The city speaks for itself. It’s a capital that doesn’t sleep, even if you find the time to. In 2017 it has been voted 3rd best student city WORLDWIDE, and there are 400,000 of you who were able to make that call. Let’s not go into the touristy things, you’ll know Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London eye. Once that’s all done, what next? Here are a few ideas:
Of course London brims with culture on every corner, in every street and square and circus, and you’ll be bombarded with opportunities whilst you make this place home, so we’ve set aside a few things to get you started.
Prince Charles Cinema is one of the most fun going. It shows independent, foreign and ‘classic’ films that we all have or should have seen. They also do sing-alongs so why wouldn’t you want to go? There are fantastic deals for members (£7.50 PER YEAR for students) including a £1 showing every week.
London’s Tate Modern houses outstanding collections and exhibitions from international modern and contemporary artists. Whether you’re an art veteran or total fresher, expect to be amazed - don’t feel you need to do it all in one go, admission is free so you can go back again and again.
The London Theatre Scene is enormous and thriving and there is a current movement to make theatre accessible for everyone, which means seeing brilliant productions without breaking the bank. There are lots of theatres involved, often offering FREE tickets or from as little as £5-£10. Take a look here for participating theatres.
Natural History Museum - lets us unleash our inner child roaming about dinosaurs, volcanoes, and allow ourselves to be awe-inspired standing beneath the skeleton of a blue whale. Oh, and it’s all free, including special late openings on the last Friday of every month which feature exhibitions, talks, and science demos.
Meet and Eat
Said - The have the oldest chocolate factory in Rome (1923) and a cafe by Canarby Street where all of their handmade delicacies are on sale. Rumour has it that they’ve the best hot chocolate, ever.
Borough Market - Just outside of London Bridge tube station, this 1000 year old food market is full of vibrant colour and fresh flavour, you’ll be salivating as soon as you arrive.
Milk - In Balham, is one of many delicious brunch spots, the price is pretty tasty too.
Bukowski - Take a look at the menu, and then go.
Caravan - They have four sites over the city; each is cool, quirky, and condensed with great flavour.
The Breakfast Club - because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, all day.
Dishoom - ‘From Bombay with love’ and it is exactly that. Their spice combinations will have you inspired in your own kitchen.Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they cater their truly delectable menu for all dietary needs. At their Kensington site, they have also introduced and immersive theatre dining experience to have all the senses stimulated. Find further details on their website.
HiddenCity is the alternative mystery tour where you must solve texted clues to take you to the next site. Guaranteed fun for a few hours and a great way to explore parts of the city that may otherwise be missed.
Open and free to the public since 1936, Alexandra Palace, or Ally Pally, it’s the place to be rain and shine for festivals, ice-skating, sports championships, theatre, and world class music gigs (this year they’re welcoming acts from Liam Gallagher to Snow White on ice). They have Go Ape - a tree top adventure course - pitch and putt, a boating lake, skate park, and more.
For loads more budget happy food stuff and activities, be sure to check into https://brokeinlondon.com.
Transport systems are, of course, abundant, and for the most part, punctual. Avoid rush hour.