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About London

London is one of the most cosmopolitan, international and diverse cities in the world. With a population of 7.8 million and more than 300 languages spoken, the people of London represent cultures from all around the globe.

Queen Mary's Advice and Counselling Service offers more information on London aimed at international students and those unfamiliar with the city, such as adapting to a new culture and accessing international student networks.

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London has a lot of choice when it comes to nightlife, from live music to pubs, clubs and cocktail bars – many of which are free entry. It is often possible to get discounted tickets for West End shows by buying them on the day. There are also many affordable fringe performances and open-mic nights from up-and-coming performers.

Museums, galleries and libraries

London has more art galleries and museums than any other UK city. The major museums, such as the British Museum, The National Gallery, the Science Museum and Tate Modern all offer free entry. London is also home to the largest library in the world, known as the British Library, which students can use along with Senate House Library and Queen Mary's libraries.


London is full of famous landmarks – below are just a few ideas on what to explore first: 

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Oxford Street is famous for its flagship high street stores and it’s only a 15-minute tube journey from the Mile End campus. Alternatively there are lots of shopping centres and markets to explore, from Camden Market to Portobello Road.

Food and eating out

London has cuisine from around the world – from dim sum to lahmacun, and sushi to satay. As well as restaurants to suit all budgets, there are great fresh food markets such as Borough Market and Broadway Market.

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With over 1,000 public parks, London is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Many of these green spaces are famous Royal Parks.

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