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Our London location

As one of the World’s most exciting and culturally rich cities, London is a great place to be a student: you’ll never run out of things to see and explore. We’ve put together a few east London highlights, all within a short distance of QM’s campuses.

  • Bow quarter - Now a stunning apartment complex, this building was once a Bryant and May match factory and not far from our Mile End campus. The factory employed mainly women and girls and working conditions were very poor. In 1888 the workers staged a strike that led to the formation of the first ever Trade Union for women.
  • Brick Lane is most famous for its many (and delicious) Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants – but it is also a great place to shop for records, fashion and vintage clothes – especially on Sundays when the whole street transforms into a massive market. At the North end of Brick Lane are two 24-hour bagel shops well known for the salt-beef bagels as well as New York-style cheesecake.
  • A magnet for London’s art and fashion lovers, you’ll find an eclectic mix of stalls at Broadway Market: organic fruit and veg, artisan bread and cakes, clothes, knick-knacks and bric-a-brac. There are also several good cafes and bookshops open all week long.
  • Cable Street runs parallel to the Thames and was the site of a famous stand-off in 1936 between 200,000 East Enders, from dockers to housewives, protesting against a planned anti-semetic march by the British Union of Fascists. The mural captures the dramatic struggle and commemorates the bravery of local people to defend their multi-cultural neighbourhood.
  • Regent’s Canal runs from Little Venice in West London, via London Zoo and Camden Town, past QM’s Mile End campus, and into the Thames at Limehouse basin. Walk along in either direction for a different perspective on the city, and feed the resident ducks and swans.
  • A perfect way to spend Sunday, Columbia Road Flower Market is a floral oasis, and the place to go for cut flowers, bulbs, shrubs and other plants. Flower sellers set up from 8am and things usually wind down in the early afternoon – when you can grab the best bargains.
  • Emirates Air Line over the Thames - Part of the London Transport system, the Emirates Air Line cable cars offer a unique view of the city. Ride from the Royal Docks to North Greenwich for the price of a standard tube fare – it’s a novel way to get to a gig at the O2!
  • If you like looking inside other people’s houses, then the Geffrye Museum is for you. A museum dedicated to homes and interiors, you can walk through a sequence of rooms that show typical furnishings from a 1630s Great Hall to 1980s loft conversion.
  • Only a short walk from our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses, the Genesis Cinema is a real gem with a great café bar and several screens.  One of the oldest cinemas in London, it stands on the site of Lusby’s Music Hall, which later became the Paragon Theatre (Charlie Chaplin performed there in 1909).
  • Victoria Park runs alongside QM’s Mile End campus. It’s one of London’s largest green spaces with a great café, boating lake, tennis courts and miles of green grass. It’s also the perfect venue for summer festivals such as Lovebox, pictured above.
  • Ever fancied learning how to scale a sheer rock face? The Mile End climbing wall is a great place to start, with regular classes for beginners. The centre also organises bouldering and climbing expeditions so you can put your new found skills to use outdoors.
  • Minnie Lansbury Memorial Clock - Walking east from QM’s Mile End campus towards Bow you’ll come across this distinctive cube-shaped clock – a tribute to suffragette Minnie Lansbury who made a stand for the poor in her local area in 1921.
  • Easy access to the sea was once vital for London and trading ships arrived from all over the world. Find out more about the city’s history of migration and commerce at The Museum of London at the Docklands.
  • Close to our Mile End campus, The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping is London's oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. The original flagstone floor survives and there are striking views of the Thames. Previous visitors include Dickens, Pepys, Judge Jeffries, and artists Whistler and Turner.
  • The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is only a couple of miles from our Mile End campus, and one stop on the Tube. Completely transformed since the Games, the park hosts a year-round calendar of events and festivals. You will also be able to make use of some of the World’s best sporting facilities such as the Lee Valley VeloPark, and hockey, tennis and aquatics centres.
  • A destination for a special night out, the Rooftop Bar and Grill above Conran’s Boundary building in Shoreditch offers fantastic views of London. It’s just one of the area’s many bars and restaurants. If you love going out you’ll be spoiled for choice.
  • One of London’s oldest markets, Spitalfields runs throughout the week with a changing focus on antiques, vintage, fashion and art on different days. The old marketplace is bordered by boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
  • St Katherine’s Dock - This is a great place to people-watch and take in the yachts, barges and narrow boats moored in the docks, including the Royal Row Barge, Gloriana. Near to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, there has been a harbour here since 1125.
  • Tredegar Square - Much of east London was bomb damaged in WWII, but this Georgian square and surrounding streets look much as they must have done in the 1830s. Just opposite Mile End tube station, and back from the main road, the area is popular with students and has a couple of great pubs.
  • A unique conversion of an old Victorian power station, the Wapping Project is definitely worth seeing. The upmarket restaurant is set amongst the remains of rusting industrial equipment. Stop for coffee before taking in the latest exhibition in the art gallery.
  • A single stop on the Central line, Westfield Stratford City is a shopping paradise. There are four floors and literally hundreds of shops including familiar high street names and high-end luxury brands. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to refuel and take stock.
  • An almost equal distance from our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which cast the Liberty Bell and Big Ben, has been making bells since 1570. It’s no surprise that the Guinness Book of Records lists it as Britain’s oldest manufacturing company.
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