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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!

Please note that all events on the social programme are ticketed and will be limited on a first-come-first-served basis. The calendar below is from the 2022 Summer School, 2023 activities will be published soon.

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

London Tower Bridge

4-22 July 2022

Wednesday 6 July, 18.00-20.00 (starting at High Street Kensington Station)

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.

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.

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.

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 Temple Pier 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. A limited number of guest tickets at £45 + admin fees may become available closer to the event date.

Saturday 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.

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.

Move Imperial is the organisation behind College sport activities and events. We are organising FREE yoga classes exclusively for Summer School students. More classes may become available, subject to demand.

£5 deposit is required to book - returned upon attendance.

Monday 11 July, 18.30 - Yoga class in Prince's Gardens

"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