On this blog, Christian our 30+ student from Switzerland, share his advice about how to get the most of your first days in London!
“Hello, my name is Christian, and I recently studied at Tti School for 10 weeks. I would like to share some advice to enjoy this amazing city when you are studying here.
If it is your first day in London you should start with a full English breakfast. It is served in lots of pubs and restaurants around and will fill you to the brim with grilled bacon, cumberland sausage, free-range eggs, slow-roasted thyme tomato, baked beans, roasted mushrooms, black pudding and toast, all for around £10.
After filling your belly, why not visit the Tate Modern? Even if you are not interested in art, this modern art gallery is impressive! The building is close to the Millenium Bridge and you can go to the top floor of the Blavatnik Building where there is an open viewing terrace and it is free. It boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the London Skyline. Enjoy a drink and snacks from the bar as you look across the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, and as far as Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium. The view over the city of London is overwhelming.
Why not explore one of the many markets in London? By this time of the day, you should be feeling hungry. I would recommend walking 10 minutes from the Tate Modern to Borough Market and try delicious free samples. Part of the fun is wandering around, gawking at fresh and strange ingredients, and scouting out prices and quality, so take your time before buying!
How about a 20 minutes walk to discover Tower Bridge and Tower of London? Unique and beautiful, Tower Bridge is an icon of the London skyline and is definitely a must-have picture or video any visitor to London will want to take home.
If it is getting dark how about a breathtaking view of London by night from the London Eye? At that time, It is not so crowded and you do not have to queue to get on. Students save over 40% on London Eye tickets, only available when you book online! It is £16.00, but if you like London by night, it is worth it and of course, you will be able to see the lit up Big Ben very clearly. You should finish your day with a tasty pizza and a pint in a traditional English pub!
On the next day, you should start early, have a coffee near Piccadilly and try a jam croissant or a pancake. Then go shopping, but today not at a market, go instead to Oxford Street. There are lots of shops and the famous Selfridges department store with over 300 stores inside.
If you aren’t exhausted from walking up and down the streets, you could visit Madame Tussauds near Baker Street, also where Sherlock Holmes used to live.
After that, you can walk and cross Regent’s Park to reach the huge Camden Market. Don’t get confused, this market has a lot of narrow streets and alleys and it’s impossible to experience the entire market by your first visit. From street art to souvenirs, music and food Camden has a unique and vibrant atmosphere, the best of the best is that Tti School is only 5 minutes walking distance from here!
Go out of the crowded market and walk to Primrose Hill. It’s located on the north of Regent’s Park and you can get a great view of the skyline of London.
On your last evening, you must experience one of many musicals and plays, even if you don’t understand so much English. There are always stunning actors and great live orchestras.
After those strenuous days have a beer or eat something in an atmospheric pub.”
Thank you so much Christian for these amazing recommendations! For more details about our 30+ Course please visit our website http://www.ttischool.com