A group of KICL students taking a selfie

Life in London

The UK’s capital is a city like no other. London offers over 300 museums and galleries, an amazing theatre scene, iconic landmarks and unrivalled shopping districts and sporting facilities, plus an endless selection of bars and restaurants serving food and drink from across the globe.

“London is a very big city — there’s so much to do every single day and it’s full of opportunities.”

Lucy from China
Kaplan International College London graduate

London: things to know 

London culture

London is packed with brilliant cultural attractions.

Three students looking at city map on the board

In London there’s always something to see and do!

History on your doorstep

London has been an important European capital city for hundreds of years, and it has a rich and visible heritage for you to explore. Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are just some of the historic sites that tell the story of London’s past. There are also museums dedicated to British history, including the Imperial War Museum, Tate Britain and of course, the British Museum.

Music, theatre, art and more…

Visit famous galleries such as the Tate Modern and National Gallery for free, or pay to see exciting exhibitions from world-famous artists. The West End is the city’s theatre hub, dazzling audiences every day with incredible musicals and plays. There are also many music venues for intimate gigs and huge concerts featuring international stars.

So many great restaurants

Although you can find many traditional British dishes in London, such as fish and chips, pies and Sunday roasts, the city’s food scene is also incredibly multicultural. Find quality dishes from anywhere around the world, at small independent restaurants and renowned Michelin-starred venues.

View of Houses of Parliament and Palace of Westminster
Study in London 
Two students having a city tour on bikes

Underbelly Festival

Featuring exciting acts from an award-winning cabaret show to theatre productions and comedians, plus fantastic street food and outdoor bars, this summer event isn’t one to miss.

British Summer Time

Taking place at the famous Hyde Park, you can see your favourite artists perform on the big stage. Past performers have included Adele and Justin Bieber.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the largest of four Royal Parks in London. You can hire a boat for a trip across its tranquil lake, swim in the lido or stroll through the beautiful rose garden.

Kew Gardens

Book tickets to visit this World Heritage Site and witness the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world, with over 50,000 living plants to discover.

Night-time Bus Tour

Take in the sites of London after dark and watch how the city lights up and comes alive in the evening as you whizz by on an open top bus.

Sherlock Holmes Tour

Visit locations that inspired the famous book series about one of the world’s most famous fictional detectives, and see where the latest screen adaptation was filmed.