9 Things to do this Weekend!
By uczlkrj, on 12 July 2019
As the second week draws to a close, you probably want to make the most of your time in London by experiencing as much of it as possible! Here are some ideas of what to do in between studying…
1. Day Trip to Oxford
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We highly recommend the day trip to Oxford this Saturday, which is also on our social programme. This trip includes a guided tour of the UK’s oldest university, established in 1167 when King Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Walk amongst the medieval architecture, and visit the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, Harry Potter film locations and university buildings.
2. Bob Dylan at Hyde Park
Go see Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Laura Marling play in Hyde Park tonight! If you see Rory, come and say hello!
3. Whitecross Street Party
If you want to avoid the commercial tourist traps of London and you’re looking for something a bit unusual, check out the combination of street art, music and interactive experiences at Whitecross Street Party this weekend. Expect comedians, musicians and spoken-word artists dotted throughout this eccentric extravaganza. It’s also wallet-friendly with tickets priced at exactly £0!
4. Borough Market
To fill a hole in your stomach and schedule, head to London’s oldest food market that’s existed since 1014 AD! Renowned for its quality, Borough Market is teeming with wild and wonderful variety. You can buy a traditional London dish of pie and mash from Pieminister, have the ultimate British roast dinner at the aptly named Roast, or eat more cheese than is medically advisable beside Kappacasein’s raclette. Fun fact: one time at the salami stalls, I found ostrich salami (hopefully that’s as close as I ever get to an ostrich).
5. Go to Europe
Book a Eurostar ticket to Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels and spend two nights on the continent!
6. Opera in Glyndebourne
You can watch Glyndebourne’s production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia without needing an expensive ticket, a Glyndebourne worthy outfit and the long train journey to the English countryside: Catch the live stream on Sunday! Embracing the opera’s commedia dell’arte origins, Annabel Arden’s production is suffused with Spanish colour and warmth. The performance will be live streamed in cinemas on Sunday July 14th and will be available on demand for 7 days.
7. Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is out to rouse each of your senses and everything in between in his kaleidoscopic interactive art exhibition at the Tate Modern. This interactive rainbow of an exhibition can be described seriously in terms of its thoughtful engagement with colour theory, interactivity and perception, or it can simply be enjoyed for its big colours and shiny shapes. Combine it with a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, a wobble on the Millennium Bridge, a glimpse of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shakespeare’s Globe and you’ve got yourself a classic London afternoon.
8. Watch the cricket on Sunday
Find a good pub to watch the cricket world cup final in on Sunday. Will England beat the Kiwi’s?
9. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Famous as the world’s largest open submission show, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is a treasure trove of art in all mediums, with a remarkable mixture of emerging artists and household names. You can even take a piece of it home with you as most works are for sale, which is how the Royal Academy funds free, world-class postgraduate tuition in the RA Schools. Open late on Fridays and Saturdays, exploring the exhibition followed by a glass of pimms or two in the courtyard on a balmy summer’s evening is a staple in my summer schedule.
We hope you’re enjoying your time at the UCL Summer School so far. We’d love to hear where you’ve visited or what you recommend in the comments!
From Rhod, Kimberly, Rory, Coral and Ken