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.

Details for 2017 to be announced later. See what options were offered in 2016 below. 

Sunday, June 5 Options:

Church at Wesley’s Chapel

  • Meeting time 9:45am

Join Professor Russ Willis for church service at Wesley's Chapel, the original church of John Wesley. John Wesley is the founder of the Methodist church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world. Wesley's chapel was built in 1778 and is still a normally operating Methodist Church. The burial site of John Wesley is on the church grounds. Additionally, we will tour the Methodist museum, which is also part of the church.


St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • Meeting time 10am 

St. Paul's Cathedral is more than just a landmark in London and its Sunday services offer a look and a feel for St. Paul's in action. Join Professors Maggie Williams, Dr. Jameela Lares, and Dr. Teresa Welsh for a Sung Eucharist on the first Sunday of this year's British Studies Program. We'll leave from our residence halls at 10 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.



  • Meeting time 10am 

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.


Death, Mayhem and Westminster: A Walking Tour of an Urban Heart

  • Meeting time 11:30am 

Professor Andrew Wiest takes you to the most famous sites of historic London, including the River Thames, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, the Horse Guard’s Parade, Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace and Trafalgar Square. Along the journey Professor Wiest will spin historic tales not found in most history books—tales of uprisings against the Romans, the bubonic plague, rat wars on the banks of the River Thames, murder (even the murder of a corpse), royal indiscretions and battles both good and bad.


Water, Water, Everywhere: Tower Bridge to Hyde Park

  • Meeting time Noon

The River Thames stands--today as in the past--as the "life-blood" of London. This walking tour led by History Professor Jacob Steer-Williams starts at Tower Bridge, and follows the ancient river west on the 19th century engineering feat of the Embankment to Hyde Park. Along the route we will visit many of London's most historic sites--the Monument to the Great Fire of 1666, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Courts of Justice, Somerset House, and St. James's Palace. We will also see lesser known historical gems, and point out several of London's famous "watering-holes." The tour is splendid walk and great way to introduce you to the heart of London's history, culture, and urban environment. 


Vintage Shopping

  • Meeting time Noon

We will meet in front of the dorm at noon 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. Please not that the walk will cover approximately two miles.


Shopping at Harrods

  • Meeting time at 1:30pm 

Join Dr. Rock Clinton on a visit to the luxurious and world famous department store, Harrods. The historic department store opened its doors in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod and has been opened since. Explore the seven stories of luxurious retail and be sure to take some time in the chocolate and tea store and find some fun Harrods merchandise at the reasonably priced gift shop. This is a shopping experience you will not want to miss. 



Wednesday, June 8 

British Museum Tour and Afternoon Tea

  • Meet at British Museum at 2pm 

What could be more inexplicably British than Afternoon Tea at the British Museum? Afternoon Tea (not to be confused with High Tea) is something everyone should experience while in Britain. For this London Alive Event join History Professor Jacob Steere-Williams who will explore the history of tea and tea drinking in the context of Britain's imperial past at one of the most storied places in London. We will tour the museum for about an hour starting at 2:00pm and begin tea at the magnificent Great Court promptly at 3:00pm. The cost is £20 per person.