As one of the greatest cities in the world, you'll never be bored in London.
Whether you're staying within walking distance of the college in Beckenham, or you take the short train ride into central London, there is a huge range of things to see and do.
See how you could be spending your time in London in this section of our site.
London is one of the greatest cities on earth for eating!
In and around Beckenham, there are lots of supermarkets where you can buy a range of foods from different parts of the world, including those which you'll be used to, and those which you might want to try for the first time.
There are lots of restaurants, bars and cafes a short walk from the college in Beckenham. Have a looks at these websites for more information:
Restaurants of Beckenham
If you take the 17 minute train into Central London, you can choose from literally tens of thousands of places to eat, drink and share good times.
To work up an appetite, have a look at these websites!
Time Out Restaurant Guide
The Spa Leisure Centre is one of the best public leisure centres in the UK. located. It's located right across the road from our college.
The Crystal Palace FC stadium is about 30 minutes from Kings.
Six tennis courts are available at local parks. Access is free with advanced booking necessary.
30 minutes by bus from the college, cost is £6.50 for two games (including shoe rental).
There are 3 golf clubs in the area. The nearest is Beckenham Place Park, only 15 minutes on foot from the college.
Culture and entertainment
Whether you stay near the college, or go into Central London, there is so much to do here, as you would expect of one of the world's great cities.
Here are a few ideas about how you might keep busy and entertained in your free time.
Things to do in Beckenham
Located 3 minutes' walk from the college, the Odeon cinema even offers 3D films!
The Glades shopping centre in Bromley offers a good selection of high street stores, just 15 minutes by bus from Beckenham.
Full programme of productions, plays, readings and other events. Find out what's on at Beckenham Theatre.
Things to do in Central London
Free attractions in London include:
Paid attractions in London include:
- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- The Houses of Parliament
- The London Eye
- River boat cruises
- Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
- Theatres for musicals including Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, etc.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Arsenal FC stadium, museum and shop
- Wembley stadium, museum and shop
- Chelsea FC stadium, museum and shop
- Oxford Street (shopping!)
- Harrods - one of the most famous shops in the world
- Camden Market
- Historical Royal Palaces, including Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace
and many more!
One of the great things about studying at Kings London is that everything is so close to the College. Your host family, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, the cinema, sports centre and library are all within walking distance.
This saves you money on travel.
When you want to venture further into Central London, it's very easy.The Transport for London website has the most information about all your transport options.
You can buy a one day travel card if you don't use public transport very often. For more frequent use, an Oyster Card is the cheapest way to get around.
Clockhouse train station
Located only 3 minutes away from the college, with trains to central London taking up to 26 minutes.
Beckenham Junction train station
Located 10 minutes from college. Trains to Central London take 17 minutes. You can plan a train journey at the National Rail website.
The London Underground (known as the Tube) is very easy to use and covers the whole of the city.
View or download tube maps and other London transport maps.
There are several bus routes in Beckenham, with a bus stop right outside the college. Routes and timetables are available from Student Services.
TramLink is a fast and convenient tram service across South London — from Beckenham Junction to Wimbeldon, stopping at East Croydon train station.
You should always use a licensed taxi. There are thousands of licensed taxis in London, easily recognisable as the famous black cab.
Student Services can give you the numbers of reliable licensed taxis in Beckenham.
When you arrive at Kings London, you should register with a local doctor, especially if you are studying for a long time. We can help you do this.
There is a doctor's surgery right next door to the College.
If you feel ill at any time during your stay at Kings London, you should first tell a member of staff or your host family. We will be able to help you to see your doctor if needed.
Above all, you should make sure you have full Kings medical insurance during your time in the UK.