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Geek Girl Guide to London

I love reading travel blogs, dreaming about all the places I would love to visit. What I love even more is reading tips from locals about their area. My favourites are tips for Disneyworld by Floridians (one day I will go back). I am a Londoner, I was born here and still stay in the same area. For all the wrong reasons London has been in the news a lot lately. I want to start writing about all the great things in this city.

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Geek Girl Guide to London
London is an amazing place to be a  geek girl! I thought I would put together some tips and tricks from a local for other geek girls visiting the city. Everyone knows about the historic buildings, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and more modern attractions like the London Eye or Shard. I love to explore the geekier attractions!

Dozens of television shows and movies are filmed in London, from Jason Bourne to James Bond, even the recent Wonder Woman film featured a few scenes in the city. It is easy to find these locations on your own. However, you can take an organised tour (both bus and walking) around some of these locations. A quick search online can show you all the options from specialist tours for fans of Harry Potter to places include in British Rom Coms.

London isn’t just about film locations, the city has many museums and exhibits with a geeky twist. Currently, there are also several temporary exhibitions perfect for a fangirl. The Star Wars Identities at the O2, a journey into Sci-Fi at the Barbican. and at the end of the summer, the British Library will showcase their Harry Potter collection of manuscripts and props.

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London also hosts several conventions. In May over the same weekend, two of the convention centres in London held cons. MCM London in the east and Heroes and Villains in the west of the city. Last summer, Star Wars Celebration was held in the city. Still, to come this year are London Film Convention and the Vampire Ball.

Escape Games (or Escape the Room scenarios) are all the rage at the moment, with locations popping up all over the world. Whilst these, in general, are fun for a geek girl, there are several in London that have added to the geekiness by adding a pop culture theme. Including one set in a wizarding school or another based around the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes.

Even going to the cinema in London can be an adventure. Secret Cinema has taken to film going to a new level. They recreating the fantasy world from the movie, resulting in an interactive experience rather than just watching a film. Or how about a movie marathon? The Prince Charles Cinema regularly has all-nighters including Marvel Phase One and Harry Potter marathons.

What is your favourite fangirl thing to do in London? Do you have a London themed Bucket List? What would you like me to write about in the Fangirl Guide series? Let me know in the comments below.

Recommended Reading

Geek Guide to London (Reddit Guide)
Upcoming Cons in the UK (League of the Non- Aligned)
Shaan Haider’s Top 10 London Attractions for Geeks

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WB Studio Tour

Harry Potter Studio TourIn attempt to share more of the photos I have taken and edited recently. I thought I would share my photos from W.B. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. We went on the tour last November, before the opening of the Forbidden Forest section. As it was during the winter months, it was during the Hogwarts in Snow celebrations. Many of the sets were decorated for Christmas and the model of Hogwarts Castle covered in a layer of snow.

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Hogwarts in Snow
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Gryffindor Common Room

On the day I took over 400 photographs! I have slowly been editing them over the last few months, and these are some of my favourites. As you can imagine this is a very post is very photo heavy. But as it’s Harry Potter I’m sure no one will mind.

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4 Privet Drive
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The Burrow
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I really wanted to “fix” the dropped stitches!

As you can image from the moment you arrive at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, you are entering a magical place. As we drove up to the car park, you can see the giant chess pieces from The Philosopher’s Stone. Even the queuing area featured “the cupboard under the stairs.”
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Cupboard Under The Stairs
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Wands
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Diagon Alley
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Diagon Alley

Inside you get to see all the sets from all eight movies, from the Great Hall to Dumbledore’s office. The costumes, covered everything from Hogwarts uniforms, Harry’s invisibility cloak and Heminione’s dress from the Yule Ball. The creature workshop contained Dobby, Buckbeak and Aragog. The props around the tour included a set of quidditch balls, wands and even Sirius prisoner number.

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Hidden Staircase
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Dumbledore’s Office
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I never noticed the details on the invisibility cloak
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Yule Ball
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Quidditch Set
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Props
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Easter Feast

For me the highlight was definitely the Hogwarts Express. The train itself is impressive, with the carriage compartment each depicting a different journey to school. From Harry and Ron’s first meeting with a collection of chocolate frogs to the chilled windows when the dememtors attacked.

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Hogwarts Express
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Luna’s Seat

The entrance hall, also contained a magnificent Christmas treat and costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. I hope they eventually add more props and costumes from this movie. I’d love to see a niffler or “Pickett.”

