Regional Focus
A city known for its diversity and international atmosphere, London offers a vast array of exciting attractions, historical treats and impressive food outlets. Georgina Deacon delves deeper into the city she calls home.

With one of the most recognisable city skylines in the world, and a pulsing, international flair, London has no need to prove itself. But with last year's Brexit decision, the city has launched the #LondonIsOpen campaign to show the entrepreneurial, outward-looking and multinational spirit of the city.


English UK London has "enthusiastically supported" the campaign, says association Chair and Principal of St Giles London Central, Mark Rendell, adding, "It reminds the world of our conviction that London remains a tolerant, successful, world-class, open, and welcoming destination."



On the streets of London is where you'll find the pulse of the city. A leisurely jaunt can take you from the impressive St Paul's Cathedral and grandiose Royal Courts in the east, through the glitz and glamour of Soho, then down The Mall just off Trafalgar Square, where you can find Buckingham Palace, before returning to the tube station via St James's Park, Westminster and Big Ben. Richard Quarterman at EC London confirms, "Walking is the best way to get to know the various neighbourhoods, the people, and the places - and it's free!"


Aside from the main tourist sites, students should look a little closer to find the things that excite those who call London home, including speakeasy bars (like the London Underground-themed Cahoots); foodie pop-ups found at weekend markets or at events like Street Feast; and late-night exhibitions and events at the Science Museum, Wellcome Collection and The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in east London. Whatever niche interest or passion one may have, London caters for all.



Get to know London


A pigeon's eye view
Escape the busy streets by going up into the sky - or specifically the Sky Garden, as Emma Buckby at International House London suggests. "You can wander around the garden in the sky and try some delicious cocktails."



Grab a pint
With pubs aplenty, it won't be difficult to find a spot for a pint. Neil Harvey at the English Studio recommends the George Inn near London Bridge, "London's only remaining galleried coaching inn, often visited by Dickens."


Get traditional
Learn how to Morris dance or play the fiddle at the Cecil Sharp House in Camden, says Richard at EC London. "There is a folk music library, as well as traditional song and dance classes."


Game on!
Soak up the competitive atmosphere at one of London's many football stadiums or head to Twickenham for an international rugby game, as Neil advises.






A taste of London


London boasts an exciting and enticing food culture, with dishes from the world over available in street markets and restaurants. "You could stay in London for a whole year and eat a different cuisine every single day," enthuses Richard. He recommends Borough Market, "for some incredible local produce and fresh street food", and Brixton, "for a little Caribbean flair".



While noting that London is home to 66 restaurants which have at least one Michelin star, Neil suggests heading west to Southall "where you will dine on some of the best Indian food anywhere in the world".


At IH London, Emma says Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair for afternoon tea is a must, "as it is reasonably priced, but good quality and they are kind enough to keep filling up the plates".


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