As an international student seeking to satisfy your curiosity and quest to know what makes London tick, there are so many places of interest you can visit during your school year to make your study more exciting. Let’s take a look at the 10 top places of interest you can’t afford to miss.

  1. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Get the ultimate Harry Potter experience and see where all the magic happens in The Making of Harry Potter. Treat yourself to a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films and see first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films. You also get to step inside some of the films’ locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s hut.

2. Buckingham Palace

Want to see the Queen of England and have a feel of what it’s like to be in the prestigious palace? Then take a tour of Buckingham Palace this summer and explore the extravagant State Rooms in this year’s special exhibition, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. In 2019, Buckingham Palace is open to visitors from 20 July until 29 September. You don’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity.

3. The Coca-Cola London Eye

If you love heights and would love to have an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks, you should visit the Coca-Cola London Eye and enjoy the best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. What a breathtaking experience!

4. Tower of London

Discover one of the world’s most famous buildings with its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo. Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels. A visit to the Tower of London will convince you that London does not cease to wow its visitors.

5. Body Worlds at the London Pavilion

Give yourself an opportunity to be blown away by the groundbreaking wonders of science at the Body Worlds exhibition at the London Pavilion featuring more than 200 exhibits of how plastination techniques preserve real bodies. Learn about the complexity of the human body, examine how different lifestyles can affect our health through real-life examples of healthy and diseased organs or try out interactive elements, including a smoking app, heart rate monitors and an anatomical mirror that lets you see your internal organs reflected.

6. Sea Life

The new Sea Life London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 SEA LIFE attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors along a stunning glass tunnel walkway which offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a Tropical Ocean to discover the marvels of the marine world including seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium provides the UK with a leading centre of excellence on marine management, conservation, preservation and education.

7. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Get your adrenaline pumping as you whizz down UK’s tallest public artwork with a 40-second ride on the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit makes you twist and turn your way down the sculpture at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (24 kilometres per hour) as you glimpse London’s skyscape passing through sections of light. The Slide is made up of 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew named the bettfeder, and ends in a thrilling 50 metre (164 foot) straight run to the ground.

8. ZSL London Zoo

Keep in touch with the wildlife of the world at the ZSL London Zoo which is packed with lots of wonder and amazement with more than 750 species of animals to meet and thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered. You can also have a close-up view of the Asiatic lions in Land of the Lions, meet the Monkeys, and, if you’re feeling brave, then visit Europe’s only walkthrough spider experience plus the iconic Penguin Beach, Tiger Territory and the Gorilla Kingdom.

9. Arsenal Emirates Stadium

Do you want to have the opportunity to get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a match day? Now you have the chance to so take a quick trip to the Emirates Stadium which is the most technologically advanced football stadium in Europe, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities with stunning features from Arsenal’s Highbury past. Take a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s finest sporting arenas and enjoy the luxurious changing room, with a stunning hydrotherapy spa. Take a walk down the tunnel into the magnificent stadium bowl before taking Arsène Wenger’s seat in the dug-out.

10. Emirates Air Line

The Emirates Air Line cable car is your sure bet to travel easy from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks and to enjoy great views of London using a cable car. The cable car trip takes approximately 10 minutes. However, during peak times (7 am to 9 am Monday to Friday) the journey takes roughly five minutes. The cars, which accommodate 10 people, arrive every 30 seconds. You can use your Oyster and Visitor Oyster card or a contactless payment card to pay for the trip.

After 7 pm, enjoy extended Night Flights (12 to 13 minutes each way) with music and video in cabins to enhance your in-flight experience as you watch the city come alive after dark.  Emirates Air Line is accessible to wheelchair users and cyclists and is open seven days per week.

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