Thursday, June 3, 2010

Welcome to London!

So you've made it across the pond, congrats! You are at the very beginning of an exciting month abroad full of all things British. Your new home is King's College, located just a few steps from Waterloo tube station (pretty much the hub for traveling anywhere within London and beyond) and the River Thames. Across Waterloo Bridge is the main building of King's College, Somerset House. The Somerset House is a major arts and cultural center in London, so be sure to check out their July events to see what concerts, movies, and other events will be taking place during our summer trip (a Corinne Bailey Rae concert and a Kill Bill Vol. 1/Enter the Dragon double feature are among the lineup). We'll be doing a Neighborhood Walk pretty soon after you've settled into your dorms and that will introduce you to your neighborhood grocery store, bakery, pub, and some more interesting sites such as the Old Vic, National Theatre, Globe Theatre, and the South Bank of Thames. You can also check out the stops on the neighborhood walk on the Neighborhood Walk Google Map.

You can learn more about King's College here, but to briefly summarize: its considered one of the top 25 universities in the world and was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. Read more about its founding including a the Duke's famous duel here: History of King's College. King's College boasts an impressive history of staff and students including 9 Nobel Prize winners, John Keats and Florence Nightingale, among others notables.

Take a virtual tour of King's College and look down the Waterloo Bridge (connects the Strand and Waterloo campuses of King's College- we are staying at the Waterloo campus), check out the King's College Maughan Library, and even take a peek into a dorm room by clicking on "King's Accommodations." Be sure to select "Stamford Street" from the bottom menu and then choose "Bedroom."
Are you a fan of the royal family? Check out the official website of the British Monarchy. You can even sign up for the British Monarchy Twitter! Want to learn more about the palaces? Check out the Historic Royal Palaces.

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