Skip to main content
Student Blog

We asked you…what’s the best place to visit in your city?


From tea houses to hiking trails, our global student community share their favourite local attractions.

Student selfie

Here at the University of London, we love sharing the highlights of our home city with our students around the world.

Having showcased some of London’s hidden gems in our recent Instagram story, we asked you to share your favourite spots to visit in the places that are special to you.

Here are your top recommendations

Al-Mutanabi Street (Baghdad, Iraq)

Al-Mutanabi Street, Baghdad - Iraq
Photo credit: MohammadHuzam

For book lovers, Al-Mutanabi Street in Baghdad is a real paradise. This vibrant street hosts an array of bookshops, cafes and stalls along the riverside.

Melaka (Malacca, Malaysia)

Melaka, Malacca - Malaysia
Photo credit: Leonardo0511

Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a true gem in Malaysia. This charming city is renowned for its historic architecture, vibrant street art and delicious local cuisine.

Quetta Chai Khana (Quetta, Pakistan)

Quetta Chai Khana (Quetta, Pakistan)

In the picturesque city of Quetta, Pakistan, the Quetta Chai Khana is a traditional tea house which serves aromatic teas accompanied by delicious snacks.

Praia Grande - Arrayal do Cabo (Portugal) 

Praia Grande - Arrayal do Cabo (Portugal)
Photo Credit: Larissa Frag

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in Praia Grande - Arrayal do Cabo, a beautiful coastal area in Portugal. With its golden sands, clear waters, and stunning cliffs, this hidden gem offers a peaceful escape from the city.

Jumeirah Beach Residence (Dubai, UAE)

Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, UAE
Photo Credit: Pe-Sa

Located in Dubai, this beachfront area offers trendy restaurants and stylish boutiques. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day by the sea or a fun-filled evening, Jumeirah Beach Residence is a must-visit.

Hiking Trail 3 in Margallah Hills (Islamabad, Pakistan)

Hiking Trail 3 in Margallah Hills (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Photo credit: Zill Niazi 

For adventure seekers, Hiking Trail 3 in Margallah Hills near Islamabad is a brilliant experience. This scenic trail offers panoramic views of the stunning landscape.

Is your favourite hidden gem listed here? We would love to hear about the places that are important to you. Share your ideas with us on social media using the hashtag #StudentLifeUoL to celebrate your local area.

Why not take a break from your studies, gather your friends and head out to explore the hidden treasures in your own city? Happy exploring!