Virtual ways to enjoy London this spring
London has long been one of the world’s most visited cities, and whilst it is hard to see its many attractions and events in person right now, there are still many ways to enjoy the city virtually this spring.
If you are planning on studying with us in person in the UK, the suggestions below will serve as a taster for what you can hopefully enjoy first-hand very soon!
1. Go on a stroll through Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, and through its virtual hub you can explore an arboretum nursery, visit an urban rainforest and wander along an American prairie!
2. Enjoy the spectacular view from The Shard
Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard offers breath-taking views of the city which, which you can enjoy via this 24-hour time lapse video.
3. Explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, dating back over 400 years. Home to royals for centuries, it was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. You can walk in her footsteps through the rooms she grew up in as well as get all the details about young princess’ first morning as Queen below from one of Kensington Palace’s curators.
4. Watch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe
Located on the bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe is undoubtedly one of London’s most popular and iconic theatres and cultural landmarks, and offers a wide range of productions with world-renowned actors. You can see plenty of free content on the Globe’s online platform, Globe Player, which also offers recordings of its productions for a small fee.
5. Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament
More than just the hub of British politics, the Houses of Parliament boasts spectacular Victorian Gothic architecture and is a landmark of world-renown. You can explore it all on this 360 degree virtual tour.
6. Enjoy a walking tour of the city
Despite the pandemic and its associated restrictions, it is still possible to take walking tours of London, and with the added benefit of no aching feet afterwards!
There are many tours still being offered, including the following :
7. See online exhibitions at London’s top museums and galleries
Most of London’s many world-class museums and galleries are offering virtual tours and online exhibitions whilst they remain closed for in-person visits.
For example, the Natural History museum offers you the chance to take a virtual self-guided tour of various galleries, and even to spend time talking to the museum’s Nature Live Online team twice a week. Through Google Arts & Culture you can also take a 360° virtual tour of the ' Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature' exhibition and explore highlights, stories and games galore.
Also through Google Arts and Culture, the British Museum is offering a virtual tour of hundreds of its fascinating artefacts.
Top galleries to be showing content online include The Courtauld Gallery, whose impressive collection includes Van Gough’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère — available to view via a virtual self-guided tour.
Offering something a bit different from the normal type of virtual tour, the Royal Academy’s virtual tour of their Picasso and Paper exhibition is a detailed 40-minute video of the famous artist’s amazing works.
8. Watch a film set in the city
As anyone who takes the virtual film-based walking tour will no doubt see, London has been the backdrop for thousands of TV shows and films over the decades. Watching some of them will give you a glimpse of some of its most famous sights and sounds, and whet your appetite even further for visiting or studying in this iconic city when the pandemic is over.