Summer in London
During the Warwick Summer School, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore London and the local area. St Mary’s University has all the advantages of a great London location along with the peace of a beautiful self-contained campus in the safe, leafy suburb of Strawberry Hill. Getting around is very simple – there are regular buses and trains that can take you in every direction.
You can take a 15 minute train to Kingston or Richmond where you will find plenty of convenient local amenities right on your doorstep. The high streets of Teddington and Twickenham are also just a 20 minute walk from campus and offer a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs.
The Local Area: Highlights
- The riverside - a popular attraction, particularly in the summer. A variety of lively bars, restaurants and traditional pubs line the riverfront.
- The Rose Theatre and several museums and art galleries
- The Bentall Centre – a large shopping centre for anyone who wants to do some shopping!
- Richmond Park - one of the most celebrated Royal parks in London, known for its wildlife, listed buildings and spectacular scenery
- Shopping – Richmond offers a variety of boutique and high street stores
- Bushy Park, the second largest of the Royal Parks of London after nearby Richmond Park. Take a stroll and see herds of red deer and fallow deer roaming freely.
- Hampton Court Palace – a magnificent Royal Palace open to visitors
- Twickenham Stadium, the home of the Rugby Union. Seating 82,000, it is the fifth largest stadium in Europe and hosts the Six Nations matches and the Rugby World Cup.
- Marble Hill Park in East Twickenham is a charming local park and the setting of Marble Hill House, a Venetian villa built for a mistress of George II and now a local landmark.
- Twickenham has a thriving local music scene and a fantastic musical heritage. In the 1960's it was the area where R&B became famous and many young talents rose to fame including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. Check out the Eel Pie Club.
If heading into central London is on your list of things to do in your spare time during the summer school - July is a great time of year to take advantage of the best that London has to offer:
- Unique bars and views: Many London pubs have unique outdoor spaces to discover. Beer gardens and rooftops are a great way to enjoy views and London vibes over a drink or bite to eat.
- Street markets: Grab your wallet on a Sunday morning and explore Brick Lane, Portobello Road, Borough Market, Columbia Road and much more!
- Outdoor Cinema: Take a picnic and enjoy some classic films under the stars at one of the Rooftop Film Club's venues.
- Food: pop-up food stalls, restaurants and bars set up all over London in the summer. If it’s a traditional afternoon tea or a top cheap eat your looking for – London has an endless selection of great options to choose from.
- Parks and Gardens: There is a large selection of beautiful gardens to visit during the summer months in London – with a total of 8 Royal Parks throughout the city.
Other sights and attractions in central London include:
Alternative things to do in London
If you're looking for something alternative to do whilst in London, why not try a City Bike Tour or a London Underground and Tube Tour? There are plenty of unique opportunities that London has to offer.