Language course in London: Attractions

There is so much to see and do in London; a city where fashions start, where history is made and where you have absolutely no excuse not to try something new every day of the week!
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The South Bank & London Eye

Take a stroll along the South Bank of the Thames across from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and enjoy one of the most pleasant and peaceful parts of Central London. The London Eye – a giant wheel with 32 pods for visitors to ride in – is superb on a clear day and particularly spectacular at sunset.

The Parks

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London’s parks are a key part of the city’s identity and they’re free. Among other things, you can listen to the speakers at Speakers’ Corner (more than one claims to be Jesus, they can’t all be right!), hire deckchairs in Hyde Park, go swimming in the ponds on Hampstead Heath, join in a game of football at Greenwich Park or meet the pelicans at St James Park. If you learn English in London during the summer, a game of cricket is never far away. For a full day of cricket, you can get tickets for a match at Lords or The Oval and enjoy the spectacle of the world’s second most-popular sport.

The Tower of London

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One of the genuinely unmissable tourist sites in London, the Tower has a long and gruesome history dating back to the arrival of William the Conqueror from Normandy in 1066. Nowadays, although it isn’t the cheapest of London’s major attractions, it is a great place to learn about the British Royal Family and the history of London.

Football

If you can get hold of tickets for a Premier League match, you will not be disappointed. Major London clubs include Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Some clubs, including Arsenal, run a ticket exchange system on their website, where you can purchase a ticket from a season ticket holder who is unable to attend a specific match. If you can’t get hold of a ticket for a Premier League match, it is often easier and cheaper to get tickets for the FA Cup: the world’s oldest club knockout tournament. Alternatively, watch a match in a pub or with your host family... or in a pub with your host family!
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Museums

London’s museums are famous and mostly free to visit. Here are some of the best:

Victoria & Albert Museum Calls itself “the world’s greatest museum of art and design.” Who are we to disagree?
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL (vam.ac.uk)

Natural History Museum Learn about the natural world at this giant, beautiful Central London museum, within walking distance of the Science Museum and V&A.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD (nhm.ac.uk)
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Science Museum For centuries, London has been at the heart of the scientific world. The science museum has a huge number of exhibitions, many of which are interactive.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD (sciencemuseum.org.uk)

British Museum Full of fascinating relics sent home by British explorers during the days of the Empire, alongside regular modern exhibitions.
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG (britishmuseum.org)

Design Museum Features modern industrial and fashion design, architecture, graphics and multimedia.
28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD (designmuseum.org)

Hunterian Museum and Archives The Royal College of Surgeons is home to one of London’s weirdest museums, where you can see thousands of medical specimens and have a go at performing keyhole surgery! (Not on a real patient) Open Tuesday to Saturday.
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE (rcseng.ac.uk/museums)

Galleries

National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery Masterpieces from the masters and modern works, just a short walk from Covent Garden.
Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN (nationalgallery.org.uk)
 
Tate Modern Stylish museum that usually features a giant installation alongside smaller exhibitions of modern art.
Sumner Street, Bankside, SE1 9TG (tate.org.uk/modern)
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Tate Britain Modern works from Picasso, Mondrian, Magritte and many more.
Millbank, City of Westminster, SW1P 4RG (tate.org.uk/britain)

Saatchi Gallery Founded by a legend from the world of advertising, this is one of London’s most innovative galleries.
King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY (saatchi-gallery.co.uk)

Barbican Centre A theatre, cinema, music and arts centre that often hosts alternative exhibitions.
Golden Lane, City of London EC1Y 8DL (barbican.org.uk)

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