If you choose one of the four halls listed, then you’ll be living and studying in East London. Once home to Alfred Hitchcock, Idris Elba, and Shakespeare, East London is fashionable, vibrant, and culturally diverse, having undergone huge regeneration in recent years. You’ll find high-end, luxury fashion next to the edgier BOXPARK, and street-food tents next to Michelin starred restaurants.
The area is full of young creative types – home to two independent art-house cinemas, as well as London’s most beautiful Edwardian theatre and music venue; the Hackney Empire. And the Arcola Theatre is one of the best spots for emerging theatre outside of the West End.
East London is also well-known for its nightlife, home to some of the capital’s coolest bars and clubs including the Queen of Hoxton, XOYO, and Dalson Superstore, as well as a seemingly endless number of pop-up bars, and classic pubs.
For an area so associated with urbanism, there‘s a surprisingly good selection of green spaces to choose from. Well Street Hall, Claredale House, and Blithehale Court are particularly close to Hackney Downes, London Fields, and Victoria Park – the largest park in east London – which hosts several music festivals each summer (e.g. All Points East and Field Day).
Stratford One sits on the border of Hackney Wick (a huge green space) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. If you want great sports facilities in London, look no further.
And, of course, near these halls and the LIS campus, there’s the City of London itself. One of the world’s most famous business districts, housing billion-pound organisations, purpose-driven start-ups, and everything in between.