1. The British Library
The British Library is the national library of the UK, and is the second largest library in the world (behind the Library of Congress in D.C.). This library is home to more than 170 million items, 13.9 million of which as books! Some of the manuscripts date back to 2000 B.C. Any resource you need is available – or the amazing libarians will find it for you!
When you need a quick study break, the library also has quirky exhibits on display, ranging from Alice in Wonderland to British Punk Rock bands of the 1970s! If you work up an appetite from studying, the British Library has two cafeterias, and is surrounded by lots of pubs and restaurants.
Are you the type of student that works best under pressure or time limitations? If procrastination is a problem, take your work to Ziferblat, a pay-as-you-go café in Shoreditch that charges you for how long you stay. The cost is three pence per minute, but the unlimited food and drinks are free. You won’t be distracted by social media when every minute counts – literally. With friendly staff, delicious free drinks, and motivation to get your work done on time, you really can’t go wrong.
3. The Canvas Café
Did that grade on your last assignment get you down? Convinced everyone else in your program is going to ace the final while you’re barely staying afloat? Take your laptop and insecurities to The Canvas Café, where their mission is “to improve the self esteem and confidence” of all who enter! If you need an emotional pick-me-up and positive environment to study, this is the place to do it!
4. The Victoria and Albert Museum Cafe
For a more regal feeling, bring your fancy learning books to the V & A Museum café. With its fancy (but affordable) food choices and swanky interior, you’ll feel like royalty! If you need study breaks, explore the halls of the museum, which contain over 2.3 million objects. Outdoor seating in the Garden Café is available all year round, if you find the weather suddenly shifts to sunshine!
On days when you simply can’t stand to be indoors, take your books outside and work in one of London’s many parks! Central London has eight Royal Parks, providing you with plenty of choices to spread out and enjoy the sunshine. Head to Hampstead Heath for an amazing view of the central London skyline. Or, if you really want a quirky outdoor experience, travel a bit farther out to Crystal Palace Park and study in front of the life-sized dinosaur sculptures!