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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!

College Girl Travel Guide: Copenhagen

For four months, I had the privilege of calling Copenhagen home. Iconic, colorful buildings on the canal served as the back drop of my study abroad semester. This post is the beginning of a travel guide series, fit for a college student on a budget. Everything from where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and what to see.  


What to Do:

Tivoli: One of the world's oldest amusement parks built right in the middle of the city, and it's more magical than Disney World. Tivoli is open seasonally in the summer and during Halloween and Christmas time. Click here for seasonal hours. 

Nyhavn: Pastel color houses right on the water lining the street... a girl's picture backdrop dream.

Friendship Boats or Go Boats: If appropriate weather - grab your friends, some charcuterie and wine, and a responsible boat driver to glide along the canals. Go around dinner time to get a glimpse of the sunset as your finishing up. Click here for Go Boats and click here for Friendship Boats. 
*p.s. if it's cold, look into the hot tub boats
*p.p.s Friendship Boats were my favorite. 

Harbour Baths: Again, if weather permitting, take the metro to Island Bryyge and soak up Copenhagen's idea of a beach. On a sunny, warm day you'll find tons of Danes on the lawn getting some sun and jumping off the "cliffs." 

Hillsong: A sweet church that I got to call home for a few months. The people are great, the Gospel is very evident, and it's all in english! The best way to spend a Sunday! 

Bike: Rent some bikes and go on a ride around the city. If biking is second nature to you, any hour will work for you, just know that biking is perceived as another car in the eyes of the Danes. If you like relaxing bike rides, go in the morning hours on the weekend. 

Climb the Church of Our Savior: Best view of the city by far. 


What to Eat

If you want to eat on Nyhavn and not spend a fortune at the tourist trap restaurants, eat at Gorm's. Pizza, salads, and a cool vibe, Gorm's serves as the perfect affordable place to eat. There are two other Gorm's locations as well. 

GRØD: I don't like oatmeal or porridge, but GRØD has changed that. The perfect breakfast, and it's cheap! 

Mad & Kaffe: I'm mad about brunch here. GO HERE, and here to check it out. 

42 Raw: A health nut's dream. All raw, natural, organically made. Acai bowls were my go-to! 

Väkst: A quintessential Scandinavian dinner. More on the expensive side, but definitely a yummy, aesthetically pleasing, Denmark feel. Click here for the restaurant's website. 

Paper Island: Street food meets good food. From falafel, to tacos, to sweet potato fries, to BBQ, to sushi, to cheesecake. A giant warehouse with every kind of food you could ever want. Grab a mojito and whatever you're in the mood to eat, and sit outside by the water and watch the boats go by. 


Where to Stay

I'm only familiar with two places to stay in the city. For a cheap hostel, Copenhagen Downtown is nice (via one of my friends). For a hotel, the Kong Arthur was absolutely beautiful! I stayed here with my mom when she came to visit, and I did not want to leave!


Where to Shop

Strøget is the longest pedestrian street FULL of shops and cafes.

My favorite stores to shop in were:
& Other Stories
COS
Magasin (similar to Nordstrom) 
Notre Dame (similar to Anthropologie Home)
 


Where to Get Your Coffee Fix

Check out my previous coffee in Copenhagen post with everything coffee, and write-ups on each!
Below are a few of my favorites. 

Coffee Collective
Emmery's
Democratic Coffee
Coffee Industry
Buzz Kaffebar
Original Coffee
Paludan
Kompa 9 Cafe


Beautiful Streets

Jægersborggade
Grønnegade
Amagergade
Sankt Pauls Gade
Blågårdsgade
Magstræde and Snaregade


If you would like a personalized Copenhagen Travel Guide, contact me. 

What are your favorite places and things to do in Copenhagen?? 
Comment Below!