An Insider's Guide to Studying Abroad in London

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Delaney Pepper
September 12, 2021
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Hi there, I'm Delaney! In Spring 2018, I studied abroad with IES Abroad London. It was an incredible experience, and one that I think about constantly—I now work for IES Abroad, which I'm sure has a lot to do with keeping study abroad top of mind! 

Every semester, I get so excited to see new students embarking on their own journeys to explore London, and I thought that I would share some of my best recommendations for, well, anything I could think of that might be helpful 😄 

Once you're on the ground, you'll be able to start exploring and get a sense of the pace of life in London as well as your own favorite spots. I think overall, the most important pieces of advice I would give to any student considering going abroad are:

  • Be super open-minded and challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone.
  • If you ever feel homesick or just get drained from all your new surroundings, it's okay to take a step back and relax! Netflix UK will keep you company. 
  • Definitely bring some good walking shoes.
  • Bring a nice jacket (or two!) because you'll be wearing it in most of your photos.

I feel like I could go on forever, but I'll stop myself here. The best part about London is that it has endless things to discover, so you'll never be bored! The IES Abroad London staff are incredible and ready to support you in whatever way you need while you're abroad. I know you are going to have an amazing time and so many unforgettable experiences 😍

My Favorite Places

  • The British Museum: There is so much to see here! Pro-tip: I think the audio guide is overrated. Sorry not sorry!
  • Brick Lane Beigel: This place is conveniently open 24-hours, which is great for any time you need a snack. Also, I know this is very American of me, but: the McDonalds in London are always there when you need them and they're  way better than in the United States—just saying.
  • Covent Garden: This is a really cute open-air market and shopping area, and there are always a ton of street performers nearby, which is fun!
  • Camden Market: There are so many incredible food markets in London, and you should go to them all! Camden was definitely my favorite, though. It's where I got all my souvenirs!
  • O'Connor's: This is where all the study abroad kids went out regularly when I was abroad. Also, a lot of people went to Ballie Ballerson at least once to get some sweet pictures for IG—it's a cocktail lounge that is also a ball pit. 

Dining and Shopping 

  • Chinatown: All of Chinatown is cool, but I usually went to get Bubblewrap: it's a waffle filled with gelato and it is sooooo good.
  • Pret A Manger: People might roll their eyes at a chain location, but there are Prets everywhere which makes it really convenient to get something quickly, and the food is actually pretty good.
  • Tesco's or Sainsbury's: These are the main grocery stores in London, and it's where I did all my shopping. Pro tip: bring a reusable shopping bag! Also, I really loved trying all the different foods they have. I got addicted to the Thai Sweet Chili Walkers potato crisps while I was there. 
  • Boots: This is the London version of Walgreens or CVS! 
  • Primark: This is where everyone bought things they forgot to pack or didn't want to bring over, like blankets, clothes, shoes, or anything else you could think of.
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