Love London Week

Fall 2017 Love London Program

The Love London Week was designed to give students the opportunity to explore and appreciate this wonderful city early on before they started exploring the rest of the UK and Europe. The structure of this week is laid out in such a way to take the students on a journey of exploration – visit London as a tourist in the first few days and experience the highlights of what it has to offer, then delve deeper into the city and learn more about the eccentricities, diverse neighborhoods and proximity of everything.

How to sign up:
Have a look at the events listed below. E-mail Stephen Halliday shallida@syr.edu with your picks. He will look at your choices to ensure there are no clashes and will e-mail you back to let you know if you have been successful in getting all of the tickets for walks, activities and events you’d like to attend. Be mindful that spaces are limited so the sooner you get in touch with Stephen regarding the activities you’d like to take part in, the better.

Once you’ve decided on your trips, you will need to pay for your place by Thursday, August 31st 5pm. Failure to do so means we will release your place and open up to the waiting list.

How to pay:
Please pay in exact cash during the week of your arrivals. You can pay Stephen Halliday or Nada Silman in SR 109 or you can find us at Academic Orientation in room OGS 103. The deadline, as mentioned above, is Thursday, August 31st by 5pm.

Once your decisions are made, these are final. If you end up not making payment, we will add the next person on the waiting list on, remove you and then red flag you on other trips. Being red flagged means we will not sign you up in advance ever again prior to payment which may lead to you missing first spots.


Friday, 01 September

Walking Tour of Historic Bloomsbury
Led by: Professor Richard Tames
Start time: 3pm
Price per person: £5.00
This walk will start thirty seconds from where Robert Frost once lived and a minute from where Sylvia Plath was married. Following the byways rather than the highways, we will encounter the former homes of Dickens and Darwin and the man who may have been the real James Bond, plus statues of Gandhi and Virginia Woolf, a perfectly preserved street straight out of Jane Austen, a mad king, the publisher of Harry Potter, the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s ‘1984’ – and several good places for lunch. Be sure to bring your imagination with you.

Open top Bus London
Start time: 5.15pm
Price per person: £5.00
Take a seat on the top deck of the bus and get ready to surround yourself with the intoxicating sights and sounds of London. This is a great introduction to all the best landmarks and attractions.


Saturday, 02 September

House of Parliament
Start time: 10am
Price per person: £10.00
This fully guided tour of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.

Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Start time: 10am
Price per person: £15.00
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, you will be able to explore the nineteen magnificent State Rooms, which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining.

House of Parliament
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: £10.00
This fully guided tour of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.

Premiership Rugby Double Header- Twickenham Stadium
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: £30.00
The London Double Header 2017 takes place at Twickenham Stadium. Prepare to see double as four of the Aviva Premiership’s biggest clubs go head to head in two mouth-watering games. Reigning European Champions, Saracens will take on Northampton Saints at 2.00pm, before newcomers London Irish take on Harlequins at 4.30pm.

Churchill War Rooms
Start time: 4pm
Price per person: £10.00
The underground headquarters of the British High Command served as the nerve center of Britain’s war effort during World War II. The secret WW2 bunker and museum tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy.

The London Eye
Start time: 6pm
Price per person: £20.00
The London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, it has become the modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon. The experience showcases breath-taking 360-degrees views of the capital and its famous landmarks.


Sunday, 03 September

Tower of London
Start time: 10am
Price per person: £20.00
The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. The ancient stones hold within them dark secrets, as fortified vaults shine with priceless jewels and historic uniformed Beefeaters stroll the grounds. Situated in Central London, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the city’s premier attractions.

Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Start time: 1.30pm
Price per person: £15.00
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, you will be able to explore the nineteen magnificent State Rooms, which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining.

Walking tour- From the Sky Garden to The Shard & visit
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: £15.00
On this walk, you will get to see some of London’s most iconic landmarks and modern architecture. This will finish with a visit to London’s highest and best view – The Shard.

Much Ado about Nothing
@ Shakespeare’s Globe
Start time: 6.30pm
Price per person: £5.00
First-class theatre in a lovingly recreated Elizabethan setting. Shakespeare’s classic tale of antagonistic romance and madcap humour explodes on to the Globe stage with a fusion of Latin music, desert flowers and revolutionary politics in this bold new production.


Monday, 04 September

The Phantom of the Opera
@ Her Majesty’s Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
Price per person: £20.00
Now in its 31st glorious year, The Phantom of the Opera continues to mesmerise and entrance audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber!

World Cup football England vs Slovakia- Wembley Stadium
Start time: 7.45pm
Price per person: £50.00
England continue their FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign at home to Slovakia. This game will staged at Wembley, England’s National stadium. Another such victory would be a big step toward Russia 2018.


 

Tuesday, 05 September

Les Miserables
@ The Queen’s Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
Price per person: £20.00
The immensely poignant London classic, Les Miserables London, is one of the most successful legendary productions by Cameron Mackintosh. Boubil and Schonberg’s spectacular show, Les Miserables celebrated its silver jubilee anniversary on October 2012 and is regarded as the longest running musical of the world.


