Love London Week

Spring 2018 Love London Program

Love London 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 event is laid out in such a way to take the students on a journey of exploration – visit London as a tourist 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. During ‘Arrivals & Orientation’, you will be able to sign up to a maximum of four activities- free of charge! Please visit the Love London desk on Wednesday, January 17th in the auditorium between 2.30-5.30pm.  Be mindful that spaces are limited.

Please commit to the selections you have made. If you fail to attend an activity you have signed up for, you will be red flagged. Being red flagged means we will no longer be able to sign you up in advance on any further trips throughout the semester.

Friday, 19 January

Walking Tour-Historic Bloomsbury
Led by: Professor Richard Tames
Start time: 3pm
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: 6.45pm
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, 20 January

Westminster Abbey
Start time: 10am
Westminster Abbey occupies a unique place in the nation’s heart. It has hosted special occasions such as Coronations, Royal Weddings and Memorial Services for hundreds of years. Even in recent times it has played host to memorable and poignant moments such as: the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. Inside you will see the coronation chair & coronation theatre, multiple tombs (royals, artists eg. Dickens, scientists eg. Darwin & Newton), the tomb of unknown warrior (the oldest in the world) and of course spectacular Gothic architecture

Churchill War Rooms
Start time: 10.30am
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.

House of Parliament
Start time: 11am
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

Churchill War Rooms
Start time: 2pm
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.

House of Parliament
Start time: 2.40pm
This audio tour of the Houses of Parliament offers a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.

Antony & Cleopatra
@ The Barbican Centre
Start time 7.15pm
One of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, Antony & Cleopatra continues the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

Sunday, 21 January

Tower of London
Start time: 10am
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.

Kensington Palace- Princess Diana Exhibition
Start time: 11am
Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, in this major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Walking tour- The City Old & New + visit
Start time: 2pm
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.

Wembley Stadium Tour
Start time: 2:45pm
This fully guided experience features Wembley’s most exclusive, behind-the-scenes locations. Discover the secrets behind the United Kingdom’s largest and most prestigious sports stadium.

Monday, 22 January

Les Miserables
@ The Queen’s Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
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

Tuesday, 23 January

@ The Royal Opera House
Start time: 8pm
Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

Wednesday, 24 January

@ The National Theatre
Start time 7:30pm
Music. Power. Jealousy. Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s iconic play features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati reprise the roles of Mozart and Salieri.

Thursday, 25 January

The Play That Goes Wrong
@ The Duchess Theatre
Start time: 7.30pm
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
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, 26 January

Kew Gardens (half day trip)
Start time: 10.30am
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.

Windsor Castle (half day trip)
Start time: 10.30am
Factor in a short trip outside London to visit the impressive and historic Windsor Castle. Famous for its architecture and longstanding Royal place of residence, the Castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion. As well as having been used as a military headquarters during the Civil War and as a refuge for the royal family during WWII, Windsor Castle is now Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite weekend home.

Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture
@ The Tate Modern
Start time: 3.30pm
A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers.

The London Eye  
Start time : 4.15pm
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.

Saturday, 27 January

Walking Tour-Portobello Road Market
Start time: 10.30am
Exploring West. 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.

Walking Tour-Hampstead Heath
Start time 10.30am
Do you fancy a walk in a country village but don’t want to stray too far from the heart of the town? Well, here’s the perfect compromise. Although just a few miles away from the busy centre of London, Hampstead is unique in appearance, ambiance and history, and to explore its cobbled lanes, to gaze upon its picturesque residences, or to take in the jaw-dropping vistas afforded by its breezy heights, are experiences devoutly to be wished.

Walking Tour-Soho: 350 years of sex, drugs & communism
Start time 2pm
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.

Walking tour-Spitalfields, Brick lane & Shoreditch
Start time 2.30pm
Exploring East. A visit to London should 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.

Sunday, 28 January

Walking Tour- Camden Town
Start time: 10.30am
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).

Walking Tour-Hidden spaces
Start time: 10:30am
Off the beaten track areas of The City including bombed out churches, pocket gardens, medieval lanes, tucked away churches, Roman remains, old courtyards as well as incorporating some of the unmissable sights.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
@ V&A
Start time: 2.15pm
This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.

Walking Tours-Brixton
Start time: 2.30pm
Exploring South. 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.