With the diversity of New York, the history of Rome and the buzz of Tokyo all rolled into one, London is truly one of the world’s super cities.
London is sometimes called New York’s elder sister and much like New York City, London is divided up into different neighborhoods or villages, each with their own unique assets that add the overall experience of London. These villages essentially represent the eclectic population that is brought together to make such a great city. They range from the classy, exclusive areas to the overpopulated tourist attractions, or the quaint little neighborhoods to the new 'up and coming' locations.
As a student at NYU London, you will reside in the Bloomsbury area. Bloomsbury is primarily known as the literary capital and walking around you will be overwhelmed by the number of book shops. Blocks away from the Academic Center are the British Museum, as well as Oxford Street, clad with innumerous shops and even more tourists!
With 8.5 million inhabitants, London’s size compares to that of New York and with over 300 spoken languages, more than any other city in the world, it matches New York’s cosmopolitan character. A recent survey discovered that at least 10,000 nationals from 62 different countries live within London’s boundaries; for example, 66,000 French people call London home!
A centre for international trade, London has the fifth largest urban economy in the world with an annual GDP bigger than Belgium’s. London was the world’s most visited city in 2015, with 18.8 million visitors, and is home to more billionaires than any other world city.
London remains a hotbed of youth culture and a nodal point for the world’s creative industries. London hosts 32,000 concerts a year (i.e. 87 shows a day!); it is home to world-class theatres (159 of them), museums and art galleries. London is the third most filmed city in the world, with 14,350 film “shooting days” in 2015 and the place where many a Hollywood blockbuster goes through post-production. London is home to the BBC, a global broadcaster whose output is regularly used by 1 in every 16 people on the planet, which helps to make London a world hub for the media, notably the advertising industry.
One of the world’s five fashion capitals; graduates from the city’s art and fashion colleges feature prominently on the current global fashion circuit. London has recently been crowned as the world’s top shopping city with over 29,000 shops including more top-brand retailers than any other place on earth.
London is home to many of the world’s most famous sports stadia; including Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon Tennis, the Olympic Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Twickenham Rugby Stadium, five Premier League football teams, four of Europe’s top rugby clubs and two leading cricket clubs call London home.
"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 latest art installation in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall; see some street art around Brick Lane; go on day trips outside of Central London to Greenwich, Richmond, Brixton; head to the South Bank cultural centre, or just walk along the River Thames".
-Nigel Freeman, Assistant Director Student Life
The weather in London is very unpredictable, so be prepared for all kinds of weather. The two main recommendations Londoners will offer are: (1) always carry a waterproof jacket or an umbrella (or "brolly," as the English call it) and, (2) dress in layers so you can be comfortable if the weather changes.
London experiences a relatively moderate change in temperature throughout the seasons. Winter lows rarely drop below freezing and tend to hover around the mid to low 40s. The warmer months, are not particularly warm either, with the average summer temperature being around 70, though temperatures do rise into the 90s on occasion.
London has an extensive public transportation system with the Tube and the bus. When you arrive in London you will receive an Oyster Card, the use of which makes fares cheaper and journeys easier. Tube ride fares vary depending on which “zone” you travel to and when you travel; however, most journeys will be within Central London, or “Zone 1,” and (in 2016) that costs £2.40 with an Oyster Card (as opposed to £4.90 without one). Bus rides will cost you £1.50 with any Oyster Card.