London, England

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From the tourist must-sees of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, to some of the most important museums and art galleries in the world, and finishing with top class restaurants, night clubs and theatres, London really can claim to 'have it all'. Twickenham is the main centre of the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. It is famous as the home of Rugby Football Union, and Twickenham Stadium is only a short way from the school. Twickenham has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in the town centre, within easy reach of the school.

LAL London occupies part of a modern building which has been refitted to provide up-to-date facilities and an excellent learning environment. The school has twelve classrooms which hold a maximum of twelve students in each room. There is wireless internet throughout the school and there are computers for private study. One business classroom has an interactive whiteboard, and each of the other classrooms has a 50" HD television with Apple TV to enable interactive lessons. The school also provides books for sale or to lend, helping students continue their studies out of class.
Please note, occasionally LAL London accepts closed young learner groups.


Great location

LAL London is in the picturesque borough of Richmond upon Thames, which is one of the safest boroughs of London, only a 20-minute train ride from the attractions of the capital.

Boutique excellence

With its unique ambience, all-things-cool approach, and one-big-happy-family spirit, LAL London is always academically challenging and personally rewarding.

On-site residence

Stay right above the school in our residence, with another student residence only metres away. It's the perfect place to stay and study.

At a glance

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  • Pound Sterling (GBP)
  • English

The School

  • Free wireless internet access
  • Free computer access
  • Bookshop
  • Lounge Area
  • Drinks available
  • Wheelchair access


General and Intensive English

Develop your core English skills for everyday life with 20 or 30 lessons per week.

University Pathways

English courses to help you study at a university of your choice.

Business English

English lessons for your working life, with functional language based on business situations.

Private Tuition

One-to-one lessons are the perfect way to focus on your individual needs, and can also be added to any LAL course.

General English for 30+

Our General English course but with the assurance that you will be studying with older students.

English for Specific Purposes

Specialist English language courses focusing on the specific needs of particular professions.

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All Activities & Excursions

Area and travel guide

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. Everything you could want is here: from some of the most famous attractions in the world, to some of the best food and culture. Stroll through the parks; take in a show; explore London’s 32 boroughs; take a cruise on the River Thames; stare at the art; soak up the history; make a Guardsman smile; and learn English in the capital of England.

About Twickenham

Twickenham is typically English. The town has pretty streets and weekend markets, small independent shops and traditional English pubs. The district has local theatres, and is close to Royal Parks full of roaming wild deer. Twickenham is a great location for the explorer. The area is ideally located to visit central London in 20 minutes, Windsor Castle in half an hour and, of course, Twickenham stadium. Twickenham Stadium is the rugby hub for England, and as well as the stadium hosting the most important rugby matches, major singers and groups stage their concerts there, such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Life in Britain

Visiting London should be an adventure: but it doesn't need to be difficult. This section will tell you about all the practical aspects of visiting and living in England, from currency to business opening times.

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Keeping safe and sound

We want to you to enjoy your time in England, and to stay safe and healthy. Our staff are available to help you with any concerns you may have, and here is some useful advice to help keep you 'safe and sound'.

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Travel and transport

The easiest way to see the sights of London and the area is with our excursions, but if you want to get about on your own there are plenty of options available.

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Arrival and first day

LAL Offers a reliable Standard Transfers service every Sunday from major airports in and around London. This service is described in detail below. Please note that Standard Transfers must be booked, with full flight details for arrival and departure as appropriate, at least three weeks before the student's arrival.

Standard Transfers

We can arrange transfers on arrival and on departure on Sundays throughout the year from London Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN) and St Pancras International station for the Eurostar. These transfers are available at specific times.

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Meet and Greet

Our airport representatives in the Arrivals meeting hall will meet all students arriving at Heathrow. Our staff will carry clipboards marked with the LAL logo. 

Students arriving at other airports will either be met by our airport representatives as above, or a driver holding a clipboard marked with the school's logo.

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Making your own way to LAL

If you wish to make your own way to LAL London, it is easy to get here by public transport or by car.

The nearest railway station to LAL London is Twickenham, about five minutes from the school on foot. There are regular trains to London Waterloo from here, with underground connections to Waterloo from all other London stations, and also frequent trains to Clapham Junction for connections to the south-east of England.

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Your first day

Students should come to the school for registration and placement testing at 08.30 on Monday morning.

You must bring your passport on your first day at the school, otherwise you will not be able to attend lessons.

After a placement test, we will show you around the school and give you some key information to help you enjoy your visit. After a coffee break you will meet your fellow students, your teacher and start your lessons.

Visa information

Every student who comes to the UK will need a valid passport to enter the country.

Depending on where you were born, where you live now and which course you wish to study, you may require a visa to study with us in the UK. In general, students can study with us without a visa if they hold a passport from the EU, European Economic Area or from Switzerland.

Students from other countries may require one of five different types of visa to study with LAL in England.

Contact school


LAL London

Allied House
29-39 London Road

School switchboard: +44 (0)20 8892 9050

Booking Enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)20 8843 7300

Agent Enquiries:

Daniel Rosiak, Centre Sales Co-ordinator
Phone: +44 (0)20 8892 9050

Existing Bookings:

Phone: +44 (0)1803 546 394

Emergency Contact Number:

+44 (0)20 3384 3907

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