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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

We have put together an exciting series of social events and activities, from walks and visits to iconic London landmarks to day trips and West End performances, to complement your academic programme of study.

Events in the social programme are fully optional, but we hope you use them as a jumping off point to network with fellow students; make new friends; and to experience more of what London has to offer. 

Please note that all events on the social programme are ticketed and will be limited on a first-come-first-served basis. Booking is now open - book now to save your place!

Timetable at a glance (more details below)

Session one Wed 6 July Sat 9 July Tues 12 July Thurs 14 July Sat 16 July Sun 17 July Ongoing
 

Kensington - Royal Village Walk

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Cambridge trip

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Wicked the Musical

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Boat Party

Thorpe Park

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Tower of London

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Free yoga classes
Session two Weds 27 July Sat 30 July Sun 31 July Tues 2 August Thurs 4 August Sat 6 August Ongoing
 

Kensington - Royal Village Walk

Book now

Thorpe Park

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Tower of London

Book now

Lion King the Musical

Book now

Boat Party

Cambridge trip

Book now

Free yoga classes

 

London Tower Bridge

Session one: 4-22 July 2022

Kensington – Royal Village Walk

Wednesday 6 July, 18.30-20.30

This guided tour of the Royal Village in Kensington will introduce you to the neighbourhood where Imperial College Lonodn is based. You will wander through Europe’s most select residential street, passing by the handsome old Kensington Palace, home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales (and, latterly, Princes William and Harry); Kensington Gardens; London’s most attractive and unusual mews; regal avenues; beautifully kept squares; a clutch of the world’s greatest museums and so much more!

  • Price: £10

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Cambridge Trip: Walking & punting tour

Saturday 9 July, 10.00-18.00

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. Ticket prices are inclusive of a return train ticket from London Liverpool Street.

  • Price: £35

Book now

Wicked the Musical

Tuesday 12 July, 19.30-22.15

“The must-see wonder of the West End” (Andrew Pierce, LBC Radio).

One of London’s longest running shows, Wicked lifts the curtain on one of the most popular stories of all time, to show an alternative reading of 'The Wizard of Oz' that challenges our preconceptions of what is 'good' and what is considered 'wicked'. The unlikely friendship of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz University leads to a powerful tale of love, acceptance and friendship and will delight those familiar with the original wonderful story.

  • Price: £39

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Imperial College London Summer School Boat Party

Thursday 14 July, 18.45 (boarding); 19.00-23.00 (sailing)

An annual highlight of the Summer School, join staff and students for the Boat Party. This is a one-of-a-kind London experience that will have you sailing from London Embankment down the Thames to Greenwich and back again while enjoying a buffet dinner and dancing to the DJ’s sounds.

This is a free ticketed event for Summer School Session One students. Registration will open soon.

Thorpe Park

Sunday 16 July from 08.30 (pick-up from campus)

Experience an exciting day out at Thorpe Park Resort, the UK’s most thrilling theme park, home to over 30 exhilarating rides, including Tidal Wave, a super-soaking 85ft plunge water ride, and Stealth – the UK's fastest rollercoaster.

Students will enjoy a seamless return transfer by coach directly to and from the park, with pick-up in the morning from South Kensington Campus. Ticket prices are inclusive of the coach transfer.

  • Price: £55

Book now

Tower of London

Sunday 17 July from 11.00

Built in the eleventh century, the historical and spectacular Tower of London is a must-see when visiting London. In the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, take yourself on a self-guided tour to visit the Crown Jewels and learn more about London’s deep history.

The ticket includes an audio guide, where students will be able to select their preferred language on the day.

  • Price: £26

Book now

Move Imperial – Yoga Classes

Move Imperial is the organisation behind College sport activities and events. We have organised FREE yoga classes exclusively for Summer School students throughout your stay. Classes will take place at our South Kensington Campus sport facility – Ethos.

Registration will open soon.

london big ben

Session two: 25 July - 12 August 2022

Kensington – Royal Village Walk

Wednesday 27 July, 18.30-20.30

This guided tour of the Royal Village in Kensington will introduce you to the neighbourhood where Imperial College Lonodn is based. You will wander through Europe’s most select residential street, passing by the handsome old Kensington Palace, home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales (and, latterly, Princes William and Harry); Kensington Gardens; London’s most attractive and unusual mews; regal avenues; beautifully kept squares; a clutch of the world’s greatest museums and so much more!

  • Price: £10

Book now

 

Thorpe Park

Saturday 30 July from 08.30 (pick-up from campus)

Experience an exciting day out at Thorpe Resort, the UK’s most thrilling theme park, home to over 30 exhilarating rides, including Tidal Wave, a super-soaking 85ft plunge water ride, and Stealth – the UK's fastest rollercoaster.

Students will enjoy a seamless return transfer by coach directly to and from the park, with pick-up in the morning from South Kensington Campus. Ticket prices are inclusive of the coach transfer.

  • Price: £55

Book now

Tower of London

Sunday 31 July from 11.00

Built in the eleventh century, the historical and spectacular Tower of London is a must-see when visiting London. In the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, take yourself on a self-guided tour to visit the Crown Jewels and learn more about London’s deep history.

The ticket includes an audio guide, where students will be able to select their preferred language on the day.

  • Price: £26

Book now

Lion King the Musical

Tuesday 2 August, 19.30-22.00

“There is simply nothing else like it.” (The New York Times)

Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King is one of London West End’s longest running shows, exploding with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. It follows the powerful story of Simba as he journeys from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

  • Price: £39

Book now

Imperial College London Summer School Boat Party

Thursday 4 August, 18.45 (boarding); 19.00-23.00 (sailing)

An annual highlight of the Summer School, join staff and students for the Boat Party. This is a one-of-a-kind London experience that will have you sailing from London Embankment down the Thames to Greenwich and back again while enjoying a buffet dinner and dancing to the DJ’s sounds.

This is a free ticketed event for Summer School Session Two students. Registration will open soon.

Cambridge Trip: Walking & punting tour

Saturday 6 August, 10.00-18.00

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. Ticket prices are inclusive of a return train ticket from London Liverpool Street.

  • Price: £35

Book now

Move Imperial – Yoga Classes

Move Imperial is the organisation behind College sport activities and events. We have organised FREE yoga classes exclusively for Summer School students throughout your stay. Classes will take place at our South Kensington Campus sport facility – Ethos.

Registration will open soon.

"The boat party was the most enjoyable. Cruising along the River Thames was one of the most amazing nights I’ve had in London. Furthermore, the chill and fun environment also made it super easy to interact and make new friends with people from different courses on the Summer School programme."
Summer School 2019
Lim Jia Qi