Before I moved to London for my LPC, I had only ever spent weekends here on family holidays, so it was quite a new thing for me. I was understandably quite anxious about moving, but the firm are really good at making you feel part of the team and the City from the very start. Once I had my training contract offer, I regularly travelled down to London for 'new joiner' events. By my first day at the firm I felt that I knew central London, and Hogan Lovells, very well.
Farringdon, where the office is based, is a fun area that has a lot going on throughout the year. In two years, I’m yet to complete my list of places I'd like to go for lunch – there are so many things to choose from. Every week you seem to get a new recommendation for some niche place that turns out to be really good.
There are great places to go out in the evening after work as well – everything from sleek City bars to cosy pubs to restaurants around the market at Smithfield. The trainees tend to go out for drinks there on a Friday evening, when the market turns into a lively hub of restaurants, bars and even karaoke.
Back in the office, day-to-day life as a trainee is good. Often you’re working hard and it seems like the days fly by, but the satisfaction of your work – the way it constantly changes and the way it challenges you – is hard to beat. Two days are very rarely the same. By Friday you often feel like you’ve earned your weekend, and London is a great place to spend it, having lunch by the river, roaming the museums or braving the crowds at Oxford Street.