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London for culture, entertainment and events

London Eye along the ThamessideLike Kingston, London is truly for everyone. You can be a loud and proud tourist visiting the big landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace.

You can also get into the contemporary scene with terrific cafes, bars and restaurants, gigs, film screenings, theatre productions, exhibitions and markets and just so many completely unique experiences. It's all just 30 minutes away by train from Kingston stations.

London's historic sites and culture

There's something for everyone in London. The first thing people usually do is visit the famous London historical sites and main attractions up close including:

    Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London and Tower Bridge (often mistaken for 'London Bridge')
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Covent Garden
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The Shard
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace

Then discover some of the world's historical and artistic wonders at the many museums and galleries including:

    National Gallery and Trafalgar Square
  • British Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Modern
  • Somerset House

There are always fascinating exhibitions going on in London's museums and galleries, big and small.

London's shops and markets

Carnaby StreetYou can explore London's big retail areas and popular markets from: the high street's finest on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Westfield shopping centres, to the great little finds in Camden Market, Portobello Road or Spitalfields.

Soak up the atmosphere in Soho's Carnaby Street or Covent Garden while you browse their vintage gear or latest fashions.

Eating out in London

When it's time to have a drink or go out for a meal, you'll be spoilt for choice. Whatever vibe, cuisine or price you're looking for, you'll find it in London from Michelin starred restaurants, trendy new bars and fusion fare to local pubs, hidden foodie gems and authentic international dishes.

Theatre, film and music in London

West End is \ You'll love all that London has to offer in theatre, film and music. This is where you'll see spectacular West End theatre productions as well as fresh, ground-breaking musicals and plays; from the biggest blockbusters to small independent films. You can go see stadium-filling bands and artists at the O2, Wembley Arena or out in Hyde Park and check out under the radar artists in intimate, local venues.

London's events and festivals

Come to London for all the big events and festivals. The London events calendar is packed with world-famous sports, music, culture and heritage – just take your pick!

Festivals, parades and carnivals include:

    Students celebrating at the Holi festival
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • Chinese New Year
  • Lovebox Festival
  • Wireless Festival
  • The Lord Mayor's Show
  • Pride
  • St Patrick's Day
  • London Fashion Week
  • Holi Colour Festival

Wimbledon Centre CourtSports events include:

  • Wimbledon
  • FA Cup Final
  • Oxford v Cambridge boat race
  • London Marathon and Triathalon
  • Prudential RideLondon
  • Cricket at Lord's or The Oval

London for students and graduates

London was placed in the top three student cities in the world by higher education data experts QS for those key areas such as: affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects.

Walking into work in LondonLondon doesn't have to be expensive, with so many free parks, museums, markets and historical sites. As a student you can access special discounts available for attractions, entertainment, food and shopping.

You can also learn from London with a wealth of museums, historical sites and galleries as well as specialist libraries and archives (such as the British Library and British Film Institute).

London is where some of the world's top brands and institutions also call home; it's the hub of business, science and creative industries. As such, it's an unrivalled opportunity for gaining work experience and getting a good graduate role.

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