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There comes a time when every student realizes that one cannot live on pasta and one minute noodles for a prolonged period of time. That's when you start looking around a) for a job and b) for nice places where they serve warm and tasty food.

Now, I would love to share with you some of my favorite places, where I enjoy grabbing a bite. These are all located by the river and are 1-5 minutes away from each other. So you would always have a plan B. What is your excuse not to go?

Slug and Lettuce

This is where you'll find me every Monday (late) afternoon. How come? -Well, Slug and Lettuce offer a 50% off food every Monday and they always have some sort of a deal when you order two desserts. In addition, if you'd like to have a cocktail and catch up with a friend, Slug and Lettuce usually has deals on drinks. So, really, it is a sin not to eat there on Mondays! I have to say, the one thing, one of my friends is not particularly fascinated with is their hamburgers. Now, if you'd like a proper hamburger, that leads me to...

Byron Proper Hamburgers

This is the sort of place, for which superlatives like: 'The best burger on the high street' are used. Seriously though, if you want a good burger- that's the place to go! Their menu is extensive and they have a vegetarian option, which I've tried and it is amazing! The juicy burgers are served with a cucumber on the side plus a portion of either fries or a salad. The other thing Byron is famous for would be their milkshakes. You have a variety to choose from and you can order one to take away and stroll along the river with your friends. - Which is exactly what I did last Friday!

Strada

This has to be my favorite restaurant in Kingston. If you are facing Slug and Lettuce, Strada is located to the left of it. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is great. This is the place where I celebrated my 20th birthday and where, a couple of months later, one of my flat mates celebrated hers. The prices are a bit on the higher end when you are living on a tight student budget but hey, why not treat yourself once in a while? It is worth even going for a glass of wine or a dessert.

Woody's

They have funky furniture and a quirky atmosphere. It is a buzzing place and the staff are lovely! Woody's located just by the river, if you take a stroll along the river from Slug and Lettuce in the direction of Surbiton. They offer everything from starters through salads to burgers and what not. Woody's simply must be visited!

Jamie's Italian

One thing - be prepared to queue. I can only say a couple of things for Jamie's Italian- they have good food but since it is always busy, I can't say that their service is amazing. You would (more than occasionally) find yourself having to wait for a table (unless you have booked one, which would be the smart thing to do) so if you've decided to go there on an impulse, I suggest you have a second choice as well.

La Tasca

This one, like Slug and Lettuce, is a chain. So, while you can enjoy a meal at one of the many busy La Tasca restaurants in central, you can also do that locally, in the much quieter Kingston. Great Spanish food, good atmosphere and a great service!

There is also the Riverside Vegetaria, Zizzi, Carluccio's, Wagamama and a variety of local pubs that you can pop in for a delicious Sunday roast. And these are just the places by the river! Imagine how many restaurants there are in the whole Kingston area. This I promise you: you won't get bored easily.

 

5. Surfing for the first time

I went to visit my friend in the south of France. I'd never surfed but jumped at a chance to have a go and it didn't disappoint. It takes a while but luckily my friend was a good teacher and by the end of the day, I managed to ride a wave!

Surfing for the first time

4. Midnight golf

I went to visit friends from home and we ended up playing golf up in the hills. I popped back to Folkestone for some summer loving with my friends. We spent about 2 hours golfing balls off the hills and having laugh.

Midnight golf in the hills

3. Barcelona

Sun, beach and a city what more could you want? A city every young person has to go to. I went after finishing first year and then travelled to the south of France with a friend. It was amazing and we met so many people.

Barcelona

2. My cousins came to London

They came for a whole three weeks all the way from Abu Dhabi. Last summer my cousins came to visit for three weeks, I got to take them around the city acting like a tour guide and showed them all the sights of London. London is beautiful in the summer.

Me being a London tour guide

1. Bestival

In 2012 I saw Stevie Wonder live and of course it was amazing. I loved Bestival so much went again in 2013. It's such a great vibe because everyone is so friendly. I lost my camera and someone handed it in. I've never been so happy!

Having a great time at Bestival!

 

5. Explore your back garden

Remember how it was when you were a child? Being able to get pure enjoyment from hanging out in a park or stick fighting? Well, when you've got plenty of time on your hands that is exactly what you should do. Growing up into the grown-up world isn't always as you'd think. You should always try to hold onto the things that make you excited!

Don't forget the simple thing in life that make you happy

4. Visit Friends

Chances are that you'll have some time to spare in the summer, so make plans to travel and visit friends. 

Visiting my lovely friends

3. Intern

Interning is a brilliant opportunity to build a strong CV. It helps put the theory you would have learned throughout the year into practice, as well as making valuable connections with people in the industry you want to go into.

Internships can do so much to strengthen your job applications in future

2. Work

Get a part-time job during the summer to help fund your social life while at university, otherwise you'll end up feeling left behind when others want you to come out.

Working to fund my social life

1. Travel

It doesn't matter where, just make sure you get out and travel. The spare time you have while at University is something you should be aiming to take full advantage of. Get out there and see the world.

On my travels!

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