgia and I was born and raised in one of the world’s best cities; London! I love my home city, from the dregs to the immaculate, but I am going to show you around what I think is one of the UK’s special little (especially!) delicacies, and that would be what Stephen Fry calls “a fine city, none finer” – Norwich!
It is no news to anyone that London is an analogue dreamland. Unsurprisingly I felt a little sad at having to temporarily leave behind the red buses for white ones (what a stupid colour for a bus!) all for my love of reading – I am now in my second year of studying English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. So armed with my fisheye and my beloved Olympus OM-10 I trotted off with my Ushanka to Norwich. Well, I am proud to say I was pleasantly surprised at this quaint little city. It thrives with culture of all kinds; art, music, history, and a copious amount of churches! I actually live opposite an old and beautiful graveyard. What a perfect introduction to the Norwich scenery.
Norwich has definitive arty feel to it. Just up the road from where I live is a picturesque little street called St. Benedicts Street. It is full of pretty little shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, and again, plenty of churches! All within a small radius!
There is even a church of art: St. Margarets.
It is aptly situated just seconds from the Norwich Art Centre, an intimate music venue – my favourite in Norwich. Though the prettiest place down St. Benedicts would have to be The Bicycle Shop! It is a gorgeous little café-bar that hosts occasional gigs downstairs, an absolute must see if you’re in Norwich. How can you resist a place with a bicycle as a shop sign?
When I’m not reading or taking pictures I’m usually playing video games. What a little gem this was when I found it! Worth the ten minute walk twice over.
A little off from St Benedicts is Pottergate; another charming little street. I recently found out that it was host to Britain’s oldest headshop. I confess I am not too experienced with headshops but if you are what is a better reason to visit Norwich? There is also The Birdcage, another arty pub/bar which fabulously decorated inside. A little bird told me that Tim Burton visited there recently. Who knows! Pottergate also has the coolest skate shop I have ever seen named Drug Store.
I can’t talk about Norwich without talking about UEA. The grounds are stunning come rain or shine, especially the lake. I haven’t had a disappointing shot yet! Main campus buildings involve some ugly-but-lovely concrete architecture (which juxtaposes perfectly with the newer postmodern accommodation). We also have the Grade II listed Ziggurats which have been in a Levi ad, and on the cover of The Streets latest album. Interesting, but the library really does it for me!
This is Norwich in a nutshell, for me at least. There is plenty more to show, and a little more depth to delve. Ciao for now!