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70% top 500 global companies based in the City

£4.1 trillion in funds managed

95% of the world’s metal trading

46% of the world’s derivative turnover

37% of global foreign exchange market

100% of leading financial institutions represented

London is more than simply an address. It is your bustling, busy and cosmopolitan classroom, offering a wealth of cultural, social and educational opportunities. As a school, we draw strength and energy from its diversity, and echo it in our classrooms, where the best business m During your studies, you benefit from being at the centre of one of the world’s leading business centres, with over 700 of the world’s top businesses working right on your doorstep. We encourage you to make the most of our networks and connections, and gain a unique perspective into some of the world’s most successful and innovative organisations from around the globe meet.

Attend major networking events across the globe, hear first-hand experiences from major business thinkers, attend large-scale, media-friendly events such as our Global Leadership Summit, or sign-up to one of the many student clubs that ensures your learning never stops.

London offers:

  • 240+ museums and galleries,
  • 180+ theatres,
  • 155 public parks,
  • 60+ Michelin starred restaurants

Museums and galleries

London is packed with museums and galleries and most of them are free to visit. These treasure troves have everything from classical masterpieces like Turner’s landscapes and Rembrandt’s portraits at the National Galleryto contemporary works of art at the Tate Modern, a huge former power station overlooking the Thames.

Along Exhibition Road near Hyde Park you’ll find London’s best-loved museums – the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and theVictoria and Albert Museum. You’ll always find thrilling new exhibitions here on topics ranging from photography to fashion and anthropology. Not all the museums are clustered around London’s centre. Travel out and you can explore London’s maritime heritage at the Museum of London Docklands in Canary Wharf, or see the famous Cutty Sark ship moored at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Theatres

There’s a thriving culture of performing arts in London, from the glittering West End, where famous actors star in big budget musicals and plays to experimental Fringe theatre. You can even watch one of Shakespeare’s plays near the very same spot they were originally performed hundreds of years ago at The Globe, a reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse along the River Thames.

As well as a wealth of theatre, London attracts acclaimed international dance and opera talent. Some internationally renowned companies perform regularly at:

Parks

London is one of the leafiest capitals in the world and green spaces cover 40% of the city. As well as London’s courtyard and garden squares, you’ll find huge parks right at the heart of the city.

Head to Hyde Park, which used to be a hunting ground for the Tudor monarchs. Sit in one of the striped deck chairs in Regent’s Park, where you’ll also find 720 species of animal at London Zoo. Further from the centre you can swim in the famous open air bathing ponds of Hampstead Heath or spot the roaming, wild deer in Richmond Park.

Restaurants

There’s far more to London’s dynamic food scene than roast beef and fish and chips. You’ll find every cuisine under the sun here, from the curry houses along Brick Lane to Chinese restaurants in Soho’s Chinatown. As well as traditional British pubs, the city has street food from all over the world, exciting pop up restaurants and bustling food markets. For the best local and seasonal food, visit Borough Market, which has been trading since the 13th century.

There’s also a cluster of Michelin star restaurants in London. Two of these,The Ledbury and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, were voted in the top ten at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 awards.

World Heritage sites

London is a unique city that blends the modern with the historic and takes pride in its rich cultural heritage. As well as recognisable sights like St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard, the city is home to four world heritage sites:

  • Kew Gardens – the world’s most famous botanic garden that pioneers the use of science-based plant conservation.
  • Westminster – the UK’s political hub where you can see Big Ben, London’s most iconic clock.
  • The Tower of London – a former prison where monarchs and rebels were executed that’s now home to the Royal Family’s crown jewels.
  • Greenwich – the only place in the world that you can stand at longitude 0º on the Meridian Line.
  • A place to push, dare and challenge yourself
  • London Business School brings together ambitious and engaged people from around the world in a stimulating, challenging and multicultural learning environment.
  • We give you the opportunity to hone your skills, deepen your knowledge and refine your learning in a supportive, communal setting, where practical, real-world experiences and academic study go hand in hand.Whether that means traveling to an international business location to understand a new culture, or visiting a Formula One team to understand the true nature of team work, we give you the experiences and the knowledge to fulfil your potential.

