London is the largest city in the UK and one of the leading cities in the world. There are over 412,000 students studying at one of the many universities in the city. The abundance of students and young people means that there is no shortage of options for a top night out, any day of the week. The various districts of London all cater for different tastes so it is advisable to know roughly in which direction to head. The Shoreditch area of London’s east end is the trendy area and very popular with students. There are many late bars and clubs stretching from Old Street Tube Station to Shoreditch High Street including XOYO, a live music and events space that regularly hosts club nights. Look out for the ‘Bugged Out!’ parties as they are not to be missed! There are countless clubs in the Soho area of central London, although many of these tend to be tourist traps and can be very overpriced. Highlights in Soho include Café de Paris, Zoo bar and Ruby Blue. Mayfair is where you will find the upmarket clubs and bars like China White, Funky Buddha and Mahiki. Expect strict door policies, expensive drinks and maybe a celebrity or two. Camden is home to the alternative, indie and metal music scene and the bars, shops and clubs along Camden High Street reflect the crowd. The Electric Ballroom and Koko make for great club nights and often host live music events.
London is arguably one of the best cities in the world for art and culture. There are hundreds of galleries and exhibition spaces. Tate Modern is the most visited modern art gallery in the world and is housed in a former power station next to the River Thames. Check out the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern as there is usually something exciting (and free) happening there.
London can sometimes appear very grey and concrete so it is a good idea to get to know the parks and open spaces in the city. Regent’s Park can be found in the centre of the city and includes a boating lake, sports fields and gardens. Hampstead Heath is in North London and is one of the capitals best sunbathing locations. The Heath is also home to three swimming ponds (men, women and mixed), which provide the perfect opportunity to cool down on hot summer days.