College Girl Travel Guide: London

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

Notting Hill

To do
- 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

To eat
- Farm Girl Cafe
- Eggbreak
- The Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Cafe (Most definitely instagrammable)
- The Hummingbird Bakery
- Blend
- Snaps + Rye

Kensington

To do
- Morning jog in Hyde park through Kensington Gardens... maybe you'll see Princess Kate and Prince Harry, you never know! 

To eat
- The Orangery for high tea!! The royal treatment. 
- The Queens Arms

Southbank

tatemodern

To do
- 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!

To eat
- Southbank Food Market
- Arabica Bar & Kitchen

Knightsbridge

harros

To do
- Iconic department store shopping at Harrod's.
- Make your Parent Trap dreams come true and visit the London house.

To eat
- Harrod's may have every type of cuisine you could ever crave, and it's all yummy! Get a zebra donut. 
- Squirrel

Westminster

To do
- Take a picture in the iconic red phone booths
- Visit the must-see's: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey

Windsor

To do
- Tour the Windsor Castle
- Walk the cute little town

To eat
- The Carpenter's Arms

Soho

london

To do
- Covent Garden
- See a broadway show at The Shaftesbury Theatre

To eat
- MEATliquor W1
- Ben's Cookies
- The Black Penny
- Bukowski Grill
- Nopi
- Dehesa

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!