12 Things to do on your first week in London

Student life will surely show you the best of London, but here are some things to do to get your bearings in your first week in the city – London is Calling, there’s no time to waste and too much to see!

The best park in the city is pretty much in your back garden

Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, London’s green spaces are a great place to cure your hangovers with new found friends! Regent’s Park is a real favourite.



Tour the Museums and Galleries

Become a culture vulture with a city-wide tour. There’s so much to choose from right on your doorstep, from the British Museum to Churchill’s War Rooms. If you’re more into the arts, pay a visit to the Tate or National Portrait Gallery to absorb some resident masterpieces and visiting exhibitions.


Indulge in amazing places to eat and drink

London boasts an incredible multi-cultural cuisine, and there’s something for everyone! From the first Cereal Café to student-favourite Hare Krishna and a sampling from the world’s best Michelin-starred chefs. Check out London food blogs for all the best spots!



Take a stroll along the B-E-A-UTIFUL waterways

Winding from Little Venice, through Camden, Victoria Park and the Docklands, Regent’s Canal is a real gem right in the centre of the city.



Make the world your Oyster (card)

Buy a day ticket and spend some time station-hopping from Zone 1 way out to the jungles of Zone 6. Find beaches, heritage sites and activity centres you never even knew existed!


Unleash your inner tourist

It ain’t the nation’s capital for nothing! The city is bursting with sights, from St Paul’s to Buckingham Palace and the Globe Theatre to Kew Gardens. We’ll be impressed if you manage to cram it all in before you finish your degree!



Check out quirky shops

Whether you are searching for the perfect fancy dress costume, or hunting for some stylish decor to deck out your halls, there are plenty of one-off boutiques in London to start bargain hunting. The Brick Lane Vintage Market and Camden Market are a treasure trove for rooting out vintage clothing, and the east end is blessed with many tiny outlets selling craft goods, unusual jewellery, and artistic prints.


Get lost in the city

Do dedicate one day to simply walking around. Getting lost is the best way to discover London! Marylebone, Holborn and Fitzrovia have endless closes, and there’s something steeped in culture around every east-end corner . You might even find some great shortcuts that you can use to save precious time! If you prefer more guidance and background information about the city, check out our Welcome Festival Walking Tours.


Visit the set of all your favourite films

Make the movies come to life by walking in the footsteps of Hollywood stars. Of course, there’s the Harry Potter Studio Tour and the Southbank, but how about a trip down Baker Street (or should we say North Gower Street) or Notting Hill’s Portobello Road? UCL’s very own library is also a blockbuster star!


Enjoy the nightlife

London is a social playground, full of the weird and wonderful. From late night music venues like Koko and The Roundhouse, to famous clubs Egg Club and Fabric. Maybe you prefer something a little off the beaten track? The UCLU Welcome Festival has a whole range of student club nights to take your pick!



Check out an unforgettable view

Take a trip to the City, ride the Eye or simply climb the heights of Senate House Library. London is (dare we say it) even more incredible from above! Broaden your perspective and feel grounded in the BEST CITY ON EARTH.



And take some time out to just relax

Yes, this really is the greatest city on earth, but it’s important to make your house feel like your home. Pick up some creature comforts as you explore the area around your new digs, join us for our Plant Sale and a quick browse at the Welcome Festival’s Poster Sale shouldn’t go amiss!