Hendon and London has absolutely tons to offer. Whether you want somewhere to eat, relax, take in the scenery, enjoy the night life or travel easily into the city; Hendon has parks, museums, shops, cafés, pubs, places of interest and strong transport links. While by no means exhaustive, here are just some of the places we recommend for you check out once you arrive, including how to get the most out of student life in one the greatest city in the world.
A popular student hang out for post-lecture lunches and evening drinks due to its "just next door" location, this Irish themed pub also offers entertainment six nights a week, including live bands, DJs and quiz nights. Also features a student-saver menu featuring discount meals and drinks. 10 Church Road, Hendon, NW4 4EA.
This modern sandwich bar and deli offers a variety of tasty bagels, croissants, sandwiches and cakes, all with variety of fillings. Great for quick snacks and Kosher foods. 57 Church Road, Hendon NW4 4DU.
Shringaar Studios is a professional beauty salon and hairdressers, offering a wide range of products and services at special student rates. Situated at 3 Burroughs Parade (2 doors down from Costcutter).
Brent Street is a leafy traditional high street peppered with a variety of takeaways, cafes and pubs offering food and drink ranging from the 'cheap 'n' cheerful' to more high class fare. There is also a post office and several convenience shops.
Situated on the historic site of RAF Hendon's Aerodrome, the RAF Museum houses over 100 aeroplanes from around the world – from early designs through to the modern day jets. With free admission, plus free interactive activities including a 3D Cinema, the RAF museum offers a fascinating insight into military aircrafts.
Allianz Park is the new state-of-the-art home to our London Sports Institute and Saracens Rugby Club. Students can go along to see some world-class rugby matches, sometimes at discounted prices.
Brent Cross is North West London's largest shopping centre, with over 100 shops, cafés and restaurants. It is a major student employer. Brent Cross is a 10 minute bus ride away from campus, one stop on the tube at Hendon Central or a 30 minute walk. Shops include Marks and Spencer, Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Phones4U, Hollister and many others.
M&S Food is a 10 minute walk from the campus. Turn left when leaving the Quad and walk down the hill. It is part of a BP petrol station and so more expensive than your usual M&S food store.
14 Finchley Lane, Hendon, NW4 1DL
10 minutes from campus. Turn left out of the College Building, head down the hill and turn right at the traffic lights on to Brent Street. After a 5 minute walk, the supermarket is on the left in a pedestrian precinct of Brent Street.
10 Sentinel Square, Hendon, NW4 2EL
3 minutes from campus. Turn left from the Quad, keep walking on the side path until you get to the pedestrian crossing next to the Claddagh ring, and you will find the Co-operative on your right.
15-17 Church Road Hendon NW4 4EB
5 minutes from campus. Turn right when leaving the Quad. Cross Watford Way junction (by using the subterranean pathways). The small shop is attached to a petrol station.
67 Watford Way, Hendon, NW4 3AQ
The nearest London Underground tube station is Hendon Central, which is situated on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. The Northern Line is one of the most direct routes to visit many of London's best known places, including Camden Town and Leicester Square.
Hendon Overground station offers access to Brighton and Luton and Gatwick airports. Go on to the Transport for London website http://www.tfl.gov.uk for more information
If you are fan of bicycles and want to feel the air in your hair, get on the Santander Cycles and cycle around the Hyde Park or pay a visit the Queen riding your bike to Buckingham palace.
This is a must for any student who wants to go around London. It will save you money when you use public transport. You can also register your Oyster card in case you lose it and want to retrieve your credit. You can use some credit/debit cards if they have the contactless symbol.
Some bigger shops will have a sign offering student discounts, but even if they do not, always ask! It always feels better if you can save 10% on your purchase!
Use your student card for discount in shops like Uniqlo, Top Shop…and all cinemas!
Camden town ODEON cinema has discounted tickets all week, students pay from £6.
Locally, the Claddagh Ring pub and Way to Save shop give discounts on food and drinks.
Avoid shopping in Oxford Street during weekends if you can. If you like to have your space and do not want others to breath down your neck while you shop, try weekdays or evenings.
Try places like Camden Town, Brick Lane or Dalston area for independent designers, boutiques and vintage clothing.
Always remember to keep your receipt if you want to change your purchase.
There are lot of free gigs around London. If you enjoy music but do not want to spend a fortune, have a look at the internet and you will always find something.
Do not only visit mainstream attractions in London. Give the Old Operating Museum or Freud's Museum a chance and you will learn a lot about the history here.
Try some historically themed London walks. There are many different topics you can choose from. Interested in Jack the Ripper tour or Dickens' London?
Try as much food as possible. Walking around London you can visit and try the cuisine of many countries within one day. Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Caribbean and Indian. Try all you can! Like hamburgers? Try Five Guys in central London or Ed's Dinner. Borough Market or Brick lane are also musts for food lovers!
Visit the Shakespeare Globe Theatre while you are in his land.
Take a walk along the river Thames and enjoy the view of Big Ben, London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge and Tower of London. An evening walk along there is a must before you leave London!
Check out the Barbican Centre for performances or the Royal Festival Hall for classical music concerts.
Check the blogs on what to visit in London, you will get a lot of inspiration for free events, cheap and good restaurants.
Are you in Love with the smell of coffee? Check out as many coffee shops in London as possible.
Make a list of all the things you want to do and plan ahead, so you can make the most out of London while you are here. Whether you like to go around in groups or enjoy walking on your own and absorbing the atmosphere, you will find what you are looking for.
To avoid a long wait, get the bus tracker app or log into the Live Bus Arrivals webpage, so you can check when your bus is coming.
Get a small folding umbrella that you can keep in your pocket or handbag at all times. Sightseeing feels better if you have umbrella above your head when its rains!
Most importantly, ''Do not be afraid to talk to people!''. Enjoy yourself and make friends while improving your language skills.
If you like going out and partying late, make sure you start earlier in London. Most of the pubs or clubs might close earlier than back home. Always check which night bus (N5, N13…) you can take home or, have a minicab number with you.
Check for outdoor festivals in London! Ever seen Notting Hill carnival?
Check which of the free London apps you might like; London Museum App, London Events App.
Use TFL journey planner to plan a day out in London to save you time and to avoid closed Tube lines.
Some of the most famous attractions in London with the biggest collections of historical and artistic valuables from around the world, are available to you for free.
Camden needs no introduction. World famous for its music, market and menus, from Hipster to Hillbilly, Camden has something for everyone. Explore Camden Lock Market, built around the historic Regent's Canal and take in the sights, sounds and smells of London's coolest district. Easily accessible in 20 minutes via the Northern Line tube.
Home to wealthy celebrities, Primrose Hill Park, a wide open space for sport, picnics, relaxing in the sun and some of the best views of Central London.
Hampstead is 15 minutes from campus on the Northern line. Hampstead Heath Park covers 790 acres and contains the highest green point in London, Parliament Hill, which offers a breathtaking view of the capital's iconic skyline. In the summer, you can cool off with a swim in one of the park's two natural ponds or take a picnic in the sun. Hampstead Village is a known hangout of the rich and famous, and has a very strong, thriving cafe culture.