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Fantastic Beasts Costumes

Fangirls Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

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100 Cups of Coffee

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Dreaming of Chicago

When we were in our twenties, many of our vacations were to Chicago. We had friends there, taking advantage of the strong pound and there was plenty to see and do. As we were visiting friends we spent a lot of our time, catching up whilst drinking and eating! As a result, we got to know a lot of places that served great hang over food. Jamba Juice for vitamin/healthier fix or Walker Bros for pancakes. If we overslept and missed lunch then we would have sandwiches from Potbelly. Whilst Jason was working near Westfield Stratford, he discovered that Potbelly had a branch there. So we popped back to relive old memories.

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Not all Christmas Cups are red

When I think about Christmas Coffees I think red cups and Gingerbread Lattes. Yet, my favourite Christmas lunch menu is from Pret a Manger. Last year, they did pretty wreath decoration cups rather than red cups. Plus they have an amazing vegetarian Christmas sandwich and cute “melted” snowman cookie.

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Patronus Coffee

As a late birthday treat last November, I finally got to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I should write a post about my experience there – or at least a photo post some of my favourite pictures. I took a lot of photos! It was also my first red cup of the season. After I posted the photo to Instagram. A friend pointed out, that the dear on the cup looked like Harry Potter’s Patronus.

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Ice Cream in December?

One of the reason I started this challenge was to discover new coffee places in my area. The fun side of that is most coffee places also have novel desserts. Amorino, is such a place, as well as serving Italian coffee, they also have an amazing range of Italian gelato.

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Red Socks, Red Queen, Red Socks

I have written about my love of Booktagram and Litsy. I couldn’t resist taking a cozy winter photo. My Christmas blanket, wooly socks, my book, and a Christmas coffee. With the illiteration of red cups, red socks and Red Queen.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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5FF: Favourite Fictional Teachers

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Five Favourite Fictional Teachers

As The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick are taking a break from Fandom Friday, I thought I would use the chance to catch up with the prompts from October 2015. I originally thought it would be easy to pick my favourite fictional teachers. I adore a lot of teen drama television programmes like, Smallville or My So Called Life. But I couldn’t think of any teachers from these programmes.

  1. Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)


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    Do Watchers count as teachers? I know Giles worked in the school library, and wasn’t really a teacher. But he was a trainer for Buffy and a mentor to the other members of the Scoobies Gang. Over seven seasons, whether Giles was a member of the Watcher’s council or the owner of the magic store. He was always loyal to Buffy.

  2. Yoda (Star Wars)


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    The first time we meet Yoda he was teacher to Luke, but in the prequel films and Clone Wars, we saw Yoda sit on the Jedi Council. Teach the younglings and mentor Jedi Masters and Padawans. So in a way Yoda was the Jedi Masters’ Master.

  3. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter Series)


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    Of all of Harry’s teachers at Hogwarts, Lupin was my favourite. I have a soft spot for the Marauders. (I am still hoping for a Marauder’s book or movie). Lupin was one of many father figures that came into Harry’s life. During his time at Hogwarts, he became a teacher and mentor to Harry Potter and his friends.

  4. Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski (The Wire)


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    Prez was useless as a police officer, he was controlled by his father in law. He did not suit field work but did managed to find some success on the office listening in on the wire. But it wasn’t until the fourth season of the show, when he began working at the school that he found his place. Prez tried to help the kids stay “off the corners.” Ultimately drugs ended up affecting each member of the gang.

  5. Mary Margaret Blanchard (Once Upon A Time)


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    During the first season of Once Upon A Time. Mary Margaret was Henry’s school teacher, she was even the one that gave him the “storybook.” During this period I loved he haircut and clothes, if I ever became a teacher she would be my style icon for my work wardrobe. In the current season, it looks like Mary Margaret will be going back to teaching. So I am looking forward to seeing more of her amazing outfits.

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Read at Midnight’s Pokémon Go Book Tag was all the rage over the summer. Combining bloggers love of the game and reading. As I am so behind on my blogging, I am fashionable late at completing this tag.

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For my starter Pokémon in Pokémon Go I picked a Charmander as I loved his character in the TV show. Especially when he went through his moody teenage Charmeleon phase.
As for the book that started my love of reading, I adored the Meg & Mog or Amelia Bedelia when I was extremely young, but the series I adored reading were either the Judy Blume books or those by S.E. Hinton, especially The Outsiders.

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I still don’t have a Pikachu! I keep hoping to find one in a 2KM egg but even those are getting harder to find. I think I spotted on the radar last week, when we were in Hyde Park but have no luck finding him in the vast area.
The classic book I love to re-read is The Great Gatsbythis book is both a love story and insight into New York during prohibition.

pokemon-tag-03-zubatAs a Londoner, I was tempted to change this from Zubats to Drowzees, they are everywhere in the city!
Years ago it seemed every single woman was reading The Bridget Jones Diary. They were all claiming they are just like Bridget Jones. I tried to read the book and found the character was rather annoying. In the following years I had to put up with a sequel and the movies. Now yet again Bridget Jones is everywhere and still annoying me!

pokemon-tag-04-dittoHas anyone caught I Ditto yet? I have read several possible theories on how to catch one online. But it looks like these Pokémon have not yet been released in the game.
I do love the I Heart… series, I know they are just are cheesy, and a little predictable. But I love the mixed to comedy and name dropping of places in different cities.

