Short visits to London
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with London
London is a dynamic, cosmopolitan capital city and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Studying on an Executive Education programme at London Business School gives you the opportunity to delve into this energetic city’s core and sample everything it has to offer, from culture and gastronomy to shopping and entertainment.
Many of our Executive Education participants like to extend their stay after the programme ends to experience more of London life, and our central location makes it easy to experience the best bits of the city as you’ll find them right on your doorstep, meaning you can make the most of your short stay.
There are exciting events going on throughout the year In London, from ice skating at Somerset House in winter to summertime festivals like the Notting Hill Carnival. Annual events include:
You can discover how to spend your free time while studying at LBS by exploring this month by month calendar of events.
London has a long list of must see attractions and even if you only have a few days in the city, you can still get a feel for the city’s rich historical heritage by visiting some of its best-loved and most famous monuments and sights.
Westminster Abbey – This architecturally impressive Abbey is the final resting place of hundreds of noble families and historically important people, from George Frederic Handel to Aphra Behn.
St Paul’s Cathedral – One of London’s most recognisable sights, you can climb up to the dome of St Paul’s or hear the Cathedral Choir sing at Evensong.
Buckingham Palace – This has been the home of the British Monarchy since 1837 and sits between two picturesque parks: Green Park and St James’s. You can see the famous Changing of the Guard here every morning.
The London Eye – Overlooking the Thames at a height of 135 metres, The London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel.
Southbank – The Southbank stretches along the Thames and is packed with restaurants, bars and pop-up eateries as well as being the home of the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall and a daily second-hand book market under the arches of Waterloo Bridge.
Whatever your interests, London is a city that never sleeps and there’s everything from late nights at museums, evening comedy performances and a thriving nightlife scene to be found outside of your study hours.
Restaurants, pubs and bars – the London food scene is booming and you can experience anything and everything here, from cheap, international street food stalls at Broadway Market to traditional British pubs like Charles Dickens’s former watering hole in Covent Garden, the Lamb and Flag.
London is a mecca for cocktail aficionados and Michelin-starred cuisine too, with two of the top ten restaurants in the world, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Ledbury, found in the city centre and mentioned in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 awards.
Theatre, comedy and live music – If you want to catch a show while you’re in London, there are theatres in the famous West End and exciting fringe events to be found all over the city, like performances in the Old Vic Tunnels below Waterloo Station or shows from immersive alternative theatre company Punch Drunk, where audiences aren’t just observers, they’re active participants.
You’re spoilt for choice for live music and comedy in London, with larger venues like the Hammersmith Apollo, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Brixton Academy pulling big name bands such as Kasabian and Kate Bush and a thriving comedy scene with venues like the Soho Theatre and the Comedy Store.
Museums and Galleries – Many of London’s free museums and galleries have late night openings where you can experience special events or just take in exhibitions when the venues are less crowded. You can take a candlelit tour of Sir John Soane’s Museum on the first Tuesday of the month, wander around the National Portrait Gallery until 9 pm every Thursday and Friday or stay late at the Science Museum on the last Wednesday of each month.
London is one of the best cities in the world for shopping and caters to every budget. It might be famous for its iconic designer emporiums in Knightsbridge, but there’s more to shopping here than Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Highlights include:
- browsing the luxury boutiques of Mayfair and Knightsbridge
- visiting the 300+ shops along Oxford Street, most of which operate late night opening hours
- bargaining for antiques on Portobello Road or hunting out one of a kind gifts on Covent Garden’s craft market
- searching for artisan and vintage clothing at Old Spitalfields Market
- sampling international food and punk outfits at Camden Market
- buying local and seasonal produce and foodie gifts at Borough Market, London’s most famous food market.
Start your London life
Start planning how you’re going to fit in all the sights and tastes of London around your study by reading more about the School's Executive Education programme.