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SOCIAL PROGRAMMES

LIFE IN LONDON

Language in Action provides support on all aspects of London life. We are here to help you before you leave home, when you arrive in London, and throughout your time studying with us.

There are fun and interesting activities for you to join every week. They include games club, visits to places in London, quizzes, meals at restaurants, and more! 

For many students at Language in Action, it is their first time visiting the city. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and people have lived here for more than 2,000 years. It is a very large city filled with opportunity and exciting things to see and do, sometimes it might be difficult to know where to start – this page will help you understand a little about living in London!

Green Park

Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London.

It was originally land on the outskirts of London, owned by a lord, until it was given to King Charles II.

 

It now forms part of an almost unbroken green belt across Central London, from Westminster to Notting Hill incorporating St James Park, in the East, Buckingham Palace, and on to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens n the West. These were laid out in the 1630’s -60’s.

It’s a 4km walk from one end to the other.

 

Originally, only royalty could use the parks. The park was transferred from the King to the government and opened to the public in 1851. To the north of Green Park is Piccadilly.

The famous buildings here are The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason.

Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence and it is used for ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family.

In Buckingham Palace there are over 600 rooms, a swimming pool, a cinema and... a post office! When the Queen is at home you can see the British flag, called the Union Jack.

 

Most people come to Buckingham Palace to see a colourful spectacle known as Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting. (11:30am, so we can’t stay to watch it, but you may see them as you walk down the Mall). The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony become The Queen’s Guard, march to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks.

 

Changing the guards is accompanied by a Guards band; the music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from the shows and even familiar pop songs.

Green Park

Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London.

It was originally land on the outskirts of London, owned by a lord, until it was given to King Charles II.

 

It now forms part of an almost unbroken green belt across Central London, from Westminster to Notting Hill incorporating St James Park, in the East, Buckingham Palace, and on to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens n the West. These were laid out in the 1630’s -60’s.

It’s a 4km walk from one end to the other.

 

Originally, only royalty could use the parks. The park was transferred from the King to the government and opened to the public in 1851. To the north of Green Park is Piccadilly.

The famous buildings here are The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason.