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Explore London: A Guide for new Students

Welcome to London for the new academic year! Whether you’re arriving in London as a new student, or returning for another year of study, we want to help you make the most of it. We reckon this is the best city in the world and there’s no better time to explore it than as a student!

London is full of things to do and places to explore, much of which is absolutely free. Here’s a selection of ideas for how you can go about getting acquainted with the city.

Museums and Galleries

There are loads of free museums and galleries across the city. Why not visit The British Museum (WC1B), Natural History Museum (SW7), V&A (SW7), Science Museum (SW7), Tate Modern (SE1), Tate Britain (SW1P), Saatchi Gallery (SW3), Sir Joan Soane’s Museum (WC2A) or the Grant Museum of Zoology (WC1E).

Keep an eye out for Museum Lates and experience some of these museums after dark.

Live Music

There is loads of live music all across the city. Check out some in-store gigs at Rough Trade East (E1), or lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields (WC2N), or The Royal Opera House (WC2E). You could also take in Evensong at Westminster Abbey (SW1P) or check out the World Music and Exhibitions at Rich Mix (E1).

History and Culture

If you fancy exploring some of London’s history and culture, why not try climbing up Big Ben (SW1A) (on the inside!). Or take a walk along the Southbank (SE1), culminating in a guided tour of the Tate Modern (SE1). You could also visit Speakers’ Corner (W2) or be in an audience for a BBC filming.

Fun Stuff

Every night of the week there is free comedy at the Camden Head (NW1) and the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel (E1) does cinema tickets for £4 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Or why not go and play table tennis at PING (SW5).

Missing the Countryside?

London isn’t all bricks and concrete; there is plenty of green space too. Why not visit one of the parks: Richmond Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Greenwich Park, or Hampstead Heath.

Or check out a city farm in Vauxhall (SE11), Hackney (E2), or Mudchute (E14).

Cool Study Places

When you eventually get round to studying and fancy a change of scenery, why not check out some of these cool study places, many of which have free wifi: Café Eterno (WC2H), Departure (E14), Southbank Centre (SE1), or the cafés in The British Library (NW1), National Portrait Gallery (WC2H) or V&A (SW7).

Enjoy exploring – and if you have any suggestions for places we’ve missed, leave us a comment, or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.


Image: Handy map of London by Anne, used under CC. Colours darkened.

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