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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. 

Performing arts

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.

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 centres.

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.


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