London is the capital of England, set on the River Thames, London is a modern 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. Deciding to study in London means you will get to experience one of the most inspiring and diverse cities in the world. With the most yearly international visitors and over 300 languages spoken, it is a place where everyone can feel at home.
London is one of the most significant cities globally and is the ideal place to visit and study in because learning will not stop in the lecture room. Renowned arts and historical centres like Tate Modern and The British Museum allow you to explore the world through a unique perspective.
London connects you to other parts of the world geographically and technologically. With 4 major international airports, London has one of the best flight connections in the world meaning your family and tourist spots are never too far away. Also, because it is a city at the forefront of technology.
In London there are many attraction places which you can visit during your stay.
Following are the most popular tourist attractions sites.
- British Museum
- National Gallery
- Natural History Museum
- Tate Modern
- Coca-Cola London Eye
- Science Museum
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Tower of London
- Royal Museums Greenwich
- Madame Tussauds London
London is a city which never sleeps. For some tourists the best part of London is enjoying the nightlife. There are many nightclubs around London you can visit during your stay. Below is a list.
- Corsica Studios
- Egg London
- Electric Brixton
- Ministry of Sound
- Studio 338
Getting around London
When you first come to London, finding your way around can be a little overwhelming. The city has a wealth of transport links, making it incredibly easy to access any place you wish to get to – you just have to get used to it.
With 11 Underground lines serving 270 stations, as well as the DLR (Dockland’s Light Railway), London Overground and TfL Rail, train links around the city centre and beyond are incredibly efficient.
On top of this, there are more than 800 different bus routes to help you make your way around the capital. All services are operated by TfL (Transport for London – tfl.gov.uk).
Although it’s possible to buy paper tickets for each individual journey while using the Underground and other London rail networks, there are easier and less expensive ways to get around.
A paper Travelcard may be purchased from any Underground station: you can choose from an Anytime Day Travelcard, an Off Peak Day Travelcard (not to be used before 9:30am Monday-Friday), and a 7 Day Travelcard. These Travelcards give you an unlimited amount of journeys (rail and bus) for the dates, times and travel zones you have selected.
Alternatively, you can use the Londoner’s preferred way of paying for travel – the Oyster card. Oyster cards allow you to travel on bus, Underground, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services within the city. You can either top your Oyster up with ‘Pay As You Go’ credit or add a Travelcard for a week, a month, or even a whole year.
You may also choose to use your contactless payment card to pay for any journeys on bus, Tube, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail services within London. Simply swipe your contactless card on the yellow pads at the ticket barriers, instead of an Oyster card.
Please note that London buses do not accept cash fares – you must board using your Travelcard, Oyster card or contactless payment card. Remember it is a criminal offence to travel on public transport without having paid first.
There are two types of taxi in London: black cabs and minicabs. Black cabs are licensed to pick you up without having been booking in advance; minicabs can be hired at their offices or over the phone.
When looking to hail a black cab, the ones with the ‘taxi’ sign illuminated are available for use. The fares are metered, and many accept payment by credit or debit card, although you should check with the driver before your journey starts.
You may be approached by minicab drivers seeking passengers. Please remember that unbooked minicabs are illegal – they do not have licences and may not be safe.
Taxis are generally an expensive way to travel around London, and in many cases slower than public transport. We don’t recommend relying on taxis as your main mode of transport.
Underground maps can be picked up free of charge from any London Underground station. You can also download the Transport for London app to access interactive Underground and bus maps and to view live information about delays and planned maintenance work.