Things to do in London

Come visit one of the most historical, diverse and creative cities in the world. Numerous museums, libraries and art galleries sit in the heart of London but many can be found in the suburbs too. Wherever you choose to stay, there'll be attractions that are either a short walk or bus journey away.

London is a lively, fashionable city where things happen and often leads the way in art, music and fashion. Here's just a taste of what's on offer...

Galleries

The Tate Modern hosts major exhibitions of contemporary art as do the Saatchi, Hayward and Whitechapel galleries. There are also private galleries, often free to visit, and photography galleries that welcome visitors. The University of Westminster has opened its own gallery – London Gallery West – and regularly has exhibitions at both Harrow and Regent campuses.

Bars, pubs and clubs

London is well known for its varied night life with everything from underground clubs to late night jazz and retro burlesque. Events like these are dotted all over the city but for a safe bet head east to Shoreditch to pay a visit to one of many unique bars, north to Angel for late night pubs that have a trendy yet traditional feel or if you reside in the south, head to Clapham for its wide selection of pubs on the common and clubs on the high street. As London is one of the main art and music capitals there are always new events and club nights popping up – there'll always be something new to experience.

Music

Big pop, rock and dance outfits always play in London, but there are many more underground, experimental, classical, world and jazz events to be explored as well. You can't fail to be impressed by the musical vibrancy of contemporary London; it is after all home to some of the most famous acts in the world.

Film

The National Film Theatre, the BFI, Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and smaller cinemas such as the Prince Charles Cinema and the Curzon offer a wide range of independent UK and world cinema.

The University of Westminster itself runs many film clubs, hosting events with leading film-makers. We recently completed a restoration of the Regent Street Cinema, which is now open. Films are posted two months in advance and the venue is also available for private hire.

Theatre

There's always an array of theatre productions to be seen in London, from popular all singing all dancing shows like Dirty Dancing and The Lion King to more understated, independent plays. If you’re a budding thespian, lover of literature or culture seeker head to the Southbank – home to Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre – to be enthralled and inspired.

Exercise

As well as being good for you, walking is a brilliant way to get to know London. Many of our campuses are close to green spaces and royal parks as well as to major sporting venues. If you're sporty yourself, check out our world-class pitches and other sports facilities at our Chiswick Sports Ground on the River Thames. The historic boathouse on the river marks the podium point for the finish of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Or if you feel like a work-out, why not make use of our gym at 309 Regent Street? Regent Gym offers temporary gym membership at great rates.

Fashion and shopping

As well as being home to designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, London is famous for its markets: Petticoat Lane for cheap street fashion, Columbia Road for flowers, Portobello Road for second-hand and vintage clothes, and Dalston and Brixton for exotic fruit and vegetables.

Restaurants

Most world cuisines can be found in London at prices to suit everyone. And with fashions in food constantly evolving, there's always something new to try. Areas best for eating out include Soho, a maze full of late night restaurants, and Covent Garden, which is known for its alfresco dining.