Don’t want to be a typical tourist when studying in London? Don’t fancy being stuck in bustling streets with commuters, competing for pavement space? Then you’re in the right place. This post gives you ALL the inside information that as a Canadian student in the UK, you need to know.
Here are the 5 unconventional ways Canadian students studying in the UK explore London:
London BY NIGHT
Seeing London during the day is one thing, by night, it is a different place. And it is spectacular.
Typical London landmarks are no more – they are all lit by bright lights and vivid colours, perfect snapshots for your Instagram.
Oxford Street will show you why London could be another city that never sleeps – shop fronts that are dressed up to the nines with colourful lights and opening hours that will allow you to shop until you drop.
If you have chosen to study in the UK over the winter and Christmas months, you’ll be lucky enough to experience London’s Winter Wonderland. If ice skating, a huge Christmas market, big top shows and fantastic Christmas themed views from the London Eye sound like your thing, you will love Winter Wonderland.
London BY WATER
If you fancy seeing the same London, but from a different view point, take to the water! Aboard the amphibious vehicle with Duck Tours, see the sights of London finished with a splash in the Thames. Maybe you should take a quack at it!
Or if that isn’t for you, maybe a touch of Venice in the heart of London would be… Regent Canals are home to numerous waterside cafes, pubs and restaurants. From here, you can take a canal boat and experience the tranquillity that London has to offer.
London BY AIR
It is no question that London has a spectacular skyline, but have you ever thought of eating dinner with that skyline as your view? Restaurants such as the Roof Gardens or the Aqua Shard make the most of their location and use it to amaze their diners.
If dining in the air isn’t up your street, maybe a trip in a cable car across the Thames would be. Emirates Air Line brings you London, like you have never seen it before. You can discover a unique view of London showing you a bird’s-eye-view of the most iconic buildings and attractions.
London BY FOOD
When you’re in London, you have to try the best of British cuisine and this includes the great dish: Pie and Mash (mashed potato). You could even tour London by the TOP restaurants that are renowned for their Pie and Mash dishes…
- Rules in Covent Garden - one of London’s oldest restaurants
- The Windmill – self-confessed pie specialists
- Pieminister – if your after something cheap and quick
- Old Bank of England – allegedly flanked by Sweeny Todd’s barber shop
Not sure about Pie and Mash as a dish? Street feasts are another great way to experience the culture of London. They combine every cuisine you can think of, all in one place. Not only that, but it is a great way to be social and be around the ‘proper Londoners’.
London BY FRIENDS
"It’s LONDON BABY!"
Everyone loves Friends… You know… The TV show… You should definitely experience London just like Joey!
Take lots and lots of pictures, even of the simpler things, you’ll regret it if you don’t. And don’t worry about being too ‘touristy’, London is full of them! See all the sites, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Big Ben and the Tower Bridge. Even better, do it all wearing a ‘London-esque’ hat, just like Joey! Just don’t stand in a map in the street…
These unconventional ways you can explore London will definitely give you a unique and varied view of London, which, as Canadian students studying in the UK, is exactly what you need to do. Make the most of your time here!