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Here students can get information about living and studying in London, including tips for getting around town, dining, and enjoying the city.

Living in London

The city of London is home to a number off exciting districts, great museums, and exciting events. Living in the heart of the city gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of England, and experience all that the city has to offer. 

Harrods at Night

London Neighborhoods

Here are the famous districts and areas close to the residence hall. 

Covet Garden is right over the Waterloo Bridge, and is home to many specialty shops and street performers.  Covet Garden has an open air shopping area in a large square, and an outdoor food market on Thursdays. 

Historic Westminster holds many of the famous landmarks of London including Westminster Abbey, the House of Parliament, and Big Ben. 

Hyde Park was formerly the Royal Hunting grounds, and today is open to the public.  Hyde Park features bike trails, rose gardens, a Serpentine Lake, and abundant green space.  Other great parks in the area include St. James Park and Green Park.  

Notting Hill is home to the famous Portobello Road Market every Saturday.  The market has antiques, food, clothes, and crafts. Notting Hill is a well regarded area known for it's architecture and gardens.  

Soho is considered hip and trendy with fashionable galleries and an urban vibe.

South Bank contains the London Eye, the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern Art Museum, and many trendy restaurants. The Southbank Center is the largest single-run arts center in the world, and is right along the River Thames.  It also contains the Millennium Foot Bridge which leads to St. Paul's.   

South Kensington is home to Imperial College-London.  The area has many museums including the Science, Natural History, and Victoria and Albert (V&A). Many of the museums are free, making them a great activity for students. 

Dining

All flats have a full working kitchen which many students cook in regularly.  There are 3 grocery stores close to Conway Hall: 

Marks & Spencer Simply Food 
Opposite Platform 7
Waterloo Station SE1 8SE

Sainsbury's Local

101 Waterloo Rd

London SE1 8UL

United Kingdom

Iceland Grocery 
112-113 Lower Marsh 
Waterloo, London SE1 7AE
United Kingdom Southwark  

Nearby popular restaurants include: 

Prêt a Manger- Good place for a quick sandwich, salad, or coffee.  There are many locations throughout London, including next to Fisher Hall.

EAT- A quick place for sandwiches and pastries.  There are many locations. Including one on the south side of the River Thames.

Fernando's- Is a small reasonably priced sandwich shop close to Fischer Hall.

Cafe Nero- A quality coffee shop with locations throughout London 

The Wellington- Is the closet pub to Conway Hall, the pub has a fun atmosphere, and is a great place to watch different sporting events. 

The Stage Door-  This neighborhood pub is a five minute walk from Conway Hall.  It has good prices and a local atmosphere

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese- This famous pub is located on Fleet Street, and is one of the oldest in London (it was rebuilt in 1667), It was frequented by many famous Londoners including Charles Dickens 

Wahaca- Is a trendy Mexican restaurant with tapas style dishes.  There are many locations around the city including one on Waterloo Road, and another on the south side of the River Thames. 

Nando's- Is a Portuguese chicken restaurant with a trendy atmosphere.  There are many locations,  including one on Stamford Street.  

Borough Market- This food market is full of international foods and local favorites.  It has an outside market with many food stalls, and is located by the London Bridge. 

Other Resources

Boots Pharmacy- Waterloo Station.  This is a small pharmacy with bigger branches on Lower Marsh and the Strand.

Houseware Center- 42 Lower Marsh.  This store has utensils, water filters, and food storage items.  

Post Office- 125-131 Westminster Bridge Road

Local Churches in London: St. Patricks is the closest to Conway Hall on Cornwall Road. Westminster Cathedral is a beautiful Byzantine church on Victoria Street. 

Transportation

There are many ways to get around London including train, bus, cab, and foot.  Most locations are walking distance.  The London Underground (train stations) and buses are easy ways to travel to further locations, and are best used with an Oyster Card, which is a plastic prepaid card.  Oyster Cards can be bought at any train station with credit card, and some stations with cash.  Cabs in London can be expensive but are reasonable for groups of four or five people.  

Weather

The weather in London is frequently unpredictable, but on average is in the mid 60s with rain.  The temperature could be as low as 50 and as high as 78. Students should pack primarily layers of clothes, but also a few warm weather outfits as many buildings lack air-conditioning. However, Conway Hall and the Fisher Hall are air-conditioned.

Fun Things to Do

There are countless ways to have fun in London, but here are some examples of activities students have done in the past. Monument at Hyde Park

London Eye 

Westminster Abby 

St. Paul's Cathedral

Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

Millenium Bridge to St. Paul's

British Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Harry Potter Castle National Gallery 

National Portrait Gallery 

Tate Modern 

Churchill War Rooms

Cricket Match 

Football Game

Wimbledon 

West End Live 

Abby Road

Platform 9 3/4 

Ladies at Tea

Harry Porter Studio Tour

Afternoon Tea

Camden Market

Spitalfields Market

Borough Market 

Also check out the TimeOut website or magazine for more happenings in London

London Apps

Currency lets you track the changing exchange rate in Great Britain and other countries

Text+ allows users to use wifi to text for free 

Mint.com helps you stay on budget while abroad

TubeMap can give directions on the Underground and approximate times 

Citymapper allows you to enter a start and end location and it will give all options of transportation (train, bus, cab, and walking), show the prices, and times of each 

Rick Steves' Audio Europe gives you short audio guides on different cities in Europe and short guided walking tours.  For London there are travel tips, and walking tours of St. Paul's, Westminster Abby, and more