Great Experiences International Students Must Try When Studying In London
Are considering studying in London? Aside from being one of the best places to study at university, there’s an abundance of great experiences to take in and enjoy if you’re an international student living in the city.
We’ve put together a quick list of some of the experiences you must try during your stay in London…
The tallest building in western Europe, is a true monument to the ambition of London’s financial district, and the Shard has become one of the most popular attractions in the city. It stands an impressive 309.6 metres tall, and is the home to the city’s very first Shangri-la hotel, along with other high end restaurants, apartments, and offices.
Of course the main reason to visit the iconic structure, is to take in the sights of the city from the highest viewing platform in London. The viewing gallery takes up a number of floors and offers a full 360-degree, 40-mile view across England’s capital. Also, during the summer months the skydeck transforms into a garden and plays host to silent discos, yoga classes and museum collaboration events.
Walking over the iconic Tower Bridge is admittedly an experience that’s hard to miss while you’re exploring London, but it’s still a fun part of any day out in the city. Originally opened in June 1894, the bridge is often confused with London Bridge, which is situated about half a mile upstream of the Thames.
It’s a hugely popular tourist attraction and landmark of the city, with its recognisable Victorian Gothic edifice raised from steel, along with its Cornish granite and Devonshire stone. If you decide to take a trip over the bridge, you’ll get to experience the glass-floored high-level walkway, which sits 140 feet above the Thames, there are sometimes yoga classes on this walkway during the week. Plus there’s even some Victorian engine rooms to explore, with steam engines and furnaces.
Natural History Museum
The magnificent building infused with beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture is truly a sight to behold and that’s before you even enter the Natural History Museum. First opened in April 1881, the museum is now considered a work of art and has developed into one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city.
Students can experience the immense collection of 80 million specimens from across the natural world, from the first T-rex fossil ever found, to the Mammals Hall, which featured the species that inspired the mermaid legends. There’s an animatronic T-Rex, a dodo skeleton, a chunk of moon rock in the Treasures exhibition in the Cadogan Gallery, and much more.
Even a giant Blue Whale skeleton fixed in a dramatic diving posture greets guests in Hintze Hall, at the centre of the museum. There’s so much to see that it will probably take multiple trips to truly take in everything. The museum hosts regular exhibitions, along with special Dino Snores overnight stays, with children and adult’s nights available.
It’s not easy to overlook the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, which stands 443 ft high on the South Bank of the River Thames. The famous London landmark, the London Eye, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
If you decide to take a trip to the wheel, it’s best to do it on a weekday instead of a weekend or bank holiday, as the queues will likely be smaller. Once on the attraction visitors will enjoy the magnificent views and there’s even an option to sip some champagne in the air-conditioned passenger capsules.
The Grade I-listed park is the largest of the four Royal Parks at one and a half miles long, and a mile or so wide. It was originally appropriated from Westminster Abbey by Henry VIII to serve as a hunting ground, and is now a wonderful excuse for an afternoon’s excursion.
The park is full of many fascinating historical features and popular areas, including Speakers’ Corner, a site of many demonstrations and other protests over the decades, and the Italian Water Garden, which includes fountains and a summer house. It has hosted many music concerts and even some sporting events. In summer or winter months the park is a perfect place for some great outdoor experiences.
If you decide to study in London, then you’ll get the chance to try each and every one of these amazing experiences, and these are just a few examples, there’s so much more to see and do. Contact us at IEC Abroad today, and our specialists can help you find the right university for you.