To get over the loneliness when I first arrived, I met up with the friends in my set as often as I could. This was usually in the dining room every day at meal times. The food was full of carbs and very heavy but we had no choice but to eat it. As a result, we all put on loads of weight in a short space of time.
I always made sure I was invited out. We went to house parties most of the time in places like Wood Green, Tottenham, Golders Green, Brixton and Croydon. We danced to R&B and reggae. We went to a few clubs like the Cue Club in Paddington and Hammersmith Palais. My most favourite form of socialising was going to concerts to places like Wembley Arena, Ronnie Scott’s or The Odeon in Hammersmith and Finsbury Park.