Things to do around the Strand Campus

Harriet, MA English student

One of the best things about studying at King’s (particularly if you’re an Arts & Humanities student) is being based at the Strand Campus. There’s so much to do in and around Strand, from the shops and theatres of Covent Garden to the cultural centre of the Southbank, it’s definitely an amazing place to be located while you’re studying.

Here are some of my top tips for making the most of the area…


Eat lunch on the Somerset House terrace overlooking the river

In the summer months, it’s so nice to be right next to the River Thames. If you have a busy day of lectures at Strand campus, sit outside on the terrace behind the King’s Building and eat lunch overlooking the river. In the summer, this spot is a real suntrap, and a great place to sit with a book or to watch the world go by.


Wander around the Courtauld Gallery

We’re so lucky to have one of the finest art collections in the UK right next door. As a King’s student, you get free access to the Courtauld Gallery and exhibitions whenever you like.


Explore the historical sites of Inner Temple

In my first week at King’s I went on a brilliant walking tour of the local area taking in historical sites. The Temple law courts are located just down the road from Strand Campus. If you drop by in the week, you can wander around the gardens, peek in at the offices, and visit the Temple Church. It feels like you’ve stepped back in time to Dickensian London… which is why they film lots of period dramas around here.


Visit the Royal Courts of Justice

Not many people realise that the Royal Courts of Justice are open to the public. You can go for a guided tour throughout the week (this is aimed at tourists), or you can visit on your own and sit in the public gallery for fascinating peek into the world of law.


Watch an opera at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House (ROH) has a great Student Scheme where you can buy student standby tickets for £10. If you register for the scheme on the ROH website then you get email updates every time tickets are available.


Looking for extra inspiration? Check out things to do around Holborn!

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