May 2018

The London Advantage! 10 Reasons Why Studying in London is Amazing!

"LSBM is a wonderful place to study, located in one of the most beautiful areas of London."
- Carina Popescu, LSBM Law Student

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
- Samuel Johnson, Essayist, lexicographer, biographer and poet

LSBM is based in the heart of mostly sunny Bloomsbury, and recently we have highlighted three of the ways that London distinguishes itself as a great place to live, work and study:

London - Number 1 City for Students Worldwide

1/ London has been ranked as the number one city (based on the views of 50,000 students across the globe) to be a student (as-of May 2018)

"The UK's capital is not just an academic hub – it’s an epicenter of international finance and business, culture and creativity, famed for its museums, arts scene, nightlife and diversity. Anything you want to try, see, eat, learn or experience: it’s here." (Source)

This result was based on a number of factors, including the diversity of the culture, the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, and the quality of life, and was arrived at based on surveys of the views of 50,000 students across the globe.

So, this is the view of 'real' students. Not some marketing panel of 'experts'.

Good to know.

2/ It is a hotbed of economic and entrepreneurial activity

"It is the world’s foremost financial centre – a hive of commercial activity unrivalled anywhere in Europe with an economy roughly the size of Sweden’s... Last year, new tech companies were founded in London at the rate of one an hour. In that same period, more tech venture capital was invested in this city than in Germany, France, Spain, and Ireland combined."
- Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade (Source)

So, whether you are a starting a tech company, looking for funding for an idea you have, are an ambitious entrepreneur, or a student looking for your first job. London has something to offer.

3/ It is the number one financial centre in the world (as-of March 2018). Here are the top three financial centres:
  1. London
  2. New York City
  3. Hong Kong

"The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) is a ranking of the competitiveness of financial centres based on over 29,000 financial centre assessments from an online questionnaire together with over 100 indices from organisations such as the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Economist Intelligence Unit." (Source)

Translation... London is a big deal financially. And where there is a lot of money, there are also a lot of jobs. Which is rather handy if you are a graduating student from our Business, Law or Accounting and Finance programs and happen to be looking for one!


But there are many other reasons...

LSBM is fortunate in having a central London campus that affords our students those benefits, and many more.

Here are another 7 reasons why studying in London is flat out great!

4/ London is the 'greenest city' in Europe

Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London

The City of London Corporation published a report in July 2013 called, 'Green Spaces - The Benefits for London' that highlighted that London has 35,000 acres of public parks, woodlands and gardens, which mean that that nearly 40% of its surface area is made up of public green spaces.

To get that figure into some perspective, Berlin and New York have around 14% each, Paris 9%, and Tokyo has just 3.4% public green spaces.

This report looked at the environmental, physical, mental health, wellbeing, social and economic benefits to Londoners of our green and pleasant city.

City of London Corporation policy chairman Mark Boleat said:

"London is known the world over as a leading financial centre - but its parks, woodlands and gardens play a key role in making it perhaps the best place to live, work and visit in the world."

(The picture by the way is of Gordon Square, which is only a couple of minutes walk from the LSBM campus)


5/ London has 5 of the top ten most visited museums in Europe (based on attendance) (Source)

Statista has reported on the top ten most visited museums in Europe in 2016, and five out of the top ten are in London.

1/ Louvre, Paris
2/ British Museum, London
3/ National Gallery, London

4/ Vatican Museums, Vatican
5/ Tate Modern, London
6/ National History Museum, London
7/ State Hermitage, St Petersburg
8/ Reina Sofia, Madrid
9/ Centre Pompidou, Paris
10/ Science Museum, London

(And if you look at the top twenty, you can add a further two! The Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, London)

Also, most of the main attractions at these London museums (and many others) are FREE!


6/ London has amazing nightlife!

In fact, according to 'The inthemix Nightlife Index', which actively ranks twenty global cities, London ranked as the third best city in the world for nightlife! (Beating out party hotspots like Ibiza, New York and Rio!)

"There’s literally something for everyone and you get to experience both the best of both the glitzy mainstream and grimy underground. How good are the clubs? Fabric obviously, home of reputedly the best sound system in the world. EGG LDN, home to the DJ Mag Sessions parties as well as Kurv, Familia, X Presents and Supernova nights. Ministry Of Sound and the nearby Corsica Studios, which has a more underground edge. XOYO is another underground hotspot, with 12-week residencies. Dalston Superstore has an open upstairs and sleazy basement, and there’s The Hydra where the Electric Minds club night moved after The Loft was sold." (Source)

And, if pubs are more your thing, then you have an amazing selection to choose from, including many with some great historical links. Including these:

  • Samuel Pepys watched The Great Fire of London from The Anchor pub on Bankside. Samuel Johnson used to drink at The Anchor regularly, as well as Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street (which Mark Twain and Dickens also frequented).
  • Dick Turpin used to drink at The Spaniards in Hampstead and at The Flask in Highgate, as did the Romantic Poets Byron, Shelley and Keats. The Spaniards also features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Turpin’s pistols were said to hang over the bar.
  • Gladstone frequented The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, while Charles II used to take his mistress Nell Gwynn for dinner at The Dove in Hammersmith.

You can find an interactive map of all the pubs in London here.


7/ London champions grassroots music

MusicAccording to statistics from the London Assembly, nearly 14,000 people go to a gig in a grassroots music venue in London EVERY NIGHT! Whether performing in a grassroots venue or busking, new artists are building their reputations every day across the city, and people who live here are the main beneficiaries of that creativity.

