London - social and leisure
The diversity of London is one of its major strengths and attractions. Whatever your interests, you will find resources, activities and facilities available, together with many opportunities to extend your experiences by trying something new.
London is well known for its many theatres, cinemas and
music venues. Students of literature, both in English and other
languages, will find the dramatic works of their studies brought to life
at theatres such as the National Theatre and the Barbican, together
with authentic recreations of Shakespearean performances at the Globe.
The British Film Institute screens films at both the South Bank and
IMAX, and holds the National Archive of moving image material, as well
as a specialist library, providing particular benefit to students of
film and cultural studies.
In addition to the scholarly aspects of
performing arts in London, the theatres, cinemas, concert halls and gig
venues provide a wonderful source of entertainment and enjoyment. From
acclaimed drama, ballet and opera to lively musicals, from art-house
cinema to blockbuster movies, from classical orchestras to jazz and rock
artists, from local pub gigs to stadium tours, you will be able to
sample them all. For some performances you may be able to obtain student
discounts or last-minute cut-price tickets. The diversity of London is
one of its major strengths and attractions. Whatever your interests, you
will find resources, activities and facilities available, together with
many opportunities to extend your experiences by trying something new.
Sports, parks and outdoor activities
London has facilities for an enormous range of sporting
activities, whether you wish to participate or be a spectator. Internationally famous
venues, such as Wimbledon for tennis, Twickenham for rugby, Lord’s and
the Oval for cricket and Wembley for football, are located in the
capital, as well as countless other sports arenas, pitches, clubs and
Central London boasts some of the finest parks and green spaces
available in any city worldwide. Some are equipped with courts and
pitches for sports, many are used as venues for musical and community
events, and all provide the opportunity to enjoy peace and tranquillity
as a break from the bustle of the capital’s streets.
Events, socialising, leisure and shopping
London, by day or night, is animated and energetic. With a
population embracing so many cultures and interests, London hosts a huge
number of specialist events and celebrations. On such occasions parks,
shopping streets and squares are given over to processions, performances
and stalls. The many and varied cultures of the London population also
provide you with a choice of interesting and diverse cuisines, at a
range of prices, when dining out.
If you are planning a night out with
friends, restaurants, cafés and bars are plentiful, and you have a huge
choice of clubs for music, dancing and comedy. Shopping in London can
range from large department stores to local farmers’ markets, and
whether you simply require basics such as food, or wish to find
boutiques or supplies for a hobby, your needs will be met.