So you’re thinking of learning English in London. First of all congratulations on this life changing decision. London is one of the most, if not THE most cosmopolitan and diverse city in the world. Nowadays having fluent English is an essential skill to have whether you need it for work or studying; if you want to travel or communicate with people from around the world. Of course you can choose to learn English where you are now or in other English speaking countries but I have to tell you that learning English in London can be magical. London is full of history, life, and opportunities. From the small things, to the big; from your local park to Hyde Park, for the cheap eats or the big feasts!
Decision made. You are learning English in London but outside the school where to go or what to do? Fear not, intrepid student, this handy little blog will help you with some great places to go and explore. We’ll start with a must-see, classic list of top 5 London places, followed by our 5 favourite activities.
Top 5 places
One of the things you have to see if you are in London is Camden Market, which is in the north part of London. There, you will see typical shops and a huge diversity of people. Camden has an alternative atmosphere. The experience of learning English in London will never be complete without fully exploring amazing Camden.
2. British Museum
On a sunny or rainy day, if you are looking for a cultural activity, then the British Museum deserves a stop. Easily accessible, it is known for one of the largest ethnographic collections in the world, it has an amazing architecture with a surprising roof design. It is truly awe-inspiring.
3. Sky Garden
If you want to have an unforgettable view of London and be captivated by the London skyline, then don’t miss the Sky garden. It is in the middle of the business district, where old and modern buildings stand together, The view is spectacular and free! But if you are interested in living this experience, do not forget to book the ticket in advance!
4. King’s Cross, St-Pancras
In the heart of the sophisticated London underground and train network, King’s Cross is famous for the Platform 9 ¾ from the magical World created by J.K Rowling. So come and don’t miss your journey to Hogwarts.
5. Covent Garden
Just imagine, on Sunday traipsing around the center of London, being hungry and looking for a typical dining place. Now how would you feel if I tell you that there is a perfect place with a lot of restaurants and shops under the same roof? I am of course talking about the Covent Garden, which is also busker heaven. It is near Piccadilly circus, which is also surrounded by theatres, pubs and bars.
Top 5 Activities
1. Thames Cruise
Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower Bridge… London has plenty of beautiful monuments. The only problem is they are spread all around the city. So, to make sure you don’t miss any of them, book your ticket for the Thames Cruise. You could see each one of them in around an hour and spend time exploring the rest of the city.
2. Camden Lock
Probably the most alternative place that you can find in London, this area is definitely a must-do ! Stroll around Camden Market and the Stables to see the shop fronts of the late horseboxes, the Cyberdog store and grab some variety food which comes from different countries all over the word.
Even if you’re not a big fan of them, seeing a musical in London deserves a spot on your bucket list. Some of the most famous musicals were created in London. Don’t panic, you’ll find a musical to suit your taste ! If you love animals, you can see the Felines singing in Cats or The Lion King. But if you prefer classic literature, you will also find remakes of Les Misérables or The Phantom of the Opera.
4. Eating Indian food in Brick Lane
Any excuse to eat indian food in Brick Lane is a good one. If you are a food lover or just if you are broke, Brick Lane is the place to be. Best of all, everything you need is a stone’s throw away.
5. Ten Bells Pub
Who told you that learning English in London can’t be scary as well? How would you feel if you were on the same track as Jack the Ripper ? If you want to know, come to this very old pub, order whatever you want and then you will see…
So have no doubts, it’s high time you booked your flight to this amazing city and start your journey learning English in London.