Exploring the local area: Leamington Spa
Leamington spa is undoubtedly a beautiful place to visit, with its unlimited opportunities for brunching, dining and shopping, to the bars, clubs and stunning gardens. There really is no shortage of things to see and do if you visit. So, as someone in third year who now lives in Leamington, I thought I’d talk you through a few of my personal favourite things.
Firstly, I really do love a brunch, and Leamington truly is the best place for it. There are endless brunching opportunities, from the chain restaurants and cafe’s such as Bills who do impeccable breakfasts’, to smaller individual cafe’s such as Procaffeinate and Coffee Architects where you can indulge in your favourite foods within the most aesthetically pleasing of environments. My personal favourite is coffee architects; I don’t think anything can possibly beat their savoury waffles or their eggs benedict, and it’s not too pricey either.
And then we move on to the countless places to dine. Regents court, in particular, has no shortage of places to eat and is home to a multitude of chain restaurants such as Las Iguanas, Yo Sushi, Turtle Bay, GBK and Nando’s. I have numerous favourite places to have dinner in Leamington, from the Japanese Hayasi or the new arrival of Giggling Squid, as well as the abundance of Indian and Chinese restaurants around every corner. Or, if you’re looking to pick something up on the cheap, you’ve also of course got your Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons on the main high street.
One of my favourite things about Leamington is also the great shopping. You’ve got everything you could want, from the many independent shops, such as Planet Bong which is perfect for all your fancy dress and night out needs, to all the standard high street stores of New Look, H&M and TopShop. Royal Priors is home to many of these shops and is right on the parade, which is the main high street in Leamington. Whether you’re looking to pick up some cheap essentials in Savers or Wilko, or you want to go on a full-blown shopping spree, Leamington is most definitely the place to be.
Leamington is also the perfect place to be when you’re starting to feel a little festive. There’s a Christmas market that runs every Sunday in the run up to Christmas which sells such a variety of things from food to the perfect Christmas gifts, and it really does get you in the Christmas spirit. Not to forget, the Christmas light switch on, which happens on the parade, is also great to attend and watch with all of your friends.
One of the great things about Leamington is also the number of bars and clubs that it is home to. It’s the perfect place to venture to for a drink or night out off-campus. When it comes to cocktails, you can always get your 2 4 1 deals at places like Turtle Bay or Las Iguanas, and House also does insanely good cocktails which are 2 for £10 during their happy hour (which is my personal favourite). If you’re looking for more of a pub night, there certainly is no shortage, and you’ve always got your trusty Wetherspoons to fall back on. And, when it comes to a night out, there’s places such as Smack, Neon, Kelsey’s and Assembly, all of which cater to different music tastes.
Last but not least, there is Jephson Gardens which is a fantastic place for a scenic and peaceful walk, although maybe more so in the summer months. This is my favourite spot during summer to settle down for a picnic and take some time out from my studies.