Things to do in the capital
The hustle and bustle of one of the world’s greatest cities is only a train or tube right away from all of our campuses. Based in west London or Buckinghamshire, you’ll experience all the best bits of city life and discover all that the capital has to offer.
With London on your doorstep, you’ll be spoilt with a jam-packed calendar. From theme parks and zoos to marathons and carnivals, there’s a whole host of days out and attractions to enjoy in your spare time.
You’ll find lots of things to do to fit a student budget. We recommend making the most of free attractions and your student discount.
A day out in London doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a whole host of things to see and do that are completely free, such as:
- Art galleries and museums – pick from the Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery and more. Unlike other cities around the world, you won’t need to pay anything for entry!
- Buckingham Palace – watch the changing of the guard (it happens daily at 11am – arrive early to bag a good spot!).
- Sight-seeing – explore by foot to snap instagrammable photos of the iconic landmarks.
Looking for something to do with friends at the weekend? Pick from a variety of major tourist attractions, including:
- London Eye – take in the city skyline and see up to 40km on a clear day.
- Thames River Cruise – sit back and relax as you see the sights.
- London Zoo – get up close to hippos, tigers, gorillas and more.
- West End shows – watch award-winning musicals including Wicked, The Lion King and Les Misérables (remember to get student discount on your tickets).
- Madame Tussauds– meet the wax versions of world leaders, celebrities, sporting heroes and more.
- Kew Gardens – admire the largest collection of plants in the world.
- Shopping – hit Oxford Street or Westfield London for some retail therapy.
Throughout the year, the city holds a whole range of celebrations, festivals and sports. Some events London hosts include:
- New Year’s Eve at South Bank – countdown to midnight, watch the fireworks and sing Auld Lang Syne with the crowd.
- London Marathon – support the runners on the streets for free or even take part to raise money for a charity.
- London Fashion Week – watch designers showcase their work and listen to talks from industry experts.
- Notting Hill Carnival - join the celebrations of London’s Caribbean communities for free at Notting Hill carnival.
- Wimbledon– watch the world’s best players battle it out while you sip on a refreshing Pimm’s. If you’re willing to queue on the day, you might even grab some cheap tickets!
- The Boat Race – cheer on the rowers from Oxford and Cambridge University as they speed down the Thames (it’s free to watch).