Winter is upon us and soon all the festive London events have started - or are starting very shortly! When I moved to London I had only ever been here before on short weekend visits, so I didn't really know where to go to do things, and what there was to do in the area!
Over the Christmas period, loads of new things pop up in and around London, like all the markets! There's one on Southbank, at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, in Belgravia (just to name a few), and of course - we have our very own in Kingston! These markets can be great places to get funky gifts for your friends and families, as they are often full of hand crafted or quirky items! And of course, the majority of them serve brilliant food and drink, so even if you're too short on money to shop, you can have a browse and enjoy a pork roll and a mulled wine to warm you up!
Loads of ice rinks pop up as well, there's one in winter wonderland, one at the natural history museum and one not far from Kingston in Hampton Court! They normally cost between £10-£15 per person, but it's a great day out and you can go and have fun falling over (if you're anything like me at ice skating) with your friends!
Talking of Winter Wonderland, it's a place you all HAVE to get yourselves to! It's such a good event and is always worth a visit! It's full of rides, big and small, mirror houses, Christmas cheer and lots of food and drink! My favourite place there is a little barn bar which does live music, always worth a look! I make a tradition of going every year with my friends and we always have a great night! If you're skint (like most of us are at this time of the year!) don't worry because it is free entry, so even if you don't want to spend much money on going on the rides and into the attractions such as the circus, ice rink and ice palace there is still plenty for you to look at and do without spending a penny! Also, if you're walking there (which is always fun in Christmas, as you'll get to see all the Christmas lights) check out Harrods when you walk past, there is always mad decorations in the windows!
So, that was a short and sweet list of some things that you might want to check out over Christmas, and if you know anywhere amazing to go at this time of year, or find anywhere, give me a shout!
Salut beautiful people!
I hope everyone is doing well, and not sleep-deprived like me (it's hard out here in these law streets). This weekend I got a great break and went out to a club in central London called 'Moonlighting' for a friend's birthday. I don't go to central London much for clubbing, given that trains stop running earlier than when I usually leave a club, night buses are a pain, and taxis (especially the black ones) can be expensive. I do love going there for dinner/a few drinks/concerts though. If you ever end up in Soho definitely check out 'Zenna Bar'. I also LOVEEE to hop over to Piccadilly and get a CINNABONNNN (can you see how much I love them).
As great as central London is, what really drew me to Kingston was that it is large and has so much to do that I don't feel like I am missing out living outside central (Kingston is only about a 20 min train). It's great to just take the uni bus (which is free and runs Monday-Friday) to town with a few friends and grab some food and do something fun to relax and hangout.
Yea there are clubs such as 'Hippodrome,' 'McClusky's', 'Ama-gi,' 'Oceana' (well... was Oceana, it is now shut down and being replaced by 'Pryzm'), but sometimes I am just not in the mood to party on the few days I have off to unwind. If you do go clubbing in Kingston, it is worth stopping to 'Weatherspoon's' first as they usually have really cheap drink specials and meals, and play great music.
So what do I do instead? Well I love stopping at the Rotunda, because you can go bowling there, there's also a cinema, and great places to eat such as 'Frankie & Benny's' (their pasta is so good!) In Kingston there's also 'Byron Burger,' 'Gourmet Burger Kitchen,' and you have places that not only have great food, but great happy hour specials like 2-4-1's at 'Las Iguanas' (they serve amazing Mexican food). 'Las Iguanas' has to be my favourite place to eat! And how could I forget the oh-so-good 'Nando's!'
As great as all of this sounds, I always keep in mind that I am a student - I have to budget and I can't always spend an exorbitant amount of money during my outings. Thus, I have become OBSESSED with 'Groupon' (groupon.co.uk) where you look up specials in your city (even though I am in Kingston, I look up London since we're so close) for restaurants, shows, beauty and well-being, travel, and the list goes on and on and on!
I have purchased boot camp sessions, hot yoga sessions, beauty products and so much more on Groupon. I even purchased my trip to Venice back in October - 3 nights, 4 days including hotel and return plane ticket for less than £200 (will post about my amazingggg trip next month)!!! Trust me, registering on Groupon will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. The only downside is that specials only last for a few days/while supplies last, but they always have many to choose from all the time, so make sure check it out!
If you have any more questions about nightlife, don't hesitate to ask! xx
Throughout your university career everyone will tell you how important it is to make sure you get your work done on time, make the most of every opportunity and tons of other things that will look great on your CV; and quite frankly making yourself employable can be very hard work sometimes. That's why it's great to have at least some sort of a social life to blow off some steam. The "go-to" hang out spots for students looking to let their hair down will no doubt be one of the many upbeat nightclubs Kingston has to offer, but what if you're like me and not much of a bar crawler? Well there's something out there for us too!
You'll see this place appear so many times in so many blogs because it's such a versatile place; it's just as entertaining at night as it is during the day. There's the ODEON cinema with 14 screens, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand and the AMBAR bar; then there's tenpin bowling, also with a bar and fast food outlets; David Lloyd Leisure if you feel like working up a sweat or just chilling and many great restaurants with a new one on the way.
The Slug & Lettuce
If you like something a bit more up market then this is the place for you. A personal favourite of mine, during the evening it's a restaurant, with varied menu it even serves mock tails if you don't feel like waking the next morning with a hangover. At night it transforms into a full-fledged wine bar with music, bouncers, and everything - though it doesn't have the complete nightclub feel so you get the best of both worlds!
Situated opposite The Slug and lettuce, Carluccio's is an authentic Italian restaurant that looks way more expensive than it really is. So if you're in the mood for some Italian and you've got some time and a bit of money to spare then this is the place for you.
If there's one thing that's in abundance in Kingston it's restaurants. They're dotted all around Kingston; some of which include favourites like Nando's and TGI Friday's, to smaller ones like La Tasca , Las Iguanas and Jamie Oliver's restaurant (I'm really not sure if that's its name or not!), but doesn't matter what you feel for on your night out there's bound to be something for you.
Rose Theatre/Arthur Cotterell Theatre
If you're a bit more dramatic or not feeling for food then the theatre is another option. There's a misconception when people think about the theatre that it's going to be something like Les Miserables but the truth is there are so many things that go on. The Rose theatre has an oval shaped stage, semi-circular seating and a pit area where audiences can sit on cushions to watch performances and has had many big named celebs grace its stage. Similarly the AC theatre which is located in Kingston College, is not only used for productions by student and independent theatre groups but it's also a used for events in Kingston including concerts, dance events and talks.
if you're a pub person then this is for you! Kingston has plenty of options in this department, including favourite like The King's Tun, The Ram, Hart's Boatyard, The Waggon and Horses and plenty more.
The Kingston University Knights Park student union bar on a fundraiser night.
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