London’s popularity as a study destination continues to grow each year with thousands of students travelling here to take advantage of some of the finest language courses anywhere in the world. The UK’s notable reputation puts it at the forefront of all levels of education, and language schools in particular are thriving as a result. With UK qualifications valued and respected throughout the world studying English here is a great way to prepare for further education and a successful career path. London is a hive of activity with so many exciting things to see and do and by enrolling on an intensive English course in London you could be in for an unforgettable life experience.
Here are our top 7 tips to making the most of your time in London:
- Firstly, as a tourist, you must take in the most famous and traditional of London’s attractions; Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus etc etc. In my opinion the best way to view these sights is by foot, avoiding the often overcharged tours which target tourists. Alternatively the hop on/off bus services are also a great way to get around with the bonus of interesting information en route.
- If you are a keen shopper then you have came to the right place; with Oxford Street and Regents Street home to famous names such as Harrods, Selfridges and Hamleys which are all worth a visit as well as Europe’s largest shopping centre Westfield there is an abundance of choice.
- The Tube – Though at first it may seem complicated for the uninitiated the tube is by far the easiest and quickest way to get around the city, as well as this it is a great way to test your newly acquired English skills in navigating the busy city centre.
- Nightlife – London is famous for its bustling nightlife and whether you prefer traditional pubs, trendy bars, clubs or late night gigs you will have a plethora of options. Some of my own highlights are Camden where you will find a great mix of people as well as venues, Clapham which has a very young and lively scene and South Bank; there is nothing better than a summers evening stroll by the river Thames stopping for a refreshing drink in some of the most popular pubs and bars along the way.
- Transport Links – A great aspect of London is the comprehensive transport network and taking advantage of this to explore further afield in the UK is a great idea.
- Free Activities – For those of you on a budget there is great range of free activities and attractions within London; British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery & the Science Museum to name a few. And if you are lucky enough to be here when London experiences some nice weather then the most popular places are the city’s parks, particularly Hyde Park, Regents Park, St James’s and Hampstead Heath.
- Theatre – if you enjoy visiting the theatre then London is the place to be. There are hundreds of shows on across London with the West End being the particular highlight, here you will find the long running classics such as Les Miserables, Lion King, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot etc, but whatever your taste is you are sure to find a suitable show. They key here is to book early and when possible avoid weekend shows, students are often able to take advantage of discounted tickets so be sure to look into this.
London is a fascinating and entertaining city with such a wide mix of cultures, and contrary to rumours Londoners on the whole are a friendly sort and along with your fellow students you are certain to meet many new people. So whether here on a short term English course or one of the exceptional business English courses in London with a view to a permanent job, I am sure you will come to love this wonderful city as much as I do.
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