We all know that London is an incredibly busy place, so it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it all when you come to stay for a few weeks. Well, worry not, adventurous English students: here are ten brilliant things for you to do near Language in London!
1. The British Museum.
The British Museum is basically on Language in London’s doorstep, and is host to great exhibitions all year round. It’s a huge British tourist site, and there’s a lot to see and do there. Oh and the best thing about it? It’s free!
2. Trafalgar Square.
Whilst you’re in London, you absolutely have to visit Trafalgar Square. Just like The British Museum, Trafalgar Square is a renowned tourist spot, and the perfect place to: pop into a museum, get something to eat, admire Nelson’s Column, or just climb the famous lions of the square!
3. The half-price ticket booth in Leicester Square.
Feel like going to a West End show, but worried it might be too expensive? The half-price ticket booth in Leicester Square always has a few bargains, so you might still be able to soak up some culture in one of the West End’s renowned theatres at half the usual price.
4. Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross
Calling all Potterheads: If you’re into Harry Potter- and let’s face it, how could you NOT love the world’s most famous British wizard- you’ll probably want to check out Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station- it actually exists. Have the opportunity to take your photo at this brilliant tourist spot.
5. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is only one stop on the London Underground from Language in London, and is a really great, vibrant and busy place for shopping, seeing street performers and grabbing some lunch from a local restaurant.
6. Regent’s Park
And if your budget doesn’t quite extend to a fancy meal out, maybe you could try a picnic in one of London’s famous parks- like Regent’s Park, which is stunning, and a great place to sit and eat in the summer sunshine. It’s also right next to London Zoo, which means that you can get a sneak peak into the Giraffe enclosure if you’re lucky!
7. Relax and enjoy a cheap lunch in Oxford Circus
Finding a cheap place to have lunch isn’t always an easy task in London- which is why you should definitely take a look inside the Salvation Army’s ‘Café Renew’ on Oxford Street. It may just be a warm place to sit and have a baked potato, but sometimes that’s all you need when you’re on a student budget.
8. Try and make the Royal Guard laugh!
At St James’ Palace, near Charing Cross, the Royal Guard (you know the ones- red jackets, huge bear-fur hats) stands on duty. And they take their jobs very, very seriously. It is said that they never laugh on duty. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a Royal Guardsman smile!
9. The John Soane museum
And if you feel like going to a quiet museum, there’s a really great one in Holborn called The John Soane museum- all about the life of British architect John Soane. It’s very near to the Language in London building, and admission is free- so pop in one day after class for a quick cultural experience.
And lastly, I encourage you to go… well, anywhere really, as long as you go there by bike. During your stay in London, make sure you take advantage of the famous blue ‘Boris Bikes’- they’re free of charge for the first half hour, so take one for a ride in the park on a sunny day, or pay for more time and go a little further afield!
So there you have it- ten great ideas for budget-friendly days out and tourist trips near Language in London. Make sure you leave a comment if you have any other suggestions for cheap things to do in London!
Written by Yolanda Shamash.