Get recommendations for a few must-see locations around London of Spring 2022 student Talaith Campbell.
***This is an example of a student’s experience from Spring 2022. Specific programming and activities are subject to change semester by semester.
London is a place with so much to explore and endless things going on. It would be impossible to see and do everything even if you were there for years! But, alas, you must start somewhere! I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite areas to explore during your time on semester. Of course… Go where your heart desires, but here’s a start.
Greenwich is a borough home to the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory and is situated along the River Thames. Its location on the southwest makes it a bit of a trek from Verto home base but it is well worth it! Greenwich Park is one of my favorite places to visit with its extensive rolling green hills and shaded areas. The top of the park offers incredible views of the city too. Greenwich Market is a London classic and has been there for decades. Local artists sell their goods all surrounded by excellent restaurants and local bakeries. Some of the best ice cream I’ve had in the city can be found in Greenwich! It’s easily accessible through the underground or through travel along the Thames using London’s Uber boats.
Brick Lane is a street in the East End. You might have heard of it as Jack the Ripper’s old stomping grounds but not to worry… Nowadays it’s home to some infamous curry houses, bagel joints, and Spitalfields Market. Jews, French Huguenots, Irish immigrants and Bangladeshi settlers made the area into the cultural hub it is today. Spitalfields Market is famous for its street food and historical relevance. It started with traders all the way back in 1197! Brick Lane in general is home to great shopping and is an all around must visit area.
Hampstead is an area northwest of Charing Cost and is a very different experience than my other suggestions. It is an affluent residential area with excellent views of the city. I mainly suggest it because of its natural features. It is home to many meadows, parks, and woodlands. Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath are two famous areas that are must do’s. Hampstead Heath is one of London’s largest green areas and boasts its share of the city’s history. On top of the parks, it’s a nice day trip to just walk around and look at the beautiful houses and winding streets. If you’re into fancy shopping, there’s plenty of that too. While you’re there, check out Keat House, the National Trust, and the Hill Garden. There’s lots to explore!