London is one of the world’s most exciting cities to visit and if you’ve chosen to study there you can look forward to years of exploration and discovery as part of your student lifestyle. Pick a homely place to live like Halsmere Studios, with its en-suite rooms, bright, airy common room and friendly on-site management team and you have the perfect base from which to enjoy the best that London has to offer.
While city life can be expensive, it certainly doesn’t have to be. London offers a wealth of leading museums and galleries that you can explore for free, including the National Gallery, Tate Modern, V&A, British Museum, Museum of London, Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
One of the joys of living in London is that there’s always something exciting to do and it’s often available free of charge. Check Timeout regularly for details of must-attend activities across the city, from Oktoberfest celebrations to the Southbank Winter Festival.
London is also one of the world’s most impressive cities when it comes to enjoying the best that modern theatre has to offer, from sell-out musicals to short runs of obscure, artsy performances and cutting edge comedy.
Then there’s the music scene – Londoners could not ask for a greater variety of live music, visiting DJs and orchestral performances. Be sure to see a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in order to enjoy the grandeur and atmosphere of the city centre’s most famous music venue.
When you’ve had your fill of culture, it’s time to hit the shops. Head to Westfield London for anything and everything that you could possibly need, London Designer Outlet for designer brands at cut rate prices and Oxford Street at dusk once the Christmas lights are on for the ultimate London shopping experience.
Londoners have a huge range of world-class eating and drinking experiences at their fingertips, from fine dining at The Five Fields to outstanding Italian food at Mr Piadina. You could eat at a different restaurant every night for a year and still not have exhausted all of the excellent options available.
The same goes for nightlife venues. Whether you want to sample superb gin cocktails at The Ginstitute, enjoy jazz at Ronnie Scott’s or laugh until your sides ache at Comedy Store London Piccadilly Circus, London will never fail to offer you a unique night out.
And when you need some respite from the whirlwind of city life, London offers some of the most beautiful city parks in the world. You can go boating in Hyde Park, enjoy lunch al fresco in Green Park and enjoy watching pelicans feeding in St James’s Park, all for little or no money at all. The only question that remains is, how will you find time to fit in your studies with such an array of activities on offer?!
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