London is one of the most international cities in the world, described by some as ‘the Babel of the modern world’. Over one-third of its 8.1 million residents are foreign born, representing over 270 nationalities and 300 languages.*
London is also a city that has inspired some of the most creative minds throughout history: scientists, artists, composers, mathematicians, engineers, architects, statesmen, musicians, entrepreneurs, actors and great leaders – the names associated with this great city are endless: Alexander Fleming, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Alfred Hitchcock, William Shakespeare, JMW Turner, Jane Austen, Sir Conan Doyle, John Nash, George Friederick Handel, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, the Beatles, Sir Christopher Wren, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Branson, Michael Faraday, John Keats, David Bowie, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Wylde, Charles Babbage, Henry Purcell, Charles Barry, Capability Brown, David Lean…..
Whether it is the cosmopolitan character of this great city that has sparked these creative thinkers, or it has been the creative genius of the people here that throughout the ages has attracted people from all over the world, it is an ideal setting for the Creativity and Transition Institute. Whether this is your first visit, or you live here, there is always something new and exciting to learn about London and its residents from far and wide.
London boasts splendid architectural, historic and cultural gems including 300 museums and art galleries (100 free entry), 150 theatres, four World Heritage Sites (Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Maritime Greenwich and Houses of Parliament). As a ‘nerve centre of global academia’, London’s 12 universities serve an international learning community contributing to research and development on virtually every subject under the sun**.
We hope that as learning community, all of our Institute participants will have an opportunity to get to know this city while benefiting from an exciting professional development opportunity to better understand the international communities that our schools serve.
Of course London is the gateway to England, Scotland and Wales, and day trips to Bath, York, Cambridge or Oxford; Stonehenge, the great cathedrals of Winchester and Salisbury; The Castles of Kent, Winnie the Pooh’s Ashdown Forest and even Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle or the Harry Potter film studios, are easily accessible for those wanting to come early or stay after the Institute to explore this fascinating country.
(Photographic images courtesy of London & Partners who hold the copyright)