London Alive

London Alive is your opportunity to get familiar with your new home! It is the perfect chance to learn about local transportation and your surroundings. ALL students are required to attend one London Alive walking tour on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Also, every Wednesday London Alive events will be hosted for a fun group outing. Be on the lookout, as we will announce these events as the date approaches.


Saturday, June 3 at 1PM 

Sovereigns, Spies, and Suffragettes with Dr. Abra 

This walking tour explores London through the eyes of some of the remarkable women who have helped to shape its history, from the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, through the Middle Ages, Victorian era, and World Wars, right up to the very recent history of the city and country. We will visit sites associated with famous figures like Queen Elizabeth I, Florence Nightingale, and Margaret Thatcher, as well as some historical women you may not have heard of, like the warrior queen Boudicaa, the militant suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and the wartime spy Violette Szabo. Along the way we will visit some of the major sites in central London, including Waterloo Bridge, Parliament, Whitehall, St. James's Palace, the Mall and Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square. 


Treasures of the British Library with Dr. Valint 

We'll walk to the British Library, an amazing library and museum, and tour its famed (and free) Treasures of the British Library exhibit. There, we'll see an unrivaled collection of original, old, and rare texts from authors including Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare. The exhibit also showcases the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks, a Gutenberg Bible, handwritten Beatles lyrics, and many other marvelous textual objects. 


Bloomsbury with Dr. Steedman 

Take a tour of one of London's most famous neighborhoods, the center of its university district and some of the most beautiful squares in the city. We will walk through these beautiful urban gardens and visit locations where some of London's most famous writers - Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf - once lived. We'll also pop into the British Museum for a quick look at the "Elgin Marbles," original pieces of the Parthenon that Greece very much wants to bring home. 


Camden Town Horse Tunnel Market with Dr. Burgess 

Camden is a thriving center of alternative culture, alive with music, food and an eclectic array of markets.  Whether you are emo, grunge, punk, goth or none of the above, Camden Town has something that will interest you.  Join me for an overview of Camden Town Markets as we walk past some of the most unique store fronts in London, pass the Camden Lock and enter Horse Tunnel Market. Have your photo taken with Amy Winehouse and browse among hundreds of independent stalls.  Come back on your own for the nightlife and see why Camden Town is described as “student-infested.” 


Historic London with Dr. Davies

This walking tour will take you through the middle of historic London and past some of its most important landmarks. You'll see the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Green Park, and 10 Downing Street. There'll be plenty of opportunities for selfies and group photos. Wear your comfortable walking shoes! 



Sunday, June 4 at 10AM 

St. Paul's Cathedral with Professor Williams 

St. Paul's Cathedral is more than just a landmark in London. Its Sunday services offer a look and a feel for the Church of England and its role in today’s Britain. Join Maggie Williams and others for a Sung Eucharist on the first Sunday of this year's British Studies Program. We'll leave from our residence halls at 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning in plenty of time to get to seats under Sir Christopher Wren's majestic dome so we can feel the full effect of the choir's presentation and take part in an Anglican traditional service.  



Sunday, June 4 at 2PM 


Vintage Shopping with Dr. Foster 

We will meet in the Courtyard at 2:00, and then take the tube to Liverpool Street Station. Our walk will begin at the Old Spitalfields Market. Then you'll be able to pop into several vintage clothing shops, including Blitz, as we stroll down Brick Lane. We'll end our walk at The Vintage Emporium and Tea Room in Shoreditch.  


British Museum with Dr. Reese 

Be one of the 6 million visitors a year who go to The British Museum by joining Dr. Reece on this London Alive tour. The British Museum was the first national public museum in the world founded in 1753. Here, you can see The Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai armour and so much more! Entry to the museum is free.  


Shopping at Harrods with Jessica Bunales 

Visit the luxurious and world famous department store, Harrods. The historic store was established in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod and sold groceries. Today, Harrods houses over 300 stores under one roof and employees over 5,000 people. While the store has seven floors of high-end retail, there are some affordable stores like the chocolate and tea room and the Harrods gift shop.  


Abbey Road with Dr. Davies 

Paul, George, John, and Ringo recorded many of their albums at the famous recording studio along Abbey Road in north London. Walk the same road as the Beatles on this tour, which will also include a stop at a gift shop just up Abbey Road. Dr. Davies (often mistaken as the fifth Beatle) will lead the tour and promises to take many pictures!