Exploring London

Tower of London Poppies

London can be an exciting and scary place for those who have never lived here before. There are many things to do and your first year of uni, Freshers in particular, can be the best time to familiarise yourself so you know what you’re doing for the rest of your time studying at Greenwich.

By: Lucy Weller

Greenwich
The best place to start is Greenwich as it is the easiest to find since you’re already there! The Maritime Campus itself has some interesting places that are worth a visit if you haven’t seen them already such as the Painted Hall and the Chapel which are both free to enter. Just across the road from the campus is the Maritime Museum which can be interesting for any student who is interested in the history of the British Empire. Greenwich Park is a great place to go in the summer and it may be a nice place to take some books and revise for exams. If you walk to the top of the hill there is a beautiful view of maritime Greenwich.
Museums and Art Galleries
There are many museums and art galleries across London most of which are free to enter and easy to get to via public transport. There are places to suit every interest such as the V&A which has a great exhibit on fashion, the Natural History museum for those who want a more interactive experience or the Tate Modern where there is always something extraordinary on show. There are always different temporary exhibitions out on at the museums and galleries, which you do have to pay to get into, but there is usually a discount if you have your student card.
Prime Locations
Even though as a student you may not actually be able to afford anything in there, Harrods is an exciting place to visit. It has souvenirs; food and high fashion set over several floors and as it gets nearer will become a winter wonderland for Christmas. As it is 100 years since the beginning of the First World War the Tower of London has transformed itself to remember this. It is surrounded with ceramic poppies with more being added in the lead up to the 11th of November. This is definitely worth going to see, perhaps more than once as it will look more impressive as time goes on and more poppies are added. Just make sure you go before the 11th of November!