University College London (UCL)
Known as London’s Global University, University College London (UCL) is the oldest and largest university in London. Founded in 1826, UCL has produced 33 Nobel prize winners as well as many other personalities that have gone on to become visionaries of their era’s
In 1907, the Royal College of Science, The Royal School of Mines and the City & Guilds college were combined to form Imperial college. Imperial is home to 17,000 students and attracts undergraduates from 125 countries. The college focuses on the four main disciplines of science, engineering, medicine and business and is home to the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK University.
Kings College London
Kings College London was founded in 1829 and became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836. King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.
London School of Economics and Political Sciences
London School of Economics is one of the most reputed and well know educational institution in the world. Despite its name, the LSE has many courses outside of economics, such as media, statistics, philosophy and history. It’s also home to a library that has more than 4 million print volumes, more than 60,000 online journals, 29,000 electronic books and is visited by 7,500 people daily.
London is unmatched in terms of culture. There are over 250 art institutions spanning from classic to contemporary and most are completely free of charge! Here are just a few of our favourites:
Head to the National Gallery and explore the story of European art masterpiece by masterpiece. With over 2,300 works dating from the mid -13th century to 1900 see some of the most iconic paintings such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ up close and personal.
Natural History Museum
A visit to the National History Museum wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Dinosaur Gallery. Meet the roaring T Rex, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among the fossils, exploring the different time periods dinosaurs lived.
Explore modern and contemporary art from around the world at the Tate Modern. See work by Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse for free and check out the latest installation in the Turbine Hall.
Discover two million years of human history and culture under one roof. The British Museum is home to one of the largest collections in existence, with over 8,000 works, and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
London’s food scene will never fail to disappoint – so whether you’re looking to explore new cuisines or seeking food that reminds you of home, we’ve got you covered:
Italian inspired restaurants can be found all over London and Franco Manca uses some of the finest freshest ingredients and their sourdough Pizza is the talk of the town.
Located in the heart of London, Borough Market is one of the best-known street markets around. With over 1000 years of history, there’s something for everyone and for the film buffs amongst you, you’ll recognise the market as being the backdrop to ‘Bridget Jones Diary ‘and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Until recently Brick Lane was known for one thing: Curry. If you’re looking for something truly authentic and traditional try Aladin a traditional BYOB Balti and grill restaurant and if you’re not in the mood for spice then there are plenty of Jewish Bagel shops including the popular Brick Lane Beigel Bake, which is open 24/7.
Sick of seminars and done with lectures? There’s only one way to reward yourself and that’s with a night out. Here’s our pick of the best student nights out:
Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch
A cocktail bar with one million balls…what more could you need. Roll around in the two giant ball pits and take yourself back to the carefree days of childhood with a visit to Ballie Ballerson!
It’s all about affordable cocktails, live music and tonnes of neon as Junction East invites you to party the Shoreditch way. Head to Kingsland Road, where you’ll find instagrammable interiors and live music alongside happy hour deals.
If you’re looking for a night out that’s packed with cheese – then Popworld Watling Street is the spot for you. This central London club is a haven for retro disco hits, fuelled by signature cocktails, classic shots and party booths!
Step through the cigar shop and into a playground of exposed brickwork and timber finishes; you've arrived at Chelsea's home of contemporary Cuban Partying. Known for their rum cocktails and the largest open air terrace in SW10, Embargo Republica flows with latin rhythm thanks to its eclectic mix of live acts and DJ sets.
This authentic Latin nightclub brings the culture of South America to Central London. With cheap drinks, good food and dance lessons, there are so many things to try at Salsa! Soho.
Colombia Road Flower Market
One of London’s most well-known and nicest looking flower markets, Colombia Road overflows with buckets of beautiful flowers every Sunday from 8am – 3pm. If you head there later in the day - you might even pick up a bargain!
Victoria and Albert Museum
Don’t miss out on one of the world’s leading museums of art, design and performance with a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. You could easily spend a whole day exploring the V&A’s vast collection of galleries – it’s permanent collection alone contains 2.3 million individual objects!
There's no doubt that London has some of the best views to offer. From its towering structures to ancient castles and bridges, there's always something to see and you'd be hard pressed to find a better view than at the Sky Garden. It's located in Fenchurch Building, just a stone's throw away from Monument Station.
Swimming at Hampstead Heath
Just a stone's throw away, you'll find Hampstead Heath and its infamous ponds. Yes you can can swim on Hampstead Heath. Yes it's chilly. Yes it's muddy and yes there are ducks! Open all year round, you'll only spot a few brave and dedicated swimmers in the winter but come the spring& summer all three ponds are full of swimmers and who can blame them!
London is home to more professional football teams than any other city in the world. Why not take a behind the scenes tour of Wembley Stadium, home to England’s national team, or spend an afternoon or evening watching Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs or West Ham.