London is one the world’s great metropolises. It’s got it all; art, music, architecture, history, shopping, sport, museums, education, royalty, business, fashion, food, parks and gardens and palaces. It’s even got a Queen. London is the heartbeat of the Anglo-Saxon world. It’s the home of the English language and a fabulous place to study and experience a truly mega city that’s pumps—full of people and ideas—24 hours a day.
We work with several schools in London. Have a look at the school profiles below. If you are not sure which London school suits you, we’ll be more than happy to help you choose. We can place you right in the city centre or 15 minutes from the crowds in a lovely green area. Do you want to be in a school where the student age is 21, 30 or 45? Just tell us what you want and we’ll find the right school for you.
So, what can we say about London? It’s posh and poor, Beckham and Bowie, punk and post–modern. London is big and dense. It has a population of almost 9 million people. The Tube (underground train) is the best way to travel the city. You can travel relatively cheaply with an Oyster Card . The Tube map (view or download ) is your ‘London bible’. After a week in London you will know the Tube map as well as you know your best friend.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford,”Samuel Johnson.
There’s no such thing as boredom in London. There’s too much to do and see. The best guide for music and arts, food and clubbing is Time Out London . With the Tube map and Time Out London in hand, you can discover London with NO stress.
Here’s are some of our favourite things we like to do in London:
- Go and see a comedy musical. Brilliant! You can often find cheaper tickets on lastminute.com
- The Natural History Museum . Awesome! Check out the animatronic dinosaurs
- The Tate Modern – one of the great contemporary art galleries of the world.
- Wander down Brick Lane , check out the markets and have breakfast at Cereal Killers Café
- Walk through Hyde Park and listen to the soapbox speakers at Speakers’ Corner every Sunday afternoon
- Shop until you drop: Oxford Street , Regent Street , Bond Street , Kensington High Street , Kings Road
- Spitalfields market – cool, funky, alternative.
- Harrods Department Store - see how the posh live
- Visit the Tower of London
- Have a curry or two or three – the best curries outside India and Pakistan
- Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum
- Visit the Peter Harrison Planetarium in Greenwich Park
- Camden Street Market has got absolutely everything
- Watch a cricket match at Lord’s (if you can keep your eyes open)
- Get some tickets to see Arsenal play at home against Manchester United
- Visit Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
- Check out Portobello Road Market and Notting Hill
- Go to Petticoat Lane Market
English and exams
Yes, it’s that Wimbledon; Roger Federer’s favourite place in the world. Wimbledon is where the most prestigious tennis grand slam takes place. It’s just 20 minutes from the heart of London with easy tube/underground connections. Wimbledon is one of London’s most comfortable areas. It is extremely safe and has excellent facilities – shopping, cinema, theatre, cafes, restaurants and sports.
The best tennis tournament and the best school. Read on.
Wimbledon School of English (WSE)
Wimbledon School of English is currently ranked as the number one English language school in the UK out of 570 British Council accredited organisations. Established in 1964, WSE is one of the oldest schools in the UK and are in a lovely building with a large garden in a great London location, only 20 minutes from Central London. WSE offers serious study with experienced, highly qualified teachers and a wide choice of courses including IELTS Preparation, Cambridge English Exam Preparation, Legal English, Medical English, Business & Professional English, Parent & Child, 30+ & 40+ courses. It also runs two residential summer camps for juniors at lovely English boarding schools in the beautiful British countryside. WSE is a Test Centre for the IELTS, Trinity, Pearson, Cambridge & OET exams, and several teachers are also IELTS examiners.
Wimbledon School of English has excellent accommodation located near the school, including homestay and shared student houses.
- Homestay: Staying in a homestay is a great way to practice your English and experience a new way of life. Around 40% of homestay accommodation is within walking distance. There are four different types of homestay options to choose from. It has over 250 host families.
- Student residences: Staying in a residence is a great way to make new friends with other students whilst keeping some independence. WSE has three different types of residence options, plus a female-only hostel and a selection of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts that it can recommend.
- General English Courses – 8 Levels from Beginners to Proficiency
- Cambridge English exam preparation: FCE, CAE and CPE
- IELTS Exam Preparation: Pre-Sessional, Pre-Sessional Express and Academic Express
- Business English
- Medical English
- Legal English with TOLES
- 30+ & 40+ English language courses
- OET Preparation Courses
- Academic Year Programme
- Family Holiday Course (Summer only)
- English with Football (Summer only)
- Junior Summer Centre Programmes
- Junior Young Leadership Course and University Preparation
- Junior B2 First Exam Preparation
- Standard, Intensive, Part-Time and Evening Courses
Our lively sports and social programme includes a large number of free activities.
- Activities every day and evening of the week, including weekends and public holidays
- Theatre trips
- Cultural tours of London
- Museums, galleries, markets and exhibitions
- Sports – tennis, football, squash and badminton, volleyball, beach volleyball, Running Club, Table Tennis, Bowling
- International party nights and talent shows
- Pub nights and pub tours
- Charity/fundraising events e.g. Easter Egg hunts, quizzes, cake and bake sales
- Excursions to Scotland, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor, Stratford, River Cruises, Isle of Wight
- Scottish dancing and Salsa
- Max class size: 14 students
- Average class size: around 10 students
- Average Age: 26
- Minimum Age: 16+.
- General English Program – 24 lessons per week / 20 hours per week
- Lessons are 50 minutes long
- 25 classrooms with smart technology, 9 of those looking out onto our beautiful garden
- Large, beautifully British garden
- Computer suite, Study Centre, Reading library, film library, large student lounge and coffee bar
- Free magazines and newspapers, coffee machine, piano, microwaves, table tennis and free wifi
- Student lockers
An internship programme ideal for EU, EEA and Swiss national students and young people aged between 18 and 32 who would like to take an unpaid work placement after their English language course and gain valuable work experience in their chosen profession or sector.
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WSE is situated in one of London’s most beautiful areas. Wimbledon has plenty to offer – a large shopping centre, one of London’s largest cinemas, two theatres, sports and fitness clubs, nightclubs and over 100 cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants. Wimbledon Village is also a short walk away and is one of London’s traditional villages, dating back to the 11th century. Here you can find a large common (park), a lake perfect for horseriding, jogging, walks and a round of golf. It has designer shops and high-class restaurants, traditional country pubs and typical English houses and cottages. And, of course, it is the home of the famous All England Lawn Tennis Club which brings the top names in tennis to London every summer. Maybe you will see Roger or Stan there.