There are countless things you can do and see to get a taste of London once you're settled into your new accommodation, as it's a vibrant city with a rich history and mix of cultures. Here are our five suggestions:
1. Visit the Iconic Museums in Albertopolis
This cultural and educational hotspot in South Kensington was named after Queen Victoria's husband in the 1850s, and is home to three free museums that attract millions of visitors each year: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which showcases decorative art and design pieces.
Every student who's new to London should certainly take a day out to have a look at the fascinating exhibitions.
2. Enjoy the Atmosphere in Historic Pubs
London has countless traditional pubs, some of which predate William Shakespeare himself and others that opened in the more recent Victorian era. Those new to the city should make a point of dropping into a few for a pint, as it's a great way to relax and get an authentic taste of British life.
The Dove is just a short walk from our Hammersmith accommodation, and has had some famous patrons over the years – from King Charles II to Sir Alec Guinness, Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene.
3. Attend a Football Game
London has no shortage of top-flight football teams, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, QPR, Spurs and West Ham currently playing in the Premier League. Football is a huge part of British culture, and there's nothing like experiencing a game live.
Tickets for most matches can be bought from club websites or from the ticket office at the stadium. Booking as early as possible is advisable so that you don't miss out.
4. Visit the Tower of London
England's most famous fortress has a fascinating history that spans almost a thousand years. It was added to and restored numerous times over the centuries, and is now one of London's biggest attractions. For students who are new to London, it's a great way to learn a bit of your new home's history. Admission is £20 for adults, which is definitely worth it as you'll easily spend a few hours looking around the complex, exploring the infamous prison and getting up close to the Crown Jewels.
As it sits on the north bank of the Thames, you'll be right in the middle of the action once you've finished looking round. The Design Museum and the View from the Shard are both a short distance away, both of which are also worth checking out. You can get to them by crossing the instantly recognisable Tower Bridge – which is an experience in itself.
5. See a West End Show
Alongside New York's Broadway, the West End is the most famous theatre district in the world. Seeing a West End show is an essential London activity, but it's also something new residents should try out too.
Popular shows from recent years include Billy Elliot, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera. Prices tend to vary quite a lot depending on the show and the venue, with most tickets starting around the £25 mark.
Great Accommodation in a Great City
Pure Student Living is the luxurious option for anyone looking for student halls in London. With four locations across the city, you'll be able to pick one that's most convenient for you.
If you'd like to arrange a viewing or book a room, please get in touch by calling +44(0) 20 8912 5020, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.