There’s more to studying in London than trying to get a spot in the Round Reading Room in the Maughan Library. From relaxing cafés to world-famous reading spots, there’s plenty of inspirational places to escape the hustle and bustle of London life and get some serious cramming done. We’ve gathered a list of our favourites below.
British Library – An obvious but often overlooked choice in an accessible location. The British Library has four floors of reading rooms open to anyone over 18. Register for a free Reader Pass here.
Foyles Café – Where better to read your course books than in the flagship Foyle’s store café on Charing Cross Road? Offering excellent revision snacks and free WiFi, the store has over four miles worth of book shelves – the same as lining one bank of the Thames with books from Battersea Power Station to the Tower of London!
The Fox Garden at South London Gallery – A short stroll away from King’s Denmark Hill campus lies a hidden gem of a café. Past the artwork and exhibitions, The Fox Garden features cool, refreshing planting to create a restful outdoor space for visitors, students and the local community.
Wellcome Collection – Arguably the best decorated location on our list, the Wellcome Collection’s library is an oasis of calm on Euston Road. With sculptures and artwork adorning the sofa-clad reading room, you’ll forget that you’re a stone’s throw away from one of the busiest areas of the city.
The Quad, Guy’s Campus – Weather dependent, the inspiring architecture and greenery of the Quad makes for a great place to revise outside at the heart of Guy’s Campus. Cafés in New Hunts House and the Henriette Raphael Building, not to mention the Shed, means you’ll never suffer from an unwanted caffeine crash!