Being in a new city can be hard. There are some things you absolutely have to do during your time here, and we’ve compiled a list of the best.
Be A Tourist
If you fancy learning about London and leaving your study books alone for a day, then London is a fantastic city that can cater for every tourist’s need. Hop on a bus and go exploring! Typically, a local will ignore tourists and may accidentally spend their whole lives without experiencing enough of the rich culture this city has to offer. Here is a list to begin your journey: The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the London Dungeon, Madam Tussaud’s. The nifty thing about each of these is that they are surrounded by other points of interest. It may take you a while though, so plan thoroughly.
Museums and Galleries
Unless you are a history student or an aspiring archaeologist, there’s little chance the local museums would tickle your fancy. But the museums in London are world class and worth exploring, and the same goes for the art galleries. Here’s a list of free (oh yes, they’re all free!) museums and galleries: The National History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (opposite the Science Museum, how convenient!), the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Fancy sunbathing, boating, enjoying a picnic or enjoying the smell of some of the most well-kept gardens around? No you don’t need to travel, you can do all of these activities in any of London’s large parks. Fun fact: London has so many trees that it is technically classed as a forest! 8.4 million trees clean the air and thus make you a resident of the Earth’s largest urban forest. Check out this article from The Guardian for more information. Within London’s parks are many stunning features to enjoy, from boating lakes, a zoo, Victorian gardens and listed buildings. Here’s another list for you to enjoy and explore: Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Embankment Gardens, St James’s Park, Richmond Park, Crystal Palace and Greenwich Park.
The West End
If you like to be entertained for hours on end in a place packed full of shops, theatres, cinemas, comedy clubs, restaurants and more, then the West End is for you. Not only are you guaranteed to find a show to your tastes, but the West End is the proving ground for aspiring and established actors, so look out for some real stars! Start on Shaftesbury Avenue and make your way to Leicester Square. Once you’ve fallen in love with the place and have been suitably entertained, go and experience M&Ms World on the North West corner of Leicester Square, you’ll never look back!
London is the largest city in the UK with dozens of universities spread across this ancient town. As a student you are surrounded by historical monuments and stunning new skyscrapers that tower over thousands of shops, restaurants, attractions and endless cultural and social opportunities. Once fully explored, you’ll see that football congestion is a mere drop in the ocean, and that an opportunity of alternative entertainment is only around the corner.
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