Moving to London

Prepare for life in one of the world’s most exciting cities

London is a bustling, energetic and cosmopolitan city that offers a wealth of cultural, social and educational opportunities. Learning to live, study and work in a thriving business capital such as London is exciting. Here is a useful guide to help you settle into London life. Click here to find out more about the London experience.
Below is some practical information about living and studying in London. We have provided information on some of the most important aspects of living in London.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides useful information for international students.

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on your area of choice and type of accommodation. The London rents map shows average rents for different types of accommodation across London.
There are a number of ways to find accommodation in London:

Property search websites:

http://www.unite-students.com/london

https://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/
http://zoopla.co.uk
http://www.loot.com/property
http://www.accommodationlondon.net/ 
http://www.primelocation.com/uk-property-to-rent/
https://www.spareroom.co.uk

Banking

In order to open a bank account in the UK, you will normally be required to visit the bank in person. Opening an account can take up to 7-10 days. As a result, students are strongly advised to have sufficient funds at the beginning of the term to cover the first few weeks of their stay in the UK.

There are a few major high street banks to choose from, many with branches that are conveniently located near the London Business School campus.

Document checklist
Copies of original bank statements for at least the past three months. Internet and ATM printouts may not be accepted by some banks. Where possible ask for these to be printed on your bank’s headed paper.

Evidence of earnings: e.g. salary slips, a letter from your employer. Documents not in English must be translated by an official translator.

Proof of your current and permanent address.

Passport-sized photos.

Accommodation references – more than 2 copies would be ideal.

Healthcare

The UK has a healthcare service called the National Health Service (NHS). Hospital treatment and consultations with a doctor are free but you will usually have to pay towards the cost of a prescription. International students enrolled in a course lasting more than 6 months and their spouses and/or children (under the age of 16, or 19 if in further education) if living permanently with you, will also be entitled to the same NHS treatment as people who are ordinarily resident in the UK.

After you have found a permanent place to live, you should register with a doctor closer to your home. In order to register, you’ll need a letter from your programme office confirming that you are a full-time student and verifying your London address.

Emergencies

In the event of an accident, you should telephone 999, the number for all UK emergency services that require immediate assistance. If you are registered with the NHS, accident and emergency services are free.

Mobile phones

There are three types of mobile phone options available: Contract, Pay As You Go and SIM Only contracts.

Contract phones require a monthly payment and provide you with a plan of minutes, text messages and data. For a contract phone, there is likely to be a credit check so individuals will need a bank account and a letter from the School stating that they are enrolled and verifying their UK address.

Pay as you go works on a credit system, so you’ll have to top up your phone credit as and when you need it. Pay As You Go can be a temporary option for those who do not have UK credit history or a bank account.

Transport

London is a large, busy city with a strong transportation network that covers every corner of the city. Transport for London is responsible for the underground, buses, overground trains and a cycle scheme offering a variety of options for getting around. The Oyster Card is an essential item for travelling around London. It is an electronic ticket that works on the underground system and buses as well as some overground train routes.

Trains and the Tube

London has an extensive, well-connected rail network of overground and underground trains. The London Underground (also known as the Tube) is one of the best ways to get around the city, particularly on longer journeys, although it’s worth noting that most services stop running on week nights around midnight. The network is divided into 6 travel zones from Central London (Zone 1, where London Business School is situated) to Heathrow Airport which is located in Zone 6.

Each line is colour coded, which makes finding your way around a lot easier.

https://tfl.gov.uk/maps

https://citymapper.com/london

Buses

Buses can also be a quick and efficient way of travelling around London and there are night buses that operate on certain routes outside of normal daytime service hours. Rush hour traffic (between 08:00 and 9:30 and 16:30 and 18:30) can slow things down significantly.
Taxis

The most common form of taxis in central London are ‘Black Cabs’, which can take up to 5 or 6 passengers. You can hail a Black Cab on the street or go to a taxi rank. Tipping is optional.

Bicycles

Cycling is a popular method of transport for lots of London commuters and London now has a city-wide cycle hire scheme available. There are ranks of these rentable bikes across the city and you can Find out more about where to find them and prices at the Cycle Hire scheme website.

Whatever your interests, London is a great place to be.

 

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