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LIFE in London

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What do you think about when you think about London? Is it Samuel Johnson saying “who’s tired of London is tired of life”, or Joe Strummer singing “London calling at the top of the dial/ And after all this, won't you give me a smile”, or do you picture yourself as Hugh Grant on one of his walkabouts in About a Boy?

Where is your favourite spot? A cosy bookshop in Soho? Fabric on a Friday night? Or maybe Tate Modern’s new terrace?

What do you do to unwind in this big city? Run along Regent’s Canal? Treat yourself to a nice meal in Exmouth Market? Or visit a small museum off the beaten path?

Regardless of what your answer to the questions above might be, LIFE in London is a series of workshops, events and talks designed to inspire you to make the most of your experience in this unique city.

The programme will officially launch in week 7 of Michaelmas Term with an insider guide to some of London’s hidden secrets, walks through the city and the chance to win tickets for plays and gigs. After that there will be group visits to museums and exhibitions, sessions dedicated to finding ways to volunteer and kick-start your career in London, workshops designed to inspire you to maximize your talents while living in this vibrant place, and plenty more.

Browsing through the countless exhibitions, plays, concerts and festivals happening in London on a daily basis can be daunting, but maybe we can show you a trick or two to find more information about events that are right for you (and also watch out for LSE LIFE’s weekly calendar, where you’ll be able to see some of the coolest events on offer every week).

No sane person could ever claim to be able to tell you everything there is to know about London, but coming along to a LIFE in London event is a great way to meet other people, get to know your (new?) city a little better and help you figure out how you can be part of this city!

LIFE in London: an insider's guide
Monday 6th November, 3:30pm

So you have now been living in London for a while (weeks, months, or maybe all your life!), but how well do you know the city? Come along to this workshop to find out more what London has to offer to people studying here, get a few tips on making your money go further when booking concerts, theatre or cinema tickets and discuss with other students how to make the most of London (and possibly share a couple of your own tricks).

With LSE LIFE’s Gemma Stansfield and Gio Graglia, this event will include a treasure hunt and the chance to test your London knowledge (and did we mention that there will be prizes to be won?). Come and join us! 

LIFE in London: Sightseeing Walk
Wednesday 8th November, 3pm

One of the best ways to see a city is on foot. Join us on Wednesday afternoon for a walk. Starting at LSE, we’ll take in the sights of St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and the South Bank, before stopping for a drink at the end! Sign up on to come along. Maximum 20 places, meet in LSE LIFE workspace 1. Remember to wear comfortable shoes! The walk will take about an hour, followed by a drink at the end.

LIFE in London: Ice Skating at Somerset House
Wednesday 15th November, 2:30pm

Enjoy the perfect winter afternoon ice-skating at Somerset House with LSE LIFE. Located near LSE, Somerset House boasts one of London's best ice-rinks set in a beautiful 18th century courtyard. All welcome, whether you're a beginner or an experienced skater! Meeting place is LSE LIFE workspace 1 at 2.30pm then a 10 minute walk to the venue.

LIFE in London: Group Visit to the Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday 22nd November, 11:45am

The Courtauld Institute of Art isn’t just one of the world’s best institutions for the study of the history of art and conservation, it is also home to an incredible art gallery in Somerset House, one of London’s most iconic buildings. Come with us on this lunchtime escapade to look at the works of Modigliani, Manet, Van Gogh, Gaugin and countless others.

To have an idea of what to expect, have a look at the gallery’s website 

The event will include free entry to the gallery (standard student tickets would otherwise cost £5) and a guided tour.

LIFE in London: Knit for neighbours in need
Wednesday 29th November, 3pm

Whether you've never knit a stitch or you're an accomplished knitter, come along to a sociable knitting event and make something for those who need help staying warm in winter. In collaboration with the LSE Volunteer centre, knit a scarf to donate to Crisis at Christmas London, supporting those facing homelessness; or knit snuggle blanket squares for rescue animals in Battersea Dogs and Cats home. All materials provided (but if you do have your own knitting needles please bring them). All levels welcome, we have teachers on hand to help beginners. Chatting, knitting and tea drinking.