Spanish in London
In the hustle and bustle of city life, it can be difficult to invest in yourself and your own interests. That is why we offer our full range of courses in London also, to make your experience as a student even easier. Britain’s busy capital is bursting with culture and diversity, and by learning another language you yourself add another layer to London’s complex and rich identity. Be a part of the most ambitious and diverse city in the world, and learn Spanish with us!
London and diversity are synonymous; it is a city at the centre of the world – and a world in one city. Now only the capital of the United Kingdom, London was once the capital city of 6 countries at the same time! Over 70 years ago, in the midst of World War II, London was one of the few “safe” cities left in Europe for those who opposed the Nazi regime. It soon became a safe haven for displaced governments of the countries that Hitler had invaded, first with Poland’s government-in-exile taking up residence, followed by those of Norway, Belgium, Holland and France.
More than 300 languages are spoken here, more than any other city in the world, and you’ll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital. But the fact is that people of different backgrounds, with varying languages, live and work right across the city, so don’t be surprised to hear restaurant staff, officials or people on the street speaking just about anything from Polish to Arabic to Spanish.
Despite popular belief due to an urban legend, it isn’t illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. Although it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour. According to gov.uk: ‘The issue of dying in Parliament appears to arise from the idea that anyone who dies in a Royal Palace is eligible for a state funeral. We have not been able to trace any such law, and neither have the House of Commons authorities.’ What should be illegal is to die before visiting London!
London is the political, economic and cultural capital of Great Britain. You can visit the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace. Although she has many other royal residences, the Queen still sometimes resides in Buckingham Palace. When she’s at home, you can see her royal flag flying from the flagpole. This flag, which is called the Royal Standard, must only be flown from buildings where the Queen is present. Fancy a cuppa with Her Majesty? Look out for the flag!
The Big Ben, which is not actually the name of the clock or the tower, but the 13-ton bell inside the clock, is one of the icons of this unique city. Big Ben weighs 13.7 tonnes, stands 7.2ft (2.2 metres) tall and has a diameter of 8.9ft (2.7 metres). The hammer weighs 200kg. The clock itself is accurate to within one second. The idiom of putting a penny on, with the meaning of slowing down, sprung from the method of fine-tuning the clock’s pendulum by adding or subtracting penny-coins. Even to this day, only old pennies, phased out of British currency during the 1971 decimalisation, are used.
London is incredibly well-connected, with five international airports and the high-speed Eurostar rail link. More than 50 countries are within a three-hour flight time and upwards of 300 international destinations have direct links to London. The world is your oyster!
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Our London school offers something for everyone, and its central location makes it even easier for you to get involved. Please click on the following links to learn more about each course and to find the right one for you.