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Discover London: Top 10 things to do in London

You might have chosen to study in London because your university and course are excellent, the work opportunities will aid your career development and you want to live in a multi-cultural city. But let’s not forget, London is an amazing city with many sights, attractions and events not to be missed. So, drop off your bags and get out there exploring the city.

To help you get started, here is a list of the 10 most popular London attractions.

  1. A Tour of Buckingham Palace

During the summer, you can book a tour of Buckingham Palace for a glimpse inside one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. The Palace’s magnificent rooms are decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. Outside of the summer opening, you can still see the iconic exterior of the palace and watch the famous Changing the Guard.

  1. Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

The Hop on Hop off Bus Tour is a fun and easy way to see many of London’s iconic landmarks. You can buy a 24-hour ticket and enjoy unlimited travel around London in that period, and tickets usually include a free walking tour and a free river tour. This is a great way to explore London when you first arrive.

  1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, then this tour is not to be missed! Sign up for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props.

  1. Kensington Palace

For fans of the royal family, this is one place not to miss! Kensington Palace is one of London’s most exquisite palaces and has been a home to the royal family since the 17th century. Now, it is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Palace’s latest exhibition – Diana: Her Fashion Story – traces the evolution of Princess Diana’s style; from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.

  1. Coca-Cola London Eye

One of London’s most recognisable attractions, the Coca-Cola London Eye provides breath-taking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks. The 30 minute rotation allows you to take in London’s spectacular skyline and you might even be able to spot your university.

  1. Tower of London

One of London’s most recognisable structures, the Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames. Discover the priceless Crown Jewels, join an iconic Beefeater on a tour and learn about the wild and wondrous animals that once inhabited the Tower, making it the first London Zoo.

  1. SEA LIFE London

SEA LIFE London is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. Located right in the centre of London, you can discover thousands of sea creatures, from rays to rare green sea turtles.

  1. ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo opened to the public in 1847. With over 750 incredible species, and exciting and innovative exhibits, it’s a great day out in London. During the summer, the Zoo offers after-hours events such as movie nights.

  1. Madame Tussauds London

A classic amongst the London attractions, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with more than 300 stunning wax figures. Get up close with royalty, film stars, sports personalities and even famous murderers.

  1. The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard is a viewing area at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, and London’s newest landmark, The Shard. At a height of 244m, you will get spectacular views over London.

If you are still looking for a place on a degree course at a university in London, use the course search to find the perfect course for you.

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