Top 10 Things to Do When Studying in London

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by Emily Gaines | Queen Mary University of London, Fall 2014

Originally written on February 11, 2016

  1. Grab a Bite at the Historic Borough Market 
    If you’re a foodie like me, Borough Market is a must! With over 100 food stands, you’ll be overwhelmed trying to decide what to eat!                                                                                                                  
  2. Visit the Many Museums in London
    You don’t have to be an admirer of art to appreciate the impressive collections in many of London’s most well-known museums. As a history buff, my favorites included the Imperial War Museum and The Churchill War Rooms. However, Tate Modern, the British Museum and the National Gallery were fantastic too!  Note: The majority of museums in London are free!
  3. Attend a Debate at Parliament 
    Queue up to watch parliament while it’s in session. While it might be difficult to follow the debate, the theatrics make it all worth it.  In addition to getting to see the parliamentary procedure, I met some really interesting lobbyists. 
    *For more information and visiting hours: Visit their website.

  4. Stroll Through London’s Picturesque Parks 
    London has no shortage of green space. Not only do these parks provide an escape from the city, but there are also many special events to attend throughout the year. If you’re in London during the winter, make sure to stop by Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland! For other events, check out the parks’ websites and TimeOut magazine.

  5. Roam around Brick Lane and Shoreditch 
    This area has so much personality and endless things to do. Enjoy the street art, eat some Indian food on Brick Lane, and shop in the many quirky boutique shops. Plus, this area is home to two personal favorites, the Cereal Killer Café and Beigel Bake!

  6. Root on Your Favorite Football Team 
    This is an experience! Get tickets to watch some of the best football (soccer) in Europe surrounded by some of the most enthusiastic fans in the world.

  7. Catch a Show in the West End 
    The London theatre has every show you could want to see… and more! Be sure to take advantage of student discounts!

  8. Markets Galore 
    Camden Lock Market, Covent Garden, Greenwich Market, Old Spitalfields Market, Portobello Road Market, Southbank Centre Market, Brick Lane Market…. Scattered throughout London, each of these markets has it’s own unique feel. 

  9. Be a Tourist 
    Embrace your inner-tourist! There are several incredible and historic attractions/monuments to see.  In addition to the “major” tourist sites, I’d suggest climbing The Monument (commemorating the Great Fire of London) and visiting St. Dunstan in the East. Unknown to many, this bombed-out church has been converted into a beautiful garden. 

  10. Harrods 
    Even if you’re just window-shopping, spend some time walking around this famous shopping establishment.