Category: Useful Tips & Advice
Tags: London, Sightseeing, Things To Do
Posted by: Duncan
Three metro stations, three parks, two of London’s most popular attractions, more than 200 restaurants and bars, and Europe’s busiest shopping street… All within 15 minutes’ of British Study Centres’ school between Baker Street and Oxford Street in central London! British Study Centres probably has the best location in London as there are so many great things to see and do nearby, and it is right in the heart of everything! A short walk from the school is London’s main shopping quarter, Oxford Street, and within a few minutes you can find such attractions as Madame Tussauds, Regents Park and Primrose Hill. The areas around the school which include Baker Street and Bond Street are some of London’s most historic and famous, with a great atmosphere owing to the many cafés, restaurants and bars in them. They are great places to go out after class with friends. What’s amazing is that the school itself is so quiet and peaceful- it is hard to believe that the busy streets and shops are just around the corner!
If you want to go to the park with friends, do some shopping, get to some other part of London as quickly as possible, or just be in the heart of everything, there really is no better place to be. Here we will give you the top 15 things to do within 15 minutes’ of Baker Street and help you to get to know this famous and exciting area of central London.
It’s summer, class has just finished, and the sun is shining. There’s only one thing to do – lie on the grass in the park with friends, relax, and maybe even study a bit! Luckily one of London’s three best parks is only 5 minutes’ from the school! Just turn right down Baker St, walk past Marylebone Road and you’re there. This is a ‘must see’ attraction in London, and a great place for playing sports such as tennis and football, and to have lunch after school. Why not have a barbeque on the grass?
It’s hardly worth mentioning Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping district! Everyone knows this famous street- 1.25miles of shops including famous brand names and department stores. It’s only 5 minutes’ away from the school. Do not miss the world famous Selfridges department store, and nearby Regent Street with its large shops including the Apple Store, and Bond Street with its boutiques. The largest Topshop/Topman store is on Oxford Street in addition to many other flagship stores.
Two minutes’ from the school is Marylebone High Street, which was voted the best street in London by listeners of BBC Radio 4. Filled with interesting shops and lots of great places to eat, you will probably find yourself going here most lunch times if you don’t eat in the cafeteria at school. Marylebone High Street is the closest thoroughfare school, and it has some great pubs and restaurants to take your friends.
The world’s most famous address, the residence of the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, is now a museum, and a popular attraction in London. It’s on the way to Regents Park and located on Baker Street itself. At five minutes’ walk from the school, don’t miss it!
The next quarter of London, close to Baker Street, is St John’s wood, which is famous for the Abbey Road recording studios where the Beatles recorded most of their songs. Beatles fans worldwide come to St John’s Wood underground station and Abbey Road Studios, which are just 10 minutes’ from the school. It’s not possible to go into the building, but you can write your message on the wall outside! Afterwards why not check out the Beatles store on Baker St?
Baker Street seems to have more than its fair share of attractions, and here’s another one: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Madame Tussauds is one of London’s best and busiest tourist attractions, and it is only 5 minutes’ from the school. Why not take a picture of yourself with famous celebrities? Just don’t tell your family and friends you were at Madame Tussauds!
Between Manchester Street (British Study Centres) and Oxford Street lies St. Christopher’s Place, which has from amongst the largest mix of food to be found anywhere in London. You can choose from Chinese, Egyptian, French, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Seafood, Spanish, Thai and Turkish all within the same street! It’s the perfect place to have lunch after class, or during a busy afternoon shopping in Oxford Street or Covent Garden. There are some great pubs and bars in the area as well.
Did you know that as well as inventing football, rugby and tennis, England also invented cricket? The birthplace of the sport is only 10 minutes’ from the school! Everyone who loves cricket knows about Lord’s cricket ground, but even if you’re not a fan of the sport it’s worth a visit to see the pavilion and the ground’s futuristic media centre. A tip: go to Dorset Square close to Baker Street to see the real birthplace of cricket. In this fenced green was the original Lord’s cricket ground where some of the first competitive games were played.
Who would have believed it? In the centre of London, in the middle of the busy streets, offices and shops, a fantastic view over London is only 20 minutes’ away. Primrose Hill is just north of Regent’s Park, which you can walk through to reach it. Other great views over London include Greenwich Park and from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath.
London Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and has almost 750 species of animal. While visiting Primrose Hill why not take in London Zoo, which is just a short walk away?
As if there’s not enough to do around Baker Street, Oxford Street, and the west end, you can easily travel to other parts of London from the three metro (underground) stations within a short walking distance of Manchester Street (British Study Centres). Baker Street is connected to most of London through the Bakerloo, Jubilee, District, Hammersmith and City and Circle Lines. Nearby Bond Street is also connected to the Central Line, making it quick and easy to get to almost anywhere in London.
Britain’s biggest public photo gallery is housed at the The Photographers’ Gallery, close to Oxford Circus. The gallery houses new and established artists, historical works and exhibitions. Naturally many of the works are focused on Britain, and this will allow you to find out more about British culture. Admission is free.
At the end of our very own Manchester Street, where British Study Centres is located, is Manchester Square where you can find the Wallace Collection. Literally 2 minutes’ from our school, this gallery is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain. Admission is free. The café is amazing- it has an excellent atmosphere and a spectacular glass roof. It’s only £12 for high tea, so make sure that you experience this English tradition.
Okay, it may not be as close as Baker Street or Oxford Street, but the school’s ideally located for getting to one of London’s most interesting and vibrant neighbourhoods- Camden Town! You can take the 274 bus from Baker Street and be in the centre of it all within 20 minutes’. Camden Town is famous for its street markets, canals, and unique shopping, in addition to great places to go out in the evening. There is a large and varied music scene, with several concerts and gigs every night of the week. While it is quite close to Baker Street, it feels completely different, and many people say it is a very ‘English’ part of central London. Camden Town is definitely on most people’s list of things to do!
After visiting Camden Town, why not take a trip to Edgware Road, London’s Middle Eastern quarter, which is just a short walk west of Baker Street? Here you can find a wide range of Middle Eastern food in the many restaurants which are located on this long and wide thoroughfare. The numbers of Lebanese, Iraqi and Iranian restaurants are only challenged by the number of shisha bars. The restaurants and cafés spill out onto the road, and it is very pleasant to sit here in summer and experience the atmosphere. Near one end of the street is Church Street market, which sells ethnic foods.
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