Welcome to My Neighborhood and the Entrepreneurial Stories That Live Within

Oct 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

Mariah Thomas

Mariah is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at SUNY Purchase College, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Mariah talks about her curiosity and interest in her new Shepherd's Bush neighborhood for the semester and shares some of the entrepreneurial stories that led to businesses in the area.


When I arrived in Shepherd’s Bush, the neighborhood I was set to live in during my stay in London, I didn’t know what to expect.

Entrance Leading to Study Abroad AccommodationWalk-through entrance to the study abroad accommodation area.

What kind of neighborhood is this? What kind of people live here? What should I expect?— were questions that ran through my mind as I google mapped the Goldhawk location in the comfort of my home, contemplating if the wide bricked drive thru and tall black gates was the entrance to my new temporary home.

To my utmost satisfaction and shock, it was.

The neighborhood of Shepherd’s Bush is a diverse area (like many other parts of London) where culture and a wide range of food intertwine to give its locals an amazing flavor of what it truly means to be an English citizen.

Sainsbury's Local Grocery StoreA Sainsbury's Local store conveniently located right next to our apartment.

Next door to the apartment entrance was Sainsbury’s (to the left), a non-expensive grocery store where your pockets won’t run dry if you want to buy a few late-night snacks to munch on through the week.

As a little backstory to the store, Sainsbury's was established in 1869, when a humble man named John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann opened a small shop at 173 Drury Lane in Holborn, London. In 1922, Sainsbury’s became the largest chain the UK.

With the site’s motto being, Live Well for Less, this truly is an inspiration for entrepreneurs worried about their future outcomes.

In Regent's Park with My New Yellow ScarfSporting my new yellow scarf in Regent's Park.

To the right, is Shepherd’s Bush Market, a culturally immersive food market, offering fresh fruits and vegetables for less and an array of Middle Eastern cuisine and garments. I was able to pick up a simple yellow scarf as a hair accessory. It was a great touch of color to match most of my other bright outfits.

Camden Coffee HouseCamden Coffee House.

Going to the story of entrepreneurship, a young man, whose name he said to call Fizz, has his own little coffee shop, Camden Coffee House, in the tube station across the street. He’s a sociable and entertaining guy who loves to engage his customers on his weekly explorations throughout the city. It was through him where I was able to check out the vibrant area of Camden Town, a separate tale for those interested in lively food markets.

With his black barista hat and engaging personality, Fizz always helps me to start my day with a nice hazelnut cappuccino when I’m in a rush for my internship (an occurrence that seems to happen so often that he simply laughs at my shock of him knowing my usual order).

Inside Westfield MallInside Westfield Mall.

A 7-minute walk with a few twists and turns, you can reach Westfield Mall, a beautiful and wide spaced shopping area. Classified as the largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom, the mall has five floors and has a total floor area of 2,600,000 ft².

Gold Hawk and Shepherd's BushMy new neighborhood in the evening.

To put it in simpler terms, CAPA chose an area that immersed their students in a globe of diversity, easy access to transportation, food-runs, and that probably unneeded shopping trips on the weekends. ;)

Thanks, Mariah!

See more of Mariah's journey in London.

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Topics: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Study Abroad, College Life, Environment