Wednesday, 06 September

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
@ The Apollo Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
Price per person: £50.00
One of Tennessee Williams’s best known works and often cited as his personal favourite, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was premiered on Broadway in 1955. Sienna Miller and Jack O’ Connell star in a new production of Williams’ masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited season!


Thursday, 07 September

The Play That Goes Wrong
@ The Duchess Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
Price per person: £15.00
This is a two-hour explosion of physical comedy, malapropisms, and knockabout satire. Of all the most cherished exports of British popular culture, none comes with as much well-dressed murder and mayhem as the country house murder mystery.

The Woman in Black
@ The Fortune Theatre
Start time: 8pm
Price per person: £15.00
The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It gives audiences an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.



Friday, 08 September

City Cycle- Old Town Tour
Start time: 10.15am
Price per person: £10.00
Old Town Tour, focuses its attention on the east of the City, heading out towards the old docklands and back through London town. This carefully chosen route gives you a local’s knowledge of London’s power house.

Highlights:
Tate Modern Gallery
Shakespeare’s Globe
Borough Market
London Bridge
Tower Bridge
St Katherine’s Dock
Tobacco Dock
The Capt’n Kidd
Cable Street
City of London
Leadenhall Market
The Bank
St Paul’s Cathedral

Walking Tour- Fashion &  Shops – Mayfair
Start time: 10.30am
Price per person: £5.00
You will walk along some of the larger shopping streets and into the smaller quirky areas.  The walk will lead you along some of the best known shops in the world and into a street of designers where those in the know like to be seen shopping!  You will hear about couture designs and see where some of the designers who were a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, have their outlets. You will see where fashion blends with art in the world of window dressing and where shopping is the whole experience!

 

British Museum- Highlight Tour
Start time: 1pm
Price per person: £5.00
Highlights tour – Around the world in 90 minutes. Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon Sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the museum’s collection.

Wimbledon Guided Tour & Museum Visit
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: £5.00
From humble beginnings to the world’s most coveted title in tennis. The tour explores the story behind the first Championships and visits No. 1 Court, the Picnic Terraces (the famous hill), the Millennium Building including the press areas and the iconic Centre Court.


Saturday, 09 September

Canterbury Day Trip
Price per person: FREE / £5 deposit required
Sign ups for this event will open on the week of Arrivals. Please pay attention to any and all of our announcements regarding this.

Jill Curran Walking Tours- West London: Portobello Road Market
Start time: 10.30am
Price per person: FREE / £5 deposit required
Held on Portobello Road- which runs straight through the Notting Hill area- is home to one of the best loved street markets in London. Known for its second hand clothes and antiques, but is also a browsers paradise with shop after shop. The wide ranges of food options make any visitor split for choice.

Jill Curran Walking Tours- East London: Spitalfields, Brick lane & Shoreditch
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: FREE / £5 deposit required
A visit to London should now include a visit to the East End areas of Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Shoreditch.  These areas have transformed from being amongst the most run-down of London to becoming fashionable, exciting and vibrant, with a myriad of bars, restaurants, clubs and galleries, as well as independent and quirky shops.  These areas are a centre for street culture and street art.  This tour will focus on the dynamic street art scene as well as the historical and cultural aspects of the area.

Walking Tour- Soho: 350 years of sex, drugs & communism
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: £5.00
Soho has been London’s playground for more than two centuries, where poseurs, spivs, chancers, bohemians, cynics, drunks and wide boys have come to spend their money.  Explore the streets of Soho and discover the history of London’s louche and libertine party zone.


Sunday, 10 September

Tour of Kew Gardens
Led by: Professor Dennis Bury
Start time: 10.30am
Price per person: £10.00
Kew Gardens, called the Royal Botanic Gardens contain all the seeds there are in the world. It hosts many species of trees and plants, some in enormous greenhouses. The pleasant atmosphere of this historic side, provides a gentle escape from the social and academic pressure of travel abroad. Come and sample it for a few hours with professor Bury and his wife who will guide without overdoing the Botanical side.

Jill Curran Walking Tours- North London: Camden Town
Start time: 10.30am
Price per person: FREE / £5 deposit required
This walk combines the very best London has to offer, beautiful parks, busy markets, one of the most impressive views of the city, and the quaint little streets where famous writers, poets and revolutionaries made their homes. You’ll see the vibrant Camden market and the iconic surrounding neighborhood, famous for its music scene in the 70s (Pink Floyd, Cream), 90s (Oasis, Blur, Pulp) and present day (recently the home of tragic singer Amy Winehouse).

Jill Curran Walking Tours- South London: Brixton
Start time: 2pm
Price per person: FREE / £5 deposit required
Brixton is a lively place and a fascinating alternative to the regular sites of London. There are lots of interesting sides to Brixton from its social history, immigration and the arrival of the Afro-Caribbean community in the 1950s to the process of gentrification that is still underway and famous past residents like David Bowie.