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There will be several rooms in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields that will be reserved for study space in the Summer Term.
The rooms will all be for use for undergrads and postgrads, and open from 8am to 9pm. They’re booked over the weekends and over Bank Holidays too.
It’s been six months since I’ve moved to London, and the number of tourist attractions I’ve visited during this time has been
shamefully small. It’s time to remedy this.
I spent a day wandering around some of London’s top attractions. Here’s what I thought…
Dungeon (£20.50 adult ticket, online
Excitement: 5/5Interest: 4/5Navigability: 3/5Value for money: 5/5Overall score: 17/20
The London Dungeon
starts out sloooooooow.
You’re in a massive queue that seems to go nowhere for about half an hour, and
then there’s more waiting once you get inside. Thankfully, once it starts, it really gets
are costumed actors re-enacting historical events, kitschy horror, and even two
theme-park style rides (one goes through a watery tunnel and the other is a
drop ride). Encounter famous historical figures such as Guy Fawkes, Henry VIII,
and Jack the Ripper. I had a surprising amount of fun, although I would
probably recommend you go with a friend if you’re scared of the dark/easily
Also, since I’m a
sucker for anything which allows me to make horrific facial expressions, I just had to
do the photobooth. If I were ever to be sentenced for treason, I’m pretty sure
that is the exact face I would make.
London Eye (£19.35 standard ticket, online price)
Excitement: 1/5Interest: 1/5Navigability: 3/5Value for money: 3/5Overall score: 8/20
I first moved to London, I vowed that I’d never go on the London Eye. A
slow-moving, expensive Ferris wheel where you can’t even get cotton candy and
mini doughnuts? Count me out.
was really hoping that actually taking a ride on the Eye would change my mind,
but unfortunately it’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I can totally
see the appeal if you like seeing large panoramic views of the places you’re
visiting, but it’s not something I would personally choose to do. Perhaps I’d
feel more positively if the full ride took 10 minutes instead of half an hour.
to say, don’t go on the Eye if you’re scared of heights.
St. Paul’s Cathedral (£13.50 concession ticket, online price)
Excitement: 1/5Interest: 4/5Navigability: 4/5Value for money: 3/5Overall score: 12/20
(Photo from Historvius)
The outside of St.
Paul’s Cathedral is iconic. In fact, it’s one of London’s protected
views, which means that it must be visible
from several key locations including Parliament Hill. The inside is no slouch
Throughout my travels,
I’ve been to my fair share of ornate cathedrals, so the real highlight was the crypt. Located just several flights of stairs below, It’s now home
to some of England’s most prominent historical figures such as Horatio Nelson
and Arthur Wellesey, the first Duke of Wellington. My personal favourite was
Antarctic Monument, dedicated to “those who lost their
lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all”.
London (£16 concession ticket, online price
+ £4 for audio guide)
Excitement: 3/5Interest: 5/5Navigability: 4/5Value for money: 4/5Overall score: 16/20
(Photo from the Telegraph)
The real standout
attraction of the day was the Tower of London. I live a mere five-minute walk
from it, but had not yet ventured within its walls. It was surprisingly
informative, interesting, and filled with sufficiently varied activities to
amuse oneself: if you get bored of learning about the historical Royal Mint,
clamber around on the old castle walls! Tired of looking at the Crown Jewels?
Check out the fortress complete with life size metalwork soldiers and
interesting was a replica of Edward I’s bedchamber. Even for a medieval
monarch, this room still looks way swankier than my dorm room!
You can also choose from a self-guided tour using the
audio guide, or join in the Yeoman
Warder guided tour and talk. I started out using the audio guide, but found
that the signs and descriptions accompanying the various exhibits were
sufficiently clear and detailed for my level of interest.
Throughout term we’ve been working with Residences to lobby them to freeze halls rents. Initially all rooms were seeing an increase of 4% applied, but we are pleased to say that we have successfully lobbied for a freeze in rent in all shared rooms.
Meanwhile, the contract length for halls has been reduced which means that there are less weeks in a year that you’ll be paying rent. However, the weekly rent has not been frozen.
Overall this is good news so far because we have been able to influence rates for shared rooms - but throughout the rest of next term we will be questioning why other rents need to be rising when the School has a considerable surplus, has one of the highest paid Directors in the country and pays over 100 people in the School over £100,000!
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