London’s calling: travel to Britain’s bustling metropolis, a cultural hub of historic happenings.
A multitude of attractions and amenities have established London as one of the world’s most-visited destinations. Explore famous landmarks, gorgeous gardens, top attractions, and so much more across the pond.
With Roman roots tracing back almost two millennium, modern-day London is a blend of old and new: a place where Big Ben chimes at teatime, architecture ranges from gothic grandeur to futuristic, and varied neighborhoods host vibrant multicultural communities.
England’s cultural, economic, and political center. Home to a historic settlement in Greenwich, four World Heritage Sites, and other iconic landmarks, London has come to be known as “the capital of the world” for its influence in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, and finance.
Get to know this global business hub. Within the circle of major economic cities around the world, London maintains the title of top-tier global economic power. Find your way to the financial district and immerse yourself in its fascinating history!
Gain confidence navigating new places. Utilize London’s Underground, one of the largest and most efficient public transportation networks in the world, or opt to board a double-decker bus to sightsee while traveling. Rather take in the views on foot? London is one of the world’s most walkable cities.
Must-see museums. London is home to over 170 world-class galleries and museums, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. What’s better than that? Many of the city’s museums are free of charge to visit.
See where history is made at the House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Stroll along the River Thames and through Piccadilly Circus, then find your way to one of London’s lush public parks.
Obligatory photo op. Pose with the palace guards and step inside a classic London phone booth. Don’t let the bragging rights go to waste, be sure to send pics back home to your friends and family!
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University Class of 2023
My gap year took me out of my comfort zone so many times—and my life is better because of it. Now, as I head off to college, I am able to focus on my excitement rather than feeling nervous, because I have built so much confidence within the past year. If anyone is searching for a path to follow, a way to achieve their goals, or even just who they are, they need to take a gap year.