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I guess the series I would love to read if I had the time would be the Discworld books. I read one book from the series a few years ago, but they are so many more to read. Plus I would have no idea what order to read them in!

pokemon-tag06-gengarWhen I started playing this game I seemed to find several Gastly each day. Since then they have disappeared so I am yet to evolved my Haunter to a Gengar.
I tend not to read scary books, horror is my least favourite genre. However, several books have kept me up all night reading, the most recent one being Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

pokemon-tag07-nidokingqueenNidoran♀ was the first Pokémon I went hunting for after spotting the outline on the radar. Since then I have yet to find another one. So my poor Nidorino is missing his mate.
The obvious answer for me to this question is Babs & Dick, but they are in comics. Do graphic novels count towards this book tag? I am assuming they do!

pokemon-tag08-rapidashImage if they allowed you to ride your Pokemon in the game if you selected it as your buddy. I would love to ride my Ponyta.
One book I love for several reasons is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is also one of my favourite movies, although the ending to the movie is completely different.

pokemon-tag09-eeveeEevee is still one of my favourite Pokémon and I am still hoping to catch a few more so I can have a Jolteon to complete my Eevee set.
I love that J.K. Rowling et al wrote another Harry Potter book, but I am not sure where else this series can go. For a long time the Star Wars Expanded Universe books were my only hope of seeing the further adventures of the Skywalker family, so I will always love seeing a Star Wars spin-off series.

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We are lucky to live within walking distance of the River Thames and so our Pokewalks involve catching several Magikarp a day – perfect for trying to get those 400 candies.
The series that I found awesome also centres around the River Thames. I originally started reading Rivers of London as it was an urban fantasy set it London. But quickly, began to adore the characters and I love that I recognise so many places from the books.

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I am hoping they don’t rush introducing the legendary Pokemon as this will mark the end of the game, plus my Pokedex is far from being complete.
Social media seems to overhype several book series at the moment, the ones I am looking forward to reading at The Red Queen books.

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Of course the legendary Pokemon I would love to own is a Mewtoo. Like this Pokemon the collector’s edition I am coveting is the Harry Potter Illustrated Edition. I wish they would hurry up and publish the complete set.

pokemon-tag10-eggAll I seem to be getting at the moment is 5KM eggs and they contain duds – if I hatch one more Meowth or Slowpoke!
I never seem to be in loop about new novels, I always discover books months after everyone else. So I have no idea about this question.

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One great thing about London is the go to Pokemon Go hangouts – which always have several lures going. It’s amazing to see dozens of people playing the game all getting excited when an interesting Pokemon appears in the game.
I used to have several auto-buy authors but in recent years this list as slimmed down, now I guess I auto-buy series like Star Wars or any graphic novel that features Batgirl.

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Do you remember the early days of Pokemon Go when we would always see the server down screen. Now I have to put up with pidgey running away.
Obviously, the book I am eagerly waiting for is The Winds of Winter!

The Pokemon Go Book Tag was the brainchild of Read at Midnight, and the images included in the post at her’s.

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Five Fandom Friday

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Five Winter Films

Similarly to the five summer films I talked about a few months ago, these are the five new releases I am looking forward to seeing in the cinema this autumn and winter.

  1. Rogue One

    Obviously, the first film on the list had to be Rogue One. I have mentioned several times before how excited I am about this film. As a young Star Wars fan I always wondered about the rebel agents that stole the plans to the Death Star. Now finally I am going to see their story on-screen.

  2. Doctor Strange

    I love the MCU and Sherlock, so as the kids say it’s “a non-brainer” that this movie has been added to the list. Marvel have always produced more than traditional superheroes movies, Winter Solider is a political thriller and Ant-Man is a heist movie. It will be interesting to see what direction this movie will take the MCU.

  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Where do you start this movie? A chance to re-enter the Harry Potter universe. Getting to met new characters and amazing creatures. Stunning visual effects all seem to spell out a magical film.

  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    I have to confess I have yet to read the Miss Peregrine series of books. However, that hasn’t stop me from getting excited about this movie. I adore Tim Burton, he is one of my go-to directors, so I am expecting his unique style in this movie.

