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Things to do in London for international students

Many of our students like to visit London as part of their Homelingua English homestay. The Homelingua staff also like to visit London and our office is based in Greenwich, South-East London. Homelingua’s Teacher Recruitment Manager recently went to London for the day. Here are his favourite things to do in London.

Borough Market

Borough market is located on the South Bank just near to London Bridge Underground Station. Borough Market is a very exciting and historical destination for food lovers. Our students often come to England with a negative opinion of British food and leave realising there is much more to British food than just fish and chips.

There has been a food market in Borough since 1014. The market has continued to expand over the centuries and now has over 100 stalls, selling food from from all around the world. As part of her visit to Borough market Theresa visited her friend Jill who sells her own homemade jams at the market. Jill’s stall is called Jill’s Natural Preserves and is located at stand 47. Other stalls that sell great British food and produce are: Sillfield Farm, Pieminister,Gorwydd Caerphilly and Sussex Fish.


The Banqueting House

The Banqueting House is a magnificent building located in Whitehall and is part of the Historic Royal Palaces in London and is the only surviving part of the Whitehall Palace in London. The Whitehall Palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. The Banqueting House was built to provide entertainment for James I and Charles I.

The building was designed by the architect, Inigo Jones at the command of King James I in 1619. In 1649, King Charles I commissioned the great Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens, to paint the pictures for the ceiling. The paintings were brought to London from Antwerp (Belgium) and installed in position.

The most famous event to happen at the Banqueting House was the execution of Charles I in 1649 at the end of the English Civil War.


Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe opened in 1997 and is a reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre that was built in 1599 and associated with William Shakespeare. The reconstruction was initiated by the American actor, director and producer Sam Wanamaker. Shakepeare’s Globe is dedicated to celebrating the life and work of William Shakespeare, you can take a tour, watch a play or visit one of the special exhibitions. This spring the Shakespeare’s Globe will be showing three of Shakespeare’s most magical plays: The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.


Bucksmore Homelingua has many excellent teachers based in London. View our London location page to see London teacher profiles.

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