Where to broaden your horizons while on a gap year trip to London


If you’re planning on taking a gap year, London is the perfect place to visit for immersing yourself in art, culture and excitement.

Fill your days taking in the sights of the city and visiting museums and galleries, perfect for anyone keen to study art or history at university.

A trip to London is also a great opportunity to learn more about British heritage. Be sure to head to Buckingham Palace and spend a few hours visiting some of the most iconic memorials in London during your stay at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch Rooms.

Learn more about urban art in Shoreditch

It’s the artistic hub in London for the cool kids, so Shoreditch is well worth a visit if you fancy seeing some stunning street art. Be sure to take a stroll along Rivington Street, where you’ll see pieces created by none other than the satirical street art legend Banksy. Great Eastern Street is also well worth a visit and you’ll be able to check out the two graffiti covered tubes that sit on top of a container here. Notice the way that the artists use colour and expression to make the pieces pop.

Remember London’s history by visiting memorials

London is scattered with memorials commemorating iconic people and events throughout history and it’s important to engage with these when you are visiting London. You could easily spend a whole afternoon touring the city in search of memorials, but below are some of the best ones you can visit, many of which are in walking distance of our hotels near Shoreditch.

Great Western Railway Memorial

This statue was created by Charles Sargent Jagger and commemorates the lives of employees at the Great Western Railway that died during the First World War. You will find the statue situated halfway along platform 1 at London Paddington station, so be sure to factor a visit in here during your stay at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch Rooms.

The Animals in War Memorial

Brook Gate, London W1K 7QF

Animal lovers will relish at the opportunity to visit this memorial that is dedicated to all of the animals that lost their lives while serving alongside British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century. The stunning display includes a huge horse and a long wall with transcriptions on.

Head to fascinating museums

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to museum in London so you should definitely consider visiting at least one while you are in the capital.

British Museum

Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

Discover a huge collection of art and artefacts at the British Museum tracking the history of human existence across continents and time.

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

The National Gallery houses over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Be sure to check out masterpieces by the likes of Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci.