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Local Attractions

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.

  • The world’s largest Ferris wheel.
  • 32 glass-enclosed gondolas glide slowly and gracefully. The entire journey takes about 30 minutes.
  • Long ticket queues - so try booking your tickets ahead of time by visiting http://www.londoneye.com
  • Both daytime and nighttime views are breathtaking.

  • Where every monarch has been crowned since the 13th century.
  • An architectural gem and a major burial site for many members of royalty.
  • Try to attend an evensong service to truly enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Home of Big Ben.
  • Postcards do not do the Houses justice – the actual beauty, presence, and ornate architecture will awe you.
  • Can see the actual inside from visitors’ galleries or attend a guided tour late spring- summer .

  • Originally a royal residence, but known more for its use as a prison.
  • Bloody history includes stories of exmurders. Read a bit about King Henry VIII’s reputation before visiting the site.
  • Home of the British Crown Jewels.
  • Tour guides tend to be humorous and great storytellers.

  • Winston Churchill's funeral took place here here
  • Charles and Lady Diana were married at the cathedral.
  • It has a gorgeous interior with a magnificent mosaic ceiling and ornately carved choir stalls.
  • Try climbing to the Church dome to experience the “Whispering Gallery” or attending a service.

  • Walk down the Mall (the wide street that runs from the Admiralty Arch to the Palace), around the fountain, and finally up to the tall gates that surround the Palace’s premises.
  • Enjoy an afternoon at St. James’ Park or walk through Green Park to get to Piccadilly Circus.
  • If you are trying to attend a Changing of the Guard ceremony, arrive early.

Museums


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.

  • Located right around the corner from the Academic Centre in Bloomsbury.
  • Over 13 million collections making it one of the largest in the world.
  • Has 9 departments with subjects including Greek and Roman Antiques to Ancient Egypt and the Sudan to the Middle East.

  • Located near South Kensington Station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.
  • Split into four zones with each having a particular focus, which includes Red (discovery of our planet), Green (environmental and life science), Blue (life on our planet) and Orange (wildlife).

  • International modern art with each level focusing on important moments in 20th c. modern art.
  • Has a Tate Boat that runs between Tate Modern, the London Eye and Tate Britain.
  • The Millennium Bridge connects the Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral- a tourist’s dream! Evening views are spectacular.

  • Houses permanent collection of important British art.
  • Late at Tate Britain, first Friday of every month – enjoy exhibitions, music, films etc after hours.
  • Tate Boat running between Tate Britain, the London Eye and Tate Modern.

  • Houses over 2300 paintings from the 1300s-1900s.
  • Located in the picturesque Trafalgar Square.
  • Has important works from the different art periods, from Early Renaissance to Post- Impressionism.

Parks

  • Visit Hampstead Hill, also known as Parliament Hill, to see London like you have never seen before.
  • Offers a wonderful view of London’s skyline.
  • Popular place to fly a kite.

  • Beautiful garden that was once a private garden to Kensington Palace.
  • Part of Finding Neverland filmed here and features a Peter Pan statue.
  • Has a memorial dedicated to Prince Albert, located in front of Royal Albert Hall.

  • Famous for its Speakers’ Corner where public speaking is allowed.
  • Serpentine River divides Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
  • Hyde Park Corner is located just south east of Hyde Park and features the famous Wellington Arch and World War I and II memorials.

  • Neatest and most regal park with great vistas of Westminster, Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Palace.


  • Houses over 2300 paintings from the 1300s-1900s.
  • Located in the picturesque Trafalgar Square.
  • Has important works from the different art periods, from Early Renaissance to Post- Impressionism.


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What would you do with 30 days in London?

"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


Sports

Football

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.

Staying Fit

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.

Theater

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.


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