Can you visit more than one London University in a day?
It’s a tough one – but at a push, we think you may even be able to visit four London Universities! Especially when you stay with SACO, as we’ve got apartments in ideal locations for university open days - SACO Bloomsbury, SACO Cannon, SACO Fitzrovia, you name it.
Let’s say you’re staying at our SACO Bloomsbury – Tavistock Place apartments. From SACO Bloomsbury you’re within walking distance from four of the most prestigious universities in the world… the perfect place to start making those important decisions.
We recommend that you start your day off early just to ensure that you don’t have to rush around, aiming to get to your first destination at 9am – that’s when most open days start anyway. You don’t necessarily have to schedule in a breakfast stop either, we always provide you with a breakfast hamper within your apartment, so sit back and relax with a nice bowl of porridge or cereal. A 10 minute walk away from the apartment you’ll find University College London (UCL) - ranked the 7th best university in the world (2018). It’s a multidisciplinary institute covering a broad spectrum of subjects, and its faculties and teaching hospitals are all located in the heart of central London, close to the British Library. It’s also just a short walk from the party atmosphere of Soho and the shopping district on Oxford Circus – because you need that all important work-life balance.
Next stop… Queen Mary University of London, only a 10 minute walk away from UCL. Ranked 127th the world 2018, QMUL offers teaching and research across a wide range of subjects, including medicine and dentistry. The university’s main campus is close to many of the trendy parts of the East End – including the curry houses of Brick Lane, art galleries of Whitechapel and Hoxton, and hipster-filled bars and music venues of Shoreditch.
So with that in mind, it’s time for lunch - you’ve earned it. Although there are numerous mouth-watering restaurants in London, we recommend stopping off for lunch at either Café Rouge or ROKA Aldwych. Café Rouge is a French food and wine Parisienne bistro-style setting. Enjoy Steak Frites, Poulet Breton, Moules and Confit de Canard as well as croquets, salads and baguettes – and don’t forget a beautiful glass of French wine to wash it down with. ROKA Aldwych is a sushi and Japanese restaurant in a rustic, contemporary dining room with a central, open-grill kitchen. Delightful food companied by the ROKA bar which offers a wide selection of cocktails inspired by authentic Japanese ingredients.
Now you have been fed and feel refreshed it’s time to hit your third university. Just a 10 minute walk away from QMUL is Kings College London (yes Café Rouge and ROKA is half way between QMUL and Kings College… you’re welcome). KCL is one of the largest and oldest universities in London. It’s ranked joint 23rd in the world alongside the University of Edinburgh. This is a research-led university and has a particularly good reputation for courses in the humanities, law and science departments. You’ll be right next to the River Thames, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben – great for when your family visit and you need to show them the sights.
Now for the last stop of the day, catch either the District or Circle line for 25 minutes where you can hop off at Gloucester Road to be in the neighbourhood of Imperial College London. Imperial College London is 8th in the world, up one place on last year. This science and technology-focused institution is known for its leadership in engineering and natural sciences, as well as having a prestigious business school and one of the UK’s largest medical faculties. Its main campus is in South Kensington where you’ll find yourself close to the huge green space of Hyde Park, the monumental Royal Albert Hall and luxury superstore Harrods.
And there you have it, four universities in only one day – talk about efficient use of time! Now you could either walk back to SACO Bloomsbury via Hyde Park or enjoy a lovely stroll. Alternatively, if you’re tired you could catch the Piccadilly line for only nine stops. Once you’re back in your lovely serviced apartment, you can start deciding on what you want for dinner. No rush to leave your home away from home though - take your time and relax. Have a shower, lay on the sofa or start getting ready, the decision is yours. Or alternatively, pop to your local supermarket and cook up some of your favourite homemade dishes.