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Making the most of your summer in London

Studying in London is an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse and abundant social and cultural activities, and an ideal location from which to explore the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. That’s why when you join Summer School at Imperial College Business School, we encourage you to get involved in a host of social and cultural activities that we organise for you to enjoy alongside your studies. Sometimes the best networking takes place outside the classroom!

Activities and trips are not included in the course fees and you will need to pay additional costs.

What to expect from the social programme

The start of Summer School is now only a few short weeks away, and while things may look a little bit different in 2021, we are very excited to welcome you to Imperial! 

With that in mind, we have put together a series of optional social events and activities to complement your academic programme of study.  Whether you are joining us on campus, or fully online, we hope you use these events as a jumping off point to network with fellow students, to make new friends, and to just enjoy your time with us. 

Please note that all events on the social programme are ticketed, and places for the in-person events are limited due to ongoing social distancing restrictions.   

Session one: 28 June - 16 July 2021

Social Walk & Chat with MOVE Imperial

Wednesday 30 June, 13.15-13.45 BST

A short in person walk around the South Kensington campus and surrounding area, led by MOVE Imperial. This is an opportunity to meet and chat with some of the other students on campus, in an informal and relaxed way. 

Online tour: 'The Financial City: from Slavery to Hedge Fund'

Thursday 1 July, 13.00 BST

Led by an expert tour guide from London Walks, this virtual tour looks at the development of the City of London as a financial centre. We trace the origins back to the Roman and medieval periods and then take the story forward to the present day. 

Shakespeare’s 'As You Like It' at the Globe Theatre

Thursday 1 July, 19.00 BST

An in-person theatre trip to the world-famous Globe Theatre, to see one of Shakespeare’s classic comedy plays, ‘As You Like It’. See what The Globe has to say about the performance here 

Online tour: 'Harry Potter: Magical London'

Saturday 3 July, 08.00 BST

On this virtual tour you will see some of the real filming locations from the eight movies and take a deeper look at some of the inspiration J.K Rowling used to create the spellbinding universe we all know and love.  This super friendly tour will sort you into your wizarding houses and quiz you on your Potter knowledge, as you compete for house points to win the much-coveted House Cup! 

Please note that this is event is only available to online students. 

London Walking Tour: ‘Darkest Victorian London’

Saturday 3 July, 14.00 

Elsewhere is always surprising… Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon – the Victorian underside of 21st century London. An in-person walking tour of some of London’s forgotten corners, led by an expert guide from London Walks.  

Online yoga class with MOVE Imperial 

Thursday 8 July, 13.15 BST

A chance to unwind and take a break from studying, with an online yoga class led by a professional instructor. 

Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour visit 

Friday 9 July, 13.30 BST

Stunning costumes, breathtakingly detailed sets and intricate props fill the Harry Potter Studio Tour's two soundstages and backlot. Step onto iconic sets like the Great Hall and Diagon Alley and discover how the special and visual effects teams made Harry and his friends fly. 

Cambridge trip: Walking & punting tour 

Saturday 10 July, 10.00 BST

Join a tour of the beautiful city of Cambridge, led by an alumnus of the university. First up is a walking tour of some of the most famous Colleges and other highlights around the streets of Cambridge. Then, spend an hour cruising down the river in one of the city’s iconic punts. 

Session two: 19 July - 6 August 2021

Shakespeare’s 'Romeo & Juliet', at the Globe Theatre

Tuesday 20 July, 19.00 BST

An in-person theatre trip to the world-famous Globe Theatre, to see one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, ‘Romeo & Juliet’.  See what The Globe has to say about the performance here

Social Walk & Chat with MOVE Imperial

Wednesday 21 July, 13.15-13.45 BST

A short in person walk around the South Kensington campus and surrounding area, led by MOVE Imperial.  This is an opportunity to meet and chat to some of the other students on campus, in an informal and relaxed way.

Online tour: 'East End Street Art Virtual Tour'

Friday 23 July, 13.30 BST

Shoreditch and Spitalfields are vibrant areas in the East End of London, associated with street food pop-ups, designer coffee, hipster culture, and some of the most incredible urban art you will see anywhere in the world. Led by an expert tour guide from London Walks, this virtual tour is an exploration of this amazing corner of town.

Online tour: 'Harry Potter: Magical London'

Saturday 24 July, 08.00 BST

On this virtual tour you will see some of the real filming locations from the eight movies and take a deeper look at some of the inspiration J.K Rowling used to create the spellbinding universe we all know and love.  This super friendly tour will sort you into your wizarding houses and quiz you on your Potter knowledge, as you compete for house points to win the much-coveted House Cup!

Please note that this is event is only available to online students. 

Cambridge trip: Walking & punting tour 

Saturday 24 July, 10.00 BST

Join a tour of the beautiful city of Cambridge, led by an alumnus of the university. First up is a walking tour of some of the most famous Colleges and other highlights around the streets of Cambridge.  Then, spend an hour cruising down the river in one of the city’s iconic punts.

Online yoga class with MOVE Imperial 

Thursday 29 July, 13.15 BST

A chance to unwind and take a break from studying, with an online yoga class led by a professional instructor. 

Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour visit 

Friday 30 July, 14.00 BST or Saturday 31 July, 15.00 BST

Stunning costumes, breathtakingly detailed sets and intricate props fill the Harry Potter Studio Tour's two soundstages and backlot. Step onto iconic sets like the Great Hall and Diagon Alley and discover how the special and visual effects teams made Harry and his friends fly. 

London Walking Tour: ‘The Unknown East End’

Saturday 31 July, 14.00 

Down and out London, the East End was the worst slum in Europe. Paradoxically it was also London at its richest! Richest in terms of its artistic expression and social ferment and human mix.  This is an in-person walking tour of the ‘real people’s London’, led by an expert guide from London Walks.