After all your hard work, you are finally studying abroad in London! If you have few to no plans to travel outside the city, you might find yourself wondering around. Here are my top 5 places to visit.
1. Gordon’s Wine Bar
As one of the oldest wine bars in London, Gordons should be on your list. Grab a glass of wine with some friends and find a seat in the candlelit cellar. There is history all around you, from newspaper clippings to portraits of men and women from the past. If wine isn’t your thing, don’t worry, visit them for the classic english sunday roast.
2. The Anchor Bankside
Enjoy London’s famous fish and chips along the Thames River. Sharing the same path as the new Shakespeare’s Globe, this historic location is popular. Notable people like Shakespeare and Samuel Pepys frequented this restaurant. If you are a fan of Shakespeare’s works and delicious food, this location is a must.
3. The Tower Bridge
Often confused with the London Bridge, the Tower Bridge has been a staple of the London culture for hundreds of years. At 244 metres long and 65 metres high, the bridge is a popular walking route receiving about 40,000 visitors a day. For less than £10 you can get the tower bridge experience. Get a view of down under on the glass walkway.
4. Richmond Park
Escape the city with a short train ride to Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park in London. Pack some food and have a nice relaxing picnic in the park. During fall time, the leaves that cover pathways are absolutely beautiful. The city life can take a toll but with a mini vacation to the park, you’ll be ready for rush hour on the tube.
5. Borough Market
Borough Market is home to some of the most diverse foods in London. If you are a foodie, this is the place to be. From pasta to exotic meat, you can always find something you like. Instead of going to your local supermarket, buy some locally grown vegetables and fruits at stands. There is something for everyone
If find yourself walking around the city, try googling some facts about the borough. You might be surprised by what you discover.
Elizabeth Soto is a Student Ambassador and Student Blogger who is studying abroad this Fall on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through the Southern California Foothills Consortium.