Just touched down in London Town!
Typically one arrives in London through Heathrow, taxi's to a hotel, and begins their royal, english vacation. Still taking London by storm, a college girl's experience may look a little different, but may also look a bit more adventurous.
How to Get to London
If you're flying from another European country, take RyanAir Airlines. I managed to fly to and from London for under $100. The catch is you will fly into London Luton Airport, which is about 45 minutes away from the heart of London. Not the most ideal situation, however a cheap flight and a no-stress bus ride on easyBus make this decision a no-brainer.
Where To Stay
The cheapest, most reliable option is Airbnb. Airbnb is always my go-to! We stayed in a small apartment in South Kensington and it was in the perfect area, close to everything, and served as a great place to touch down after our 30,000+ walking days.
What to Do + Where to Eat in London Neighborhoods
- Walk the streets lined with colorful houses that will tug at your heart like no other
- Portabello Market
- Visit the ever so famous Notting Hill Book Store, Hugh Grant's bookstore in the Notting Hill film
- Farm Girl Cafe
- The Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Cafe (Most definitely instagrammable)
- The Hummingbird Bakery
- Snaps + Rye
- Morning jog in Hyde park through Kensington Gardens... maybe you'll see Princess Kate and Prince Harry, you never know!
- The Orangery for high tea!! The royal treatment.
- The Queens Arms
- See the most up to date, most famous modern artwork at the Tate Modern
- Watch the street performers on a beautiful day along the river
- Walk the Harry Potter #5 famous bridge
- The London Eye, I for one don't think its worth the money, but it is cool!
- Southbank Food Market
- Arabica Bar & Kitchen
- Iconic department store shopping at Harrod's.
- Make your Parent Trap dreams come true and visit the London house.
- Harrod's may have every type of cuisine you could ever crave, and it's all yummy! Get a zebra donut.
- Take a picture in the iconic red phone booths
- Visit the must-see's: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey
- Tour the Windsor Castle
- Walk the cute little town
- The Carpenter's Arms
- Covent Garden
- See a broadway show at The Shaftesbury Theatre
- MEATliquor W1
- Ben's Cookies
- The Black Penny
- Bukowski Grill
Four days wasn't nearly enough time in London. If I had a few more days I would have loved to check out:
- Explore the England countryside
- Satisfy my Harry Potter obsession and visit Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, England, and the Great Hall and other filming locations in the heart of Oxford.
- Travel to the Jurassic Coast
- Spend a day in Wimbledon
- Take a day trip up to Lancashire, home to witch trials which took place in the late 1600's
Comment with your favorite neighborhood of London!