London, the capital of England, is considered as one of most beautiful cities in the world. Banner of the english culture and way of life, this is an amazing destination for young and active students. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich. It is also a place of cultural diversity : London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within Greater London.
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You want to go to the UK for a SCAN Trip, but you don’t know which place to choose? You could be interested in London! With a wide panel of places to visit, a lot of activities (daytime or nighttime) and the great university of Imperial College, you really won’t have a minute to be bored, and you will come back with a lot of great memories!
First, we found a great flat for 6 persons in the center of London, near Earl’s Court. It was about 25 minutes walking from the university, so we didn’t have to take the bus or the tube everyday to get there. It cost less than 2000€ for 13 nights, which made 330€ per person for the whole stay, or 25€ per night and per person, which was quite a fair price. There were some shops around the flat (for example, there was a TESCO store about 200 meters further, which was very convenient to do some food shopping), pubs, restaurants, a tube station, etc.
Concerning the transport in London, if you want to use public transports, you’ll have to buy an Oyster Card. It costs £5, which can be returned to you at the end of your stay. You can use this card in the subway and the bus. The price of each ride may change, depending on the zone you want to travel to. Of course, you can refill this card when you need to.
At the Imperial College, we were welcomed at the university by a mechanics teacher, who was also one of the persons in charge of the Mechanical Department. He gave us the schedules of both 1st and 2nd year students in this department, so we could choose which lectures and tutorials to attend. It was very interesting to see what methods teachers use to teach their subject, and it is really different from France.
In London, there is really a lot of tings to do. Most of the museums are free, that’s why we spent a lot of time visiting them. It was really convenient because we could come back whenever we wanted, depending on the lectures that we wanted to attend. The Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the National Galleries are really impressive, you have to visit them if you go to London.
There are also a lot of markets in London, with a lot of animation, in Notting Hill or in Camden for example, you can have a great time there.
You can also see a lot of street art in the suburbs of London, we actually got a nice presentation with a guide for cheap.
Obviously, you have to go to a pub at least once, there you can get really nice beer, and a unique atmosphere.
Finally, there is a lot of famous places that you can go to, like Sherlock Holmes’ apartment, the Beatles’ Abbey Road crosswalk, etc. and of course the center of London which is full of impressive buildings (such as Tower Bridge, the Abbey of Westminster, etc,) and nice places to visit!
We hope you will enjoy your stay in London if you choose this city!
Why do you have to chose London ?
First of all, London is the capital of UK. Imperial College is the equivalent of Ecole Polytechnique in UK so it’s interesting to compare both systems. The campus is lovely because it is near to Hyde Park.
We had two students at Imperial College to show us around the university and who invited us to a party the first day we arrived, a Tuesday. So we could create contact and have tips for our trip.
In other universities, they didn’t have these two students to help them, so they were like strangers in the university, not us.
In London, biggest museums are free so you can visit the morning and the afternoon and go out at night. As you can imagine, there are a lot of pubs, nightclubs with unbeliavable real Londoners ! You have to go there to understand what I’m saying. You can’t be bored !
Let’s talk about money. We got a flat in zone 1 for 15 pounds per day per person. It was an awesome flat with home-cinema, sofas, 2 bedrooms (for 6 persons), an american kitchen and a bathroom. We can send you the email adress of the landlord if you want ! Transports in London are quite expensive so you have to buy an travelcard (oyster card) for 2 weeks, it will cost 50 pounds but after that, London isn’t expensive. Food and beer prices are fine.
Don’t worry by the test at your return, it won’t be harder as usually and if you planned well your trip, it won’t be hard to catch up in tutorials : it is just one week.
And don’t forget, Olympic games will start the 26th of April !
Antoine, Pierre, Mallorie, Loic, Elise, Hadrien