It is true that many grassroots music venues are becoming increasingly under threat from housing developments, so the powers that be will need to be mindful to protect these resources. But a new 'Night Czar' has been appointed in an effort to help to keep this sector vibrant. So things remain hopeful.

If you are interested in a particular musical genre, then you are well-covered in London. Whether it be listening to the dulcet tones of the baby grand piano in The American Bar inside the Savoy Hotel, sipping whisky while supping on oysters and moving your spirit to live jazz at the Boisdale of Bishopsgate, or diving into the live music Signature Sessions at Bassoon, which has featured the Scissor Sisters and Lana Del Ray in the past.

Or if your taste is rock, heavy metal, folk or something else. You can be sure that you will be able to find a place to enjoy yourself and meet a group of like-minded people to spend your time with.

You can find a big list of music venues in London (by genre) on the Timeout website here.


8/ Lots of creative people to make friends with!

One of the interesting statistics about London that you may not be aware of, is how many people are employed in creative industries.

The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) has collated statistics from 38 leading global cities, and their statistics reveal that 12% of Londoners are employed in 'Creative Industries'.

It is interesting to note that most other big cities, that you might immediately think of as being centres for creative pursuits have much lower figures for employment in creative industries. For example, here is a selection:

  • New York - 8%
  • Paris - 8.8%
  • Amsterdam - 8.3%
  • Sydney - 5.3%

The WCCF describes it in these terms:

"Pre-eminent as a centre of financial and business services, London is also a centre of the cultural and creative industries, with an increasingly vibrant tech industry. Innovation and creativity are recognised as key ingredients of London’s success in a range of sectors including film, fashion and design." (Source)

Add to that mix great fashion markets in every part of London, dozens of film festivals, and a constantly changing line-up of free things to do in London, then you have a recipe for fun ways to spend your time!

9/ London is easy to get around, with great transport infrastructure

It is easy to moan about the trains in London. They certainly can be crowded, and compared to many other cities, they are expensive (though students can get 30% off!). But in terms of the sheer convenience of being able to readily get from A to B, the London Underground is top notch.

The new Crossrail ('Elizabeth') line will finally start to run at the end of this year, and that is projected to add a further 10% of capacity to the London railway network (when it fully rolls out by the end of 2019), which should help to make journeys more comfortable and faster. And because of this, many more places in Outer London and Essex will suddenly come into that 'magic' 1-hour commuting zone of Central London.

This will also mean that if you are a student, that you can choose to widen your search for accommodation to more neighbourhoods, as journey times will drop.

For example, the journey times from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road (which is a couple of minutes walk from the LSBM campus) will drop from 20 minutes to just 4 minutes after Crossrail fully launches.

The Night Tube has also (finally!) launched and runs 24/7 on the Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northen and Picaddilly lines over the weekends.

And if you would prefer to be greener, there are more than 11,500 'Santander Cycles' at over 750 docking stations available across London.

Or you could take a Night Bus. Here is a list of available routes, in case you feel the sudden urge to travel on a double-decker after midnight.

Or just walk! (You can find a great series of walks in the 'Square Mile' here.)


10/ London is foodie heaven!

Foodie Heaven!

In an article called, 'How London Became One of the Best Food Cities in the World', Conde Nast Traveller's website, described London's foodie credentials in the following terms:

"London is arguably one of the world’s most influential restaurant cities, home to a slew of boldfaced name chefs who are redefining food. There’s Noma alum Tom Sellers, owner of Story, and Isaac McHale of The Clove Cub, and Ollie Dabbous, for whose four-year old namesake restaurant tables are booked four months in advance." (Source)

And the 'foodie love-in' isn't confined to 'Fine Dining', or Michelin starred restaurants (though there are an impressive 70 in London! 58 with one star, 9 with 2 stars, and 3 with 3 stars - you can see a full list here.)

Whatever food you like, you will be able to find it in London, and with more choice, and better quality then just about anywhere else.

Keeping track of all of them is tricky. But one quick gauge of numbers is to look at how many establishments have food hygiene ratings (which is a legal requirement if you are selling food), in London. Now, admittedly. Many of those will be coffee shops, caterers or bakers for example. But a goodly portion of the 40,756 establishments (and remember that is just in London!) will be serving up the best Italian this side of Rome, the best Currys this side of Bombay, and the best Caribbean food outside of Jamaica!

Including of course, the Bloomsbury Farmers' Market, which happens every thursday between 9am and 2pm in Torrington Square / Byng Place, behind ULU and in front of Birkbeck, (30 seconds or so from our Dilke House HQ) where I can personally recommend the Well Kneaded Pizza.


So, to sum it all up....

London is the best place to be a student, is a hotbed of economic and entrepreneurial activity, has the number one financial centre in the world (so it's easier to get a job), is greener then most other big cities, has many of the best museums and free attractions, has an awesome nightlife (with plenty of music on the side), as well as a fantastic array of fun, creative and vibrant people to make friends with while happily exploring this great city of ours while eating a pizza/curry/or something else.

IHEA Award

(Oh yep... You can also get a degree and study at an Award-Winning Institution! - That's us being presented with one of them in the picture!)

So, that's nice.

Good choice folks. You are in the right place!


Stuart Brown
Media and Content Manager

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