London is one of the most fascinating places in the world. It has so much to offer and can keep you very busy after school or on your free weekends. As well as world class museums, galleries, monuments, churches, famous buildings, there are clubs, concert venues, musicals, theatres and of course shops. There is 2000 years of history here, homes of famous writers and musicians and anything else you could possibly want
You don’t have to go exploring on your own – Join our Social Programme at UIC!
At UIC we have a dedicated Social Programme Organiser who plans lots of social activities throughout every month. Explore popular London areas and go out with other UIC students - make the most of your time while studying here in London!
Social events at UIC include visits to London’s popular attractions, walking tours, pubs, bowling, musicals, restaurants, clubs and don't forget our famous student parties that are held in a different location each week.
Did you know that many of the things you can do in London are completely free?
Just to give you a taste of activities in London that you can do for free:
Museums: British Museum, Science Museum, National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London are ALL FREE !
Galleries: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Wallace Collection are ALL FREE! Only for particular exhibitions you might have to pay.
Parks: Hyde Park, Regents Park, St James Park, Green Park, Holland Park, Greenwich Park are ALL FREE!
Alternative Street Markets: Portobello Road, Camden Market, Greenwich Market, Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market, Borough Market (for food), Petticoat Lane, Colombia Road market (on Sundays for flowers and plants) are ALL FREE.
Combine visiting London’s main attractions in a walking tour along South Bank. You can walk along the river Thames from Westminster Bridge (opposite the houses of Parliament), past the London Eye, the Festival Hall (listen to FREE music), past the National Theatre, the Tate Modern (FREE entrance), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, City Hall (home of the Mayor) and up to Tower Bridge (FREE to walk across). You will get fantastic views of the city and St Paul’s Cathedral and the opportunity to sit outside one of the pubs or cafes along this part of the river.
Free music: The Festival Hall on Friday evening and often Sunday lunchtime, Monday lunchtime recitals at the Royal Opera House, FREE lunchtime concerts at St Martins-in-the-fields near Trafalgar Square and at St James’ in Piccadilly. Notting Hill Arts Club often has FREE evening and Saturday afternoon concerts with new bands.
Sightseeing in London – Find enough time to do everything!
Don’t waste your time waiting in long queues at your favourite attraction! UIC sells a wide range of tickets, so you can buy them in advance before you go. Visit Madame Tussauds, London Eye, London Eye River Cruise, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, London Zoo, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Thorpe Attraction Park, Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House and many more…
Weekend Trips out of Town
Spending a weekend away from London can be just as adventurous. England has many other beautiful places that you can visit and most of them can be easily reached by coach or train. Visit Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Stonehenge & Bath, Windsor Castle and many more destinations…
Last but not least…
- London is home to 6 Premiership teams (Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, West Ham United FC, Queens Park Rangers FC)
- London was the host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and a huge stadium was built in Stratford, East London
- In summer you can take various river cruise trips on the Thames and in winter London has many ice rinks throughout the city
- The choice of musicals, concerts and exhibitions in London is exceptional and guarantees great entertainment
- Many famous bands and singers have written songs about this amazing place on earth (Have a look at the 10 best songs about London!)