London, Summer 2012: The Student Guide

London, Summer 2012: The Student Guide | Maybe it’s just me, but there hasn’t been much at all about London in the news lately. Of course, that’s if you ignore the miles of column inches about the Olympics, the Paralympics and, what else, oh yes, more Olympics. Yes, the Games are coming to London in a matter of days now, maybe they’ve already arrived by the time you’re reading this, and it has all the makings of a fantastic summer for London. However, if your parents aren’t best mates with Boris or Seb and you haven’t been lucky enough to score tickets to one of the events, there are still a huge number of things on offer to young people in London this summer. Check out some of these top tips for what you could get up to in the capital this summer, apart from watching the competitions and sheltering from the rain, of course!

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What’s On in London This Summer?

If you are a student, make the most of your time and enjoy some of London’s famous attractions but at a discount. Most museums and attractions in the city offer discounts to students on presentation of a valid student card. Even if you’re not a registered student, many places still offer discounts on entrance costs to those under 25 from within the European Union, or you can see savings on group tickets if you go with a few friends or family members. Check out all the places in your guidebook: the V&A Museum, the Tate Modern, British Museum, the Science Museum, etc.

A touch of music…

If museums aren’t your thing, there are a lot of free festivals and events you can get caught up in when you’re in London this summer. Notting Hill Carnival is a must-see for anyone who has the chance to go if you’re at all interested in music, food, dancing, drinking, or anything else that might go on. Other than that, try the More London Free Festival, offering a range of free theatre, music, comedy and film screenings right across the city. Take a look at the VisitLondon website for more information.

Enjoy the great outdoors…

Looking just for some time to relax and chill out with your friends? Make the most of the odd day of sunshine we have forecast for this summer and head to some of the precious green space in the capital. Head to Hyde Park, Victoria Park or Richmond Park for some of the nicest open spaces. Ice-cream stalls, places to hit the football around or just relax with some music; all of this is covered and can make a great day out whenever the sun makes an appearance. Best of all: completely free!

Make the most of your time…

Want to learn something new this summer? Consider taking advantage of the down time during your summer holidays and learn a new language. Or, if you’re an international student, summer is a great time to improve your English! Language schools right across the capital open their doors during the summer months to offer intensive (and semi-intensive) language courses in a variety of languages, from French to Japanese to Russian to Swahili. Whatever language you fancy learning, there’s guaranteed to be a course near you. Summertime is a popular time for international students to come over to England, enjoy living in London for a few weeks and improve their English at the same time. Win-win! Sound like this kind of thing could interest you, go to IELTS courses in London if you want to learn English or simply search language schools in London and see what other language courses take your interest. It really is a great way to make the most of the holidays!

A tiny bit of Olympic spirit…

And finally, I know I promised this wouldn’t talk about the Olympics, but if the fever does indeed grab hold of you, there are dozens of big screens being erected all over the city in parks and public spaces where you can watch the proceedings for free. If anything, I think it’s a better way to experience the Games. Grab a blanket, a few cold beers and lay on the grass with some friends and cheer on your home team. For details of the nearest screens to you, check out the London2012 official webpage and look for ‘Live Sites’.

For more information about anything discussed above, go to the official VisitLondon website, the London2012 website or, for more information on the language courses, check out Language Teaching Centres for more details of exactly what’s on offer.

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