  5. The Magnificent Seven

    Growing up, I used to always watch movies with my dad, he played a massive part in shaping what movies I love. My dad’s favourite genre was westerns as I result I have fond memories of watching the original Magnificent Seven and it’s sequels with my dad, So in honour of him I am going to see this movie and hope they don’t mess it up!

What films are you most looking forward to seeing this autumn and winter?

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Currently… July Edition

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Currently Knitting… This month I finished my Denim Sky Cowl and loaned the completed cowl to Ling. So she could to display it on the Whimzy stall at Yarningham Wool Festival in Birmingham.

Currently Reading… I am still re-reading the Harry Potter books. I paused from the original series briefly this weekend to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Currently Watching… 
I have re-discovered my love of the Gilmore Girls. When Netflix began streaming the show at the start of the month I immediately started to binge watch it. It had been a few years since I watched this programme and it was lovely to re-visit Star Hallow and my old friends The Gilmore’s.
Currently Playing… Like the rest of the world, this month I became obsessed with Pokémon Go! I also joined in the Pokémon Q&A on Epicfied blog, me and other geeky bloggers talk about our experiences as Pokémon fans.
Currently Loving… Trailers!
San Diego Comic Con was last weekend, after all the big announcements the internet for flooded with trailers for upcoming movies. One of my favourites was the trailer for the new Wonder Woman movie.

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Currently… June Edition

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Currently Knitting… At the start of the month, I finished my Boomerang Shawl. Shortly afterwards I cast on my version of Denim Sky Cowl in shades of amber and dark brown.

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Ombre Blue Boomerang Shawl

Currently Loving…  My obsession with bookstagram has been taken up a notch recently, as I discovered Litsy. This app combines instagram and goodread to produce a platform to review books, share you favourite quotes and beautiful photos. Litsy is currently only available on iOS.
Currently Reading… As the new Harry Potter book, The Cursed Child is being published at the end of July, This summer I thought I would re-reading the original novels, finishing the first two in June.


Currently Watching…  My television viewing this month has been all about Game of Thrones. As well as watching the amazing season six, I began to re-watched season one to five.

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Currently Feeling… Nostalgic!
Re-reading am amazing book series and re-watching one of my favourite television shows. Has made me reminiscing about the first time I read about Harry Potter going to Diagon Alley or the first time I watched the Battle of Blackwater. Now I want to re-read the Game of Thrones books and re-watch all the Harry Potter films.

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Five Fandom Friday

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Favorite Fictional Foods

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  1. Three Course Dinner Chewing Gum (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
    If I were to be let loose in a chocolate factory, I am not sure where I would start, but I do love the idea of different flavours of chewing gum – no one likes it when your gum loses its flavour, but replacing it with another flavour, that would be amazing.
  2. Apollo Bar (Lost and Once Upon a Time)
    These chocolate bars seem to show up in several television shows, dark chocolate with filled with nuts – they seem to be the chocolate bars that adventurers carry with them when traveling to magical islands or other realms.
  3. Chocolate Frogs (Harry Potter)
    There is so much food from the Harry Potter world I’d love to try, but honestly the idea of getting a magical card along with my chocolate was the clincher here – imagine collection Wizard cards!
  4. Slusho (Cloverfield)
    The fictional japanese slush drink that has cameo appearances in all of J.J. Abrams work (and even showed up in an episode of Heroes), rumour has it drink even makes an appearance in The Force Awakens.
  5. Coffee from the Double R (Twin Peaks)
    I know coffee isn’t  a fictional food. As a coffee addict, the idea of trying a “damn fine coffee,” had to make me add it to the list.

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Reading Goals…

During the latter part of January I was struck down with illness, the majority of two weeks were spent at home in bed, it seems like the perfect opportunity to relax, read all the books on my list or catch up on TV, but my attention span seemed to disappear – I’d fall asleep 20 minutes into a TV show or read and re-read the same page in a book. I started several blog posts, a recap for January and even took some photos from 6 on 6, neither of which got finished (I will publish the 6 on 6 one later this month). The illness also affected my taste buds and I was turned off coffee – which made the 100 cups challenge impossible.

I did manage to finish Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I’ll be honest I was a little put off by this book when I first heard about it. In recent years people seemed to be obsessed with Young Adult literature, like Divergence or Mortal Instruments and I have had no interest in them. The idea of reading a book about a girl obsessed with YA literature really didn’t appeal. Instead I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

I’ve also been planning my goals for the next few books on the Mrs Darcy Challenge.  I am ashamed to admit I have never read Pride and Prejudice – something I should have read at school and it was also published before I was born, so I am currently reading that and planning on reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies next.


I’m also pretty sure I will re-read the Harry Potter Series, for the book you’ve already read at least once, especially with the new book being released this summer (an option for the book published this year).

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