Have you thought of studying in London as a way of improving your English language skills. I say, “Go for it!” Here are 11 excellent reasons why you should study in London, capital city of Great Britain, the United Kingdom and England.
London is famous throughout the world for its wide variety and choice of theatre, film, opera, dance and music for every taste. The range of museums is enormous, from the ancient history of the British Museum to the modern art in the fabulous Tate modern. Most of the city’s museums and galleries are also free of charge.
Stunning buildings are everywhere! Both old and new is in abundance from the historic Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and St Paul’s cathedral to the modern Millennium bridge, London Eye and Lloyds building. Just wandering the streets of London is an amazing experience.
A traditional British institution, you’ll find a wide variety of pubs and bars and clubs in London. Finding something to do at night is never a problem.
Impressive Parks and Gardens
The amount of green space is quite amazing, with 1,800 gardens and open spaces in London — making up 30% of the city. To name but a few, Regent’s Park, Hyde Park and St James’s are in the centre. Hampstead, Wimbledon and Richmond are slightly further out.
Contrary to popular belief the weather here is not bad! Gone are the days of the Sherlock Holmes “pea soup” fogs. With winters where it rarely falls below 0 and with summer temperatures often in the 30’s, the climate is pleasant all year. In fact, London’s average rainfall (611mm) is lower than Tokyo, Rome and New York.
The list of places to “shop ’til you drop” is endless. Harrods, Libertys, Kings Road, Carnaby St, Oxford St to name a few. Also the markets at Camden, Portobello Rd and Petticoat lane are well worth visiting for a unique shopping experience.
Many people are surprised at how friendly and helpful the people in London are. They very often return home having made life-long friends.
London is a great place to study because of the huge number of different nationalities here. Since English is the common language, you will get plenty of practice speaking. It’s also a great way to find out about different countries and make friends with people from all over the world.
More than just fish and chips, sausage and mash and roast beef, British cuisine is now renowned for being truly international. The diversity is outstanding, with food from over 70 countries and regions.
Brick Lane in East London is famous for its curries; Chinatown for it’s Chinese restaurants; and Edgware Rd for Middle Eastern restaurants. With over 6,000 restaurants to chose, from you’re sure to find something to your taste.
London’s underground system (the tube) is the oldest and biggest in the world. It can transport you from one end of the city to the other with great ease.
Many more new buses and the congestion charge for cars means that traveling by bus is quick, cheap and fun!
Within about 50 minutes travel of 5 major international airports, many home to cheap airlines, you will be amazed at how convenient London is.
Something is always happening in this vibrant, fun-loving city. Wimbledon tennis tournament, Notting Hill Carnival, the summer proms, Chelsea flower show, Bonfire night and the Christmas lights to name just a few of the annual events.