While you are in London, you must take time to walk through Hyde Park, around Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Popular shopping areas include Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, or Knightsbridge. Do your best to see all the bridges that cross the Thames along the length of the city. Particularly beautiful are Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Jubilee Bridge, and the actual London Bridge.
Short on money but want to take in more of London? Not a problem! Try taking a walk or having a picnic around some of London’s scenic gardens and parks. Spend a day taking in many of London’s free museum filled with historical collections, artifacts and artwork.
"See a football game, sit in a park on any sunny day, go to a different room of the British Museum each day, visit the slides at the Tate Modern, go on day trips outside of Central London to Primrose Hill, or walk along the Thames River. In Dreamland, get a fancy haircut."
- Nigel Freeman, Assistant Director of Student Life
Brits love football! In London, there are 5 Premier League football clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Tottenham, and West Ham, plus there are numerous London-based lower league clubs.
The way to get tickets generally is to become a member of the club, and generally there's a half-season membership. However, there is a new tickets-only membership that just lets individuals buy tickets. Pricing varies by club, with Chelsea being most expensive. Membership grants access to online ticketing and the more you purchase from the club (merchandise, tickets, etc.) more points you accumulate.
If you do not make it to a stadium, try watching a game on TV. Saturdays and Sundays are dedicated to football at the pubs. If you are not into the sport, but still want to take part of the legacy, take a tour of the new Wembley Stadium.
Typical British food is very heavy and many visitors tend to eat out at pubs which means your typical drink can be a pint of beer. As a result, it is extremely easy to pack on the pounds in short order.
Nido has a Fitness Centre in the building, and although you do have to pay a fee, it is extremely accessible. There are also tons of yoga studios in the city and parks to exercise in as well. If you are up for a challenge, take a run along the Thames. You can also stay fit by walking around and enjoying all the sights! Take advantage of your central London location. Many famous and interesting sites are within walking distance. You'll discover more, see things you would not otherwise see, save money and get fit.
London has an amazing theatre and entertainment scene. The West End is bursting with new plays and musicals . It is right by the academic center, and has a vibe similar to the Broadway shows in Times Square. As New York, there are many ways to see shows cheaply, and if you do your research, shows in the West End can be far cheaper than they would be in the States.