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.
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.