Last day in London… where else but the WB Harry Potter Tour

Class done, almost packed for the return to snowy Peoria. One last place to visit – it had to be the Warner Brothers studio tour. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter it’s a must, and even if you’re not, the exhibits are breathtaking. So, despite a freezing cold start to the day due to the bus taking us being over half an hour late, and an equally ‘challenging’ return journey back into London – we had an amazing time.

And so, January 2019, yet another great class in London. My students were amazing (as always), and the Study Abroad program at Bradley continues to run the most well oiled ship you could imagine. Until the next time!

It’s not all work…

Trying to keep the balance between delivering an upper level course in just two and a half weeks and allowing the students to experience the amazing sights and sounds of London is a tricky one. But however hard it may be – there is always room for a trip to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub!!!


Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of a number of pubs in London to have been rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. There has been a pub at this location since 1538. Some of the interior wood paneling is nineteenth century, some older, perhaps original.  The vaulted cellars are thought to belong to a 13th-century Carmelite monastery which once occupied the site. The entrance to this pub is situated in a narrow alleyway and is very unassuming, yet once inside visitors will realize that the pub occupies a lot of floor space and has numerous bars and gloomy rooms. In winter, open fireplaces are used to keep the interior warm. In the bar room are posted plaques showing famous people who were regulars, including no other than Charles Dickens himself.

Brand Design in London

Once again we were extremely fortunate to visit a branding company who were happy to give up a few hours of their time to talk to us about their own creative process and show us their work. I can’t thank Vicki and everyone at jkr enough for a great afternoon.

Portfolio Surgery

Not only where the people of Storm Brands kind enough to talk us through their creative process – but they also found the time to review the students projects. Ewan and Co., thank you so much!

London (J Term 2019)

A great class of 12 students (biggest group yet for me). Looking forward to taking them to some cool companies and design related venues over the next couple of weeks.

Here we go on another wonderful Study Abroad trip to London. First couple of days under our belts. Weather is cooperating nicely. Just a shame I picked up my traditional pre-trip cold – fighting it hard, but it’s kicking my butt so far!