Places to Go

London is a patchwork of vibrant areas and different styles, meaning there are lots to choose from and something to suit everyone.

South Bank

South Bank is the area of London on the south side of the River Thames, stretching roughly from Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge. There's much on offer all along the river, starting from the London Eye.

The South Bank has a concentration of film and arts centres, including ITV's HQ. There is also the British Film Institute, the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, and the Soutbank Centre. All celebrate various styles of arts and helping to promote this as a rich cultural centre.

Further along the bank, you'll find the Tate Modern, a huge art gallery focussing on contemporary art with regular exhibitions from famous artists such as Damien Hirst. Next to the Tate Modern is the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the world famous Globe Theatre, looking the same as it did 400 years ago, and still performing original Shakespeare plays in its outdoor arena from April to September.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a must-see location for all visitors to London. Right in the heart of London's West End, Covent Garden is a hive of great pubs, bars and restaurants. TimeOut has a great guide on the places to look for, including the famous Irish brewery The Porterhouse

Covent Garden is also where a lot of London's theatres call home in the well-named Theatreland with big names such as like the Adelphi, the Lyceum and the Fortune theatres.

Close by is Somerset House. Originally a palace built for the Duke of Somerset, it later became the home of the Navy Board and other public offices. Today it is a centre for culture and arts, hosting open-air concerts and films in summer, and ice rinks for skating in winter.

Equally prominent, and home of the Royal Ballet, is the Royal Opera House. Sponsored by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Royal Opera House delivers a wide range of modern and contemporary opera and dance.


Shoreditch is five minutes from campus and the centre of London's trendy East End. The heart of Shoreditch is formed in a rough triangle between Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street, which you will find packed full of bars and independent shops.

Shoreditch is also famed for its urban edge, inspired by the graffiti, which is prominent in the area and where many budding artists have made their name. The area features some of Banksy's work and there are even dedicated tours, which will take you past the most famous pieces.