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Living in London
It would be limiting to define London as just the capital city of UK, as it became the neuralgic centre of Europe, both from an economic and social point of view. London is a crossroads of different cultures, ethnic groups and traditions, which, by crossing each other, colour the city, making it welcoming and inimitable under many points of view. Therefore, not just a tourist itinerary, but also a destination for entrepreneurs and students looking for work, the Great Metropolis deserves to be known in depth, offering countless opportunities to anyone who is willing to look for them. Although 2013 has confirmed the British museum and St.Paul cathedral, among the most popular tourist attractions in the city, there are many other attractions, museums, clubs and restaurants where you can spend your free time, and there are many other opportunities that could be considered as trampolines to boost one’s career in the work and business environment. In fact, there are many businessmen willing to invest their capital in an urban centre that hosts, considering only the official registers, about seven million inhabitants.
Itineraries not to be missed
For those who have only a few days to see and experience the city, we recommend a targeted tour, which includes the most popular destinations, those not to be missed. It is thinkable to concentrate on the same day, more itineraries, in order to make them coincide with culinary stops and moments of pure leisure. For those who discard the bike option, particularly popular among young people, an efficient transport network will facilitate travel, allowing you to move freely around the city at all hours of the day and night. The tourist information offices, located almost everywhere, will provide maps, brochures, and possibly useful tips to better enjoy your stay. To speed up time and help orientation, it is advisable to divide the city into five zones (Central-West-East-North-South), which in turn are fragmented into districts, 33 in total. In this text we will focus on the on the most renowned neighbourhoods of the centre, namely: Westminster, Camden, Greenwich, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwork, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Islington. The so-called "City" is instead the financial heart of the city, destination for the most ambitious and enterprising visitors.
Language school
Also based upon the location, it is also possible to identify many different linguistic institutes where you can enrol, in order to become familiar with the language or simply to improve your performances, both in academic and professional fields. The intensive specialist courses for entrepreneurs are in fact increasingly widespread, able to confer the right skills, according to the required need. Being in possession of the right property of language, today is considered more than just a sufficient plus, it is an indispensable factor to establish in the world of work. Following a brief list of the most prestigious schools
  • International House of London:

    Based in the heart of London, it is ideal for entrepreneurs who want to invest in their language skills. Every year the Institute hosts about eight thousand students from over 150 countries.

  • BSC London Central

    Located near Oxford street, between the Bond Street and Backer street metro stations, it offers its students 35 classrooms, and all the material useful for learning a foreign language.

  • St George International

    General, Business or Academic English: the choice is really wide at the St George school. Also near Oxford Circus, right in the centre, it has more than fifty years of experience in the field of language teaching.

  • Embassy English London Greenwich

    Located 10 minutes away from the Greenwich walk, a passing district, frequented mostly by students and tourists in search of prestigious museums, the institute offers a variety of services, to allow students to study in optimal conditions: equipped classrooms, personal computers of the latest generations, wi-fi, multimedia libraries and cafeteria corners. The average age of the students hardly exceeds 22 years.

  • Wimbledon school

    Situated twenty minutes away from the city centre, it is located in one of the safest and richest districts of the metropolis, known primarily for the famous tennis tournament, Reliability and seriousness are the peculiarities of this school, immersed in the green of the English countryside.

  • Bloomsboory

    Accredited by the British Council, the international school based in Southampton Place has a very high educational potential. Thanks to targeted courses, it is in fact possible to increase one's career opportunities and progress quickly towards the goal set.

How does the public transport works: Oyster card and Travel card
London public transport is really varied, offering multiple alternatives to those who need to move frequently from one area of the city to another reaching different itineraries. Metro, bus, train and DLR (Docklands Light Railway), create a dense network of junctions, from which it is possible to take any direction. The Oyster card, that is, the magnetic card that allows access to all public transport, is probably the most convenient and functional way together with the Travel Card (limited to rail transport) to travel around the city. Easily rechargeable, they can be used by both residents and tourists. The touch method for entry gates, is practical and fast, designed to automatically charge the amount on the traveller's card, which will have to bring it closer to the yellow sensor. The Oyster card can also be purchased online, with the possibility of inserting different amounts of credit, depending upon the duration of the subscription, which can also be extended later. Therefore, everybody speaking fluent English and with a travel card in his/her pocket will be free to travel far and wide around the city, chasing the dream of conquering their own corner of glory in the city chaos.
West London:
  1. Westminster Abbey: the famous Abbey was annexed by UNESCO in 1987, to the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Built entirely in Gothic style, the church has been for centuries the place where the coronation of the English monarchs was celebrated, as well as the burial ground of authoritative historical figures. Inside it is possible to admire the tombs of Dickens, Kipling, Shakespeare, Browning and Chaucer. All the information regarding opening hours, guided visits etc. can be found at the following website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/.
  2. Houses of parliament (Westminster Palace): Located on North side of the River Thames, it is the place where the two chambers, the House of Lords and the House of Commons, meet. The Westminster palace, originally, was the royal residence of the rulers of England. Only after the restoration in the nineteenth century, following a terrible fire, has been used for the new function. To obtain more details you can visit the website http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/building/palace/.
  3. Buckingham Palace: Known as the town's residence of the Queen, with its imposing presence, it is perhaps the most notorious building along with Big Ben, although it is closed to the public for security reasons. Surrounded by 16 hectares of parkland, it includes the royal offices and state apartments. From its balconies you can see the sovereigns overlooking and the royal banner waves on the flagpole when the queen is present in the building. You can obtain more information at the following website: http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/building/palace/.
  4. Natural History museum: Unique in its kind, tells the history of the universe, starting from the Big Bang up to today. Surely the most scenographic stage is the one regarding the dinosaurs. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/.
  5. Victoria and Albert museum: is the museum dedicated to decorative arts and design, the largest in the world in this field. Inside you can see costumes, collections of ceramics, fabrics and antique and modern furnishings. The Glass gallery, with its spectacular glass stairways, is particularly appreciated. http://www.vam.ac.uk/.
  6. Big Ben: The so-called clock tower dedicated to Saint Stephen, rises northeast of the palace of Westminster. In neo-Gothic style and 93 meters high, the clock tower marks the time of Londoners since the mid-nineteenth century. http://www.parliament.uk/bigben.
East London:
  1. Kensington Palace: Dated back in the seventeenth century, still hosts houses and offices of some members of the royal family, in the area open to the public, you can visit the apartments of Queen Victoria, the last ruling resident of Kensington Palace. http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/.
  2. Chelsea physic garden: A real bucolic paradise in the heart of the city, the Physic Garden is considered the secret garden of London, inside you can admire more than five thousand species of plants from all over the world and deepen your knowledge regarding aboriginal cultures. http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/.
  3. Tower Bridge:It is the characteristic bridge erected on the Thames, its opening allows the passage of the boats. It hosts internally the tower bridge museum, which tells its story.
  4. Tower of London: One of the most beautiful medieval fortresses in Europe, of Norman origin, the Tower of London stands near the Tower bridge. For a long it has been a place of imprisonment, suffering and death, nowadays the imposing structure protects the Crown Jewels. The visit takes approximately a couple of hours, tickets can also be purchased online on the official website.
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