Get to know the local area!
Warwick’s campus has so much to offer but the local area is worth getting to know as well! In this blog, I introduce you to my favourite spots in Leamington Spa and Birmingham.
This is my second year living in Leamington so I have had time to explore and try out most of its cafés. Here are my two favourites.
This cute little café is an all-time classic and favourite among students and locals in Leamington. You will easily find yourself waiting outside for a table on weekends! Trust me, it’s worth the wait They serve delicious cooked food and their cakes are iconic! When the weather permits it, their outdoor tables are great for soaking up some vitamin D. Coffee Architects has been the perfect spot for me for birthday celebrations, a well-deserved study break or a much-needed catch-up with a friend.
This little gem is my favourite place to get some work done. The owner of the café really knows his stuff when it comes to coffee so you’re guaranteed to get an exceptionally good tasting cup! They also have the BEST muffins I have ever tasted (and given my muffin obsession, that says a lot ). Their seating area is perfect for working on your computer. The staff is wonderfully accommodating and friendly!Given that as students we can end up clocking a lot of hours inside in the library, getting enough fresh air is really important. Whenever the weather permits it, I love having a coffee or some food outside and Leamington offers the perfect place for it!
Jephson Gardens is a beautiful (old Victorian) park next to River Leam. It is very well maintained, with lots of greenery and flowers. I regularly go there in the warmer, sunnier months with friends or for some quiet alone time. It can also make for an excellent spot to bring your date There is a cute tea pavilion and an interesting Glasshouse with tropical plants in the centre of it. I really think the park makes up for the slightly gloomier, rainy days so take advantage of it when you can!
Although Leamington offers almost anything you might need in your daily life, it is of course not a big city. Hence why being so close to Birmingham is awesome! If you don’t want to travel all the way to London (which really isn’t very far either) but do want to take advantage of a big shopping mall (think the biggest Primark in the UK!) and some different food options, Birmingham is great. Besides shopping and eating, Birmingham has a HUGE arena that hosts a variety of events, from sporting events to shows and concerts from really big artists. I personally saw the Indoor European Athletics Championships there and a concert by The 1975.
If you’re into music and sports, I would definitely recommend checking their programme – it’s so easy to get to and take advantage of!
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the authentic Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is not to be missed! The market is really very nice and such a fun thing to go to during a weekend with your friends. It’s also another really nice date idea
At the market, you can find traditional German food and drink (think Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwurst and gluhwein), as well as lots of stands with cute gift ideas.
I hope this gives you an idea of the fun things the local area has to offer. And there is still so much more! It can be tempting, especially in your first year, to stay on campus. But, wouldn’t it be a shame not to experience everything that’s available so close around it? Get out there and explore!
If you have any questions, would like further recommendations or want to hear more about my experience at Warwick and in Leamington, don’t’ hesitate to get in touch!