10 killer reasons to do an internship in London
1) The museums
Interns in London have the opportunity to see incredible historical and cultural pieces at some of the best museums in the world. At the British Museum, one of the world’s oldest museums, interns can see the Rosetta Stone. To see Britain’s best decorative arts, the V&A is the place to go. Other museums not to miss while doing an internship in London include the Tate Modern, Natural History Museum and Design Museum.
2) You can pretend to be your favorite literary character
From Harry Potter to Elizabeth Bennett, some of the world’s most beloved literary characters were created by English authors. While doing an internship in London and living in the UK, you’ll be able to check out sites you read about in your favorite novels and explore the old stomping grounds of the likes of Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.
3) The theatre
The homeland of history’s most prolific playwright, William Shakespeare, it’s no surprise that England still produces some of the world’s best theatre. Interns in London will appreciate Central London’s West End, where you can see some of the most celebrated performances in the world. These large, mainstream professional shows in London are staged in an area called “Theatreland”. Some of the West End’s longest-running shows include The Mousetrap, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. The West End is also fun for walking around as it includes several iconic public squares and circuses.
4) It’s a global financial capital
London boasts the largest economy in Europe as the metropolitan area generates some 30% of the total GDP in the United Kingdom. Finance is London’s number one industry which explains why it is known as one of the world’s financial centers.
5) The English language
England is the place where it all started. It’s the mother country of the English language, the most widely spoken language in the world with 400 million native speakers and some 700 million non-native speakers. English originates as a West Germanic language and was spoken first in medieval England.
6) The tea
Having afternoon tea is one of the most beloved English traditions. In London, all of the world’s problems can be solved by “putting the kettle on”. Interns in London can experience an authentic London afternoon tea at classic Claridge’s, which offers a wide array of tasty teas, pastries, sandwiches, scones and more.
7) The monarchy
Keep calm and carry on! The Queen and her family continue to play an important part in modern British culture, the Royal Family still followed persistently by the paparazzi and mentioned in the press. Kate, Wills, George and Charlotte are not only followed religiously by the British public and press but also by the global media.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a London treasure. The Anglican cathedral is the mother church of the London Diocese. The original church dates back to AD 604. The current structure was built in the late 17th century and sits atop the Ludgate Hill, London’s highest point. Interns can check out the English Baroque style and iconic dome with a guided tour. Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic structures in London. The palace originated as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and is now home to much of the Royal Family. The palace has 830,000 square feet of floor space. The Palace of Westminster is home of both houses of the UK Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. However, Westminster was first built in the eleventh century and was home to the Kings of England up until 1512, when a fire caused severe damage to the structure. Tours of the historic palace are available to overseas visitors.
9) It’s influential
Since the 15th century, England has had an international legal and cultural influence. The mother country of the most widely spoken language in the world, there’s no denying England’s longstanding global significance.
10) It’s rich in diversity and culture
People from all corners of the world call London home. In fact, more languages are spoken in London than any other city in the world. In addition to its rich diversity, London also hosts multitudes of cultural events every year, including over 17,000 music performances and more than 250 festivals. One of London’s most loved festivals is the Notting Hill Carnival, which remains Europe’s biggest street festival. Live comedy fans are also sure to find the best comics performing in London – the city is known to book the the funniest acts in the world.
Photo 1. based on London, by Camilo Rueda López, CC-by-ND 2.0