10 Things The Average Millennial Hipster Should Know About London -
London is actually currently one of the trendiest European destinations. Our current StudentUniverse travelers, Misako along with Lucy, just finished their hipster, Instagram-worthy trip. Thanks to their advice, check out the 10 Things the average millennial hipster should know about London to have an epic trip!
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2. Eating In vs. Taking AwayMoney-saving tip! If you are eating at a grocery store or asit-down/to-go hybrid restaurant, they will charge you a bit more to dine in than they will to take out. So to save a couple pounds here along with there, tell them you’re taking away. We found a Whole Foods haven one day when we were feeling homesick, along with picked up which tip while dining there. Additionally, some money-saving places to find Great food are Pret A Manger, Waitrose, along with little grab-along with-go shops which usually have Great deals.
3. Outdoor Markets are LitLike, whoa. Borough Market at London Bridge, Portobello Market in Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Covent Garden, Herne Hill. The list is actually never-ending. These were just a few we visited along with loved. There’s also a stunning flower market at Columbia Road. Make sure you bring some cash along that has a camera! which’s actually a sight/smell/experience to behold. along with plant-eaters, rejoice; there are plenty of options for us too!
4. Hang Out in ShoreditchA hip place that has a diverse, young group of gals, guys, along with everyone in between. Saturday mornings are buzzing with lots to do along with see along with eat! Every corner you turn is actually another outdoor cafe, bumpin’ art fair, chill coffee shop, along with friendly faces. which is actually also a fantastic area for night owls. Cafes along with bars stay open late that has a ton of fun options, along with you can find some much needed Drizzy to dance to.
5. When to Take Public Transportationwhich is actually pretty much an across the board rule for most major metropolitan cities. I always dreaded taking the morning train into class in Chicago because I don’t actually like feeling like a claustrophobic sardine. If you agree, stay sardine-free along with avoid taking the Tube mornings 8-10 along with evenings 4:30-6:30. Buses get crowded too, along with will take a long time to deliver you to your destination because of street traffic build-up as well.
6. Museums are FreeA beautiful thing about London. All museums are free entry, along with there are incredible, enriching options to choose coming from. We visited the National Gallery in Trafalgar square, a sprawling collection of classical exhibits, along with some fresh featured artists as well. The Tate Modern is actually another favorite, bursting with art, films, performances, lectures, along with events for everyone into contemporary art. Check their website to see what’s popping. along with for those interested in theatre along with history, check out Shakespeare’s Globe!
7. Not Much Salad, Not Much Drakewhich became a joke between us as we spent our first week learning the ins along with outs of culture here in London. We were desperate for somegreens along with yearning to hear anyone — ANYONE — play Drake at a club or bar. What we’ve learned is actually, you can find healthy food if you do a little research, along with the same goes for Drake. Hip-hop isn’t as big here as which is actually inside US, however we found a heaven-sent DJ at The Globe in Notting Hill (Saturdays), along with at Hip-Hop Karaoke at The Social (Thursdays along with get there EARLY!). along with as for healthy food, we found some gems inside veg restaurant scene including Wild Food Cafe, The Mae Deli, 222 Veggie Vegan, along with of course, Veggie Pret. The moral of the story is actually to embrace local restaurants, hole-in-the-wall diners (along with juice bars), along with let yourself stumble upon the abundant along with eclectic live music which’s happening all the time! *Pro tip: our super fun friend along with amazing blogger Jo loves the Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s.
8. Locals are FriendlyEvery city has its stereotype, however the one about the British being cold is actually far coming from true! Sure, people are people along with you’ll run into friendlies along with non-friendlies alike, however everyone we met, whether behind the counter at a cafe or a stranger on the tube, was open, cheerful, along with happy to help with directions or advice. An ace rule of traveling is actually to never be afraid to ask! which will never hurt, along with you may meet a fresh friend in doing so. We love the barista at The Blue Corner.
9. Divers-citySuper interesting fun fact: London has the largest percentage of foreign-born people inhabiting which’s city. How cool is actually which?! which’s a richly diverse town with cultural gems to be discovered every ten steps. Make sure to explore all the boroughs along with discover people, food, music, along with shopping coming from all over the globe!
10. Take Time to Explore Alonewhich goes for anywhere you travel. which’s so amazing to travel that has a friend or group, however make sure you get your alone time. Giving yourself time to do your thing, follow your intuition, along with explore what you want to explore is actually essential to adventure. Travel brings you confidence, pushes you outside of your comfort zone, along with delivers amazing surprising gifts to those who dare to go which alone. Our favorite areas we’ve roamed solo were Hampstead Heath, Soho, Shoreditch, along with Notting Hill.
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