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Monday - 12 May

Starting the week smiling. After working today, I slipped into my smiley Doc Martens. It's supposed to get warmer towards the end of the week so I'm making the most of my smiley boots.

My Doc Martens brighten my day!

Tuesday - 13 May

Today has been pretty quiet so I wanted to show you guys how awesome it can be living 20 minutes away from central London! This is a picture from back in February when I met one of my idols, Tay Jardine, from 'We Are The In Crowd'. This is the picture from Koko in Camden, but I also met her the day before in Kingston at a show!

Wednesday - 14 May

The second day of vocal recording in the Kingston Hill recording studios. It was a long day but I can proudly announce that one track is nearly done!

Tay JardineOne track done!

Thursday - 15 May

I was so glad to get these out again today! Who needs to go abroad when you have the Kingston sunshine!

My Sunny G's!

Friday - 16 May

The band and I headed down to a local pub, Bar 88, for it's weekly open mic night.We got involved and the floor quickly filled! We did a great job if the audience reaction is anything to go by! It was so fun to go on a night out with the boys!

A great night with my band

Saturday - 17 May

Up reasonably early and back into the recording studios, another song down! Two more to go!

Sunday - 18 May

As the sun was shining I thought I'd make the most of it and take an early trip to Starbucks in Surbiton. Even though I ended up apparently reading yesterday's newspaper, it was nice to get out of the flat.

Another day in the recording studioStarbucks

 

 

Keywords: student, budget. AKA: bottom of the food chain, broke. Let's face it, you can't afford to shop from M&S and Waitrose every single time. However, you don't want to be living on ASDA and Tesco's basics range products. The good news is that you can achieve a balance fairly easily. I will take you step by step on what sort of products you can find in shops around Surbiton, Kingston and Kingston Hill. 

TOP TIP - Get points cards for each of these shops! I have managed to accumulate around 15-20 pounds on each card over the last three years.

Market place

Take it from someone, who has lived her three years at university on fruit and veggies from the market place, this is the best place to go for those! Not only are fruit and vegetables incredibly cheap but they also are the real deal and you can avoid that plastic taste by buying from the market place, which is situated in the heart of Kingston. Make salads, soups, stir fries- it's all bound to taste good! Besides, you won't be breaking the bank. My top tip for shopping at the market place is to go towards the end of the day, when they tend to lower the prices of the produce; you will get more for your money then.

Sainsbury's

I have figured out that Sainsbury's is pretty good, if you are buying meat. Their frozen goods section is also pretty good. I recommend you buy milk and eggs from there as well as they are good quality and they come at reasonable prices. Ordinary things such as pasta and pasta sauce are also okay. There is a Sainsbury's in town (right next to Marks & Spencers, close to Boots) and another one in Surbiton.

M&S

Well, this one is self explanatory, really but I do recommend Marks and Spencers baked goods in particular. They are always fresh and there is nothing better than getting that hot loaf of warm bread as soon as it has come out of the oven. My top tip for there is to wait until they reduce the food in the evening because you will be able to get meals for at least two people for less than the price you will pay for yourself. You can find Marks and Spencer in Kingston next to Sainsbury's and there is also another one right next to the train station in Surbiton.

Waitrose

Yes, it is expensive but isn't it all so good? I recommend you don't buy your essentials from there as there is really no point. Go there for the things that bring out the taste in your food- e.g. stir fry sauces. You can also get a whole cooked chicken for around 5 pounds, which is pretty amazing. Hello, dinner with friends! If you are feeling particularly lazy, their pre-made meals are also really good. Waitrose is situated in John Lewis in Kingston (next to the Bentalls center) and there is also another one in Surbiton, close to the train station.

Tesco

I don't trust Tesco too much but I do sometimes find myself browsing their shelves. You can buy tins as well as pre-made meals, when they reduce them in the evening. Their Granny Smith's apples are to be trusted as well. There is a Tesco Express right next to the train station in Kingston.

Asda

Asda is good for all your tin goods, pizzas and cheese. You can get your spices from there as well and their meat selection is not bad either. There is an ASDA on the road to Kingston Hill and there is another one close to Roehampton Vale.

Lidl

I admit, Lidl is a bit odd. You can, however, find real gems in there! I usually stock up on coffee, chocolate, Greek cheese and olives whenever I pass. Lidl is situated in the passage way next to McDonald's in Kingston.

Hope that helped!

Kingston Life

Posted 15 May 2014 by Tamara

 

As a third year student, I've had plenty of time to reflect on what makes Kingston such an amazing university town for me! From summers down by the river to the busy shopping centre, I can definitely say I have quickly fallen in love with Kingston and its many attractions!

1. Places to Eat

One thing I definitely like to take full advantage of - the food! Me and my housemate do 'Feel good Friday' every Friday as we are that cool, which involves going to different restaurants every Friday and trying them out! The best pick of the bunch have to be:

  • Wagamamas - You should have heard of this one! Amazing food, not bad prices.
  • Any restaurant in the Rotunda! From the amazing meal deals at Frankie & Bennie's to 2-4-1 on Mondays at Frango's, the Rotunda is an easy place to go and guarantee you'll love the food there!
  • Pizza Hut buffet - Monday to Friday, unlimited pizza for ridiculously cheap prices!
  • The Mill - By the river, nice atmosphere, good food.
  • Hungry Horse- Again in the Rotunda, but this one deserved a special mention! Deals on every day, and massive portion sizes, this has to be one of my favourites...

2. Shopping!

If you wander into Kingston town centre, you can see one thing Kingston has lots of is shops! You can get all your standard stores such as Topshop, New Look, Primark etc., but along with this you have the Bentalls centre which can offer something a little bit more luxurious if you want to treat yourself!

3. The River

My favourite place in the summer! On hot days, being down by the river is absolutely beautiful, with pubs such as the Ram offering outdoor seating so you can really make the most of it! Just strolling along the river there are loads of pubs to choose from, and if you're on a strict budget just cross over the bridge to the other side, go to the grassy area and bring a picnic and drinks to enjoy, at a much cheaper cost!

4. Nights out

Another thing Kingston is definitely good for! I love the nightlife here in Kingston, from Union Student Mondays at Hippodrome, Amagi/Pryzm Wednesdays, or if you're feeling brave to face the St. Marys lot, McCluskey's! Then at the weekend there is a pick of all those clubs, and a lot of pubs such as Weatherspoon's come alive offering a decent atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks!

5. Close to Central!

From Surbiton station, a train to central can take less than half hour, and from there you have access to all the shops, museums, attractions and nightlife that the Capital City of London offers!

What more could you want? :)

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