11 places you need to visit in London!

When you’re new to London, it can be difficult to get your bearings never mind trying to find the best places across the city to visit in your spare time…

That’s why you need the help of a Londoner (or at least someone that’s lived here a while) to share some of the best spots for you to go to when you have free time. That’s where I come in!

 

Wherever you’ve chosen to live in London, you are never too far from something and that is one of the many things that make living here so amazing. While it’s impossible to show you everywhere worth going in London, here are 11 places (I think) you NEED to visit:

 

  1. Primrose Hill

Going here depends on the good old British weather but when you’ve got the afternoon off university, head to Primrose Hill with some friends and picnic and you’re good to go. You’ll have a pretty impressive view of London whilst you’re there too!

Closest tube stop? Camden Town

Cost? FREE

 

  1. Abbey Road Studios

For the music lovers amongst us; the legendary Abbey Road Studios is a must. It was made famous by the Beatles and whether you’re a fan of theirs or not, you should pay the Studios a visit to walk in the footsteps of all the great musicians that have recorded there in the past. You’ll leave feeling inspired and maybe even a little bit starstruck.

 

Closest tube stop? Maida Vale

Cost? £125 for a full studio tour

 

  1. Sky Garden

If you’re good with heights, the Sky Garden has your name all over it. Besides the Shard, there is nowhere else with better views of the city! The bar and restaurant are pricey but definitely head up there in time for sunrise or sunset for the perfect Instagram snap.

Closest tube stop? Monument Station

Cost? FREE

 

  1. Harry Potter Studio Tour

If it wasn’t for KCL, this would be my main reason for moving to London. For the Potterheads amongst us, the Studio Tour really is everything you can imagine and so much more! Of course, not everyone is a huge Harry Potter nerd like me BUT it’s still worth visiting to see all the cool things they did to create the films. You can make a day of it too, so maybe save it for when your friends and family come to visit.

 

Closest train station? It’s in Watford but 20 mins from London Euston

Cost? £45

 

  1. Harrods & Liberty

One thing that London does incredibly well is designer stores. Harrods and Liberty are just two of the biggest (and best) in the city; it doesn’t matter whether you can afford to buy the things in there or not, they are fascinating places to visit. They are both beautiful inside and out too.

Closest tube stop? Knightsbridge is closest to Harrods and Oxford Circus to Liberty

Cost? FREE

 

  1. O2 Arena

Not only did Drake recently turn the O2 to the O3 for 6 shows, I managed to see Justin Timberlake perform here last year and my flatmate saw Sam Smith. It isn’t always music concerts though, you can watch comedians, live sport or even attend big award shows. Lucky for you, there is something on pretty much every night at the O2 so you won’t be stuck for choices. And if you’re feeling really daring, you can always climb up the building too…

 

Closest tube stop? North Greenwich

Cost? Climbs start from £25, shows vary

 

  1. Notting Hill Carnival

Now, this is incredible! To really capture a bit of London culture and experience something completely different, check out Notting Hill Carnival. It happens once a year in August and celebrates the Caribbean culture in such a fun way.

Closest tube stop? Ladbroke Grove

Cost? FREE

 

  1. Luna Cinema

This is another thing that’s weather dependent but SO worth it when the sun shows up. I never really understood the fuss about an outdoor cinema until I went to Luna with some friends in summer. It could be anything from classics like Back To The Future and Jurassic Park or the latest releases. It’s perfect if you want to get out of your flat on a warm evening.

 

Closest tube stop? There are 15 locations spread over London

Cost? Start from £15

 

  1. Chinatown

London is one of the most diverse places in the world and when you visit Chinatown, you’re reminded of the Chinese culture here and how amazing it is. If you’re travelling to King’s from China, you won’t need to worry about missing your home comfort because this truly captures the essence of China and the food is unreal!

Closest tube stop? Leicester Square

Cost? FREE

 

  1. Swingers Golf

It doesn’t matter if you were rubbish at crazy golf as a child, now is the time to completely reverse that and become a pro! Either that or you just go for the street food and the Instagram pictures, you decide. You have to be 18+ to attend Swingers but they sometimes have FREE golf and discounts for group bookings.

 

Closest tube stop? Oxford Circus is closest to the West End venue and Aldgate is closest to the City venue

Cost? From £10

 

  1. Carnaby Street

This is easily one of the best, and most famous, hubs for entertainment in London. If shopping is your thing, you’ve got hundreds of places to go that you won’t find anywhere else. When you want some time off the cooking, you’ve got more than enough restaurants, bars and cafés to try too.

Closest tube stop? Oxford Circus

Cost? FREE

 

There you have it; 11 places that I’ve visited in London and feel pretty confident that you’d love. I’ve tried to give you an idea of where they are, so that no matter where you’re living, you can travel to them quite easily. Some will be walking distance, most are next to tube stations or bus stops, and if anything, you can jump in an Uber or black cab.

 

You are SO lucky to have all of this pretty much on your doorstep and you really should appreciate it whilst you can. London is amazing and you should be buzzing to be part of it!

The realities of living in London!

If you haven’t been to London before, you’re probably pretty unsure of what to actually expect and may have just heard or read things here and there…

 

Before starting at King’s, I was exactly the same. I had barely ventured away from my hometown and didn’t know much about London other than what I had seen on TV or read online.

 

Despite being England’s capital city, London doesn’t always get the best representation but let me tell you, you’re about to move to one of the best and safest places in the UK. I was (pleasantly) surprised at how safe it is in London; both at my King’s Residence and when I was out and about in the city.

Whether you’re from a completely different country or elsewhere in the UK, it’s likely that your current day-to-day life is very different compared to life in London.

 

At home, you may not have reliable public transport or transport apps that make your life easier but that’s exactly what you can get used to living in London. Before moving to London, if I ever missed the last train on a night out, I would have a pretty long walk in the dark (not ok) or have to fork out a fortune for a taxi but I’ve never had to worry about this whilst living in London! The Night Tube runs on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday so if you ever go on a night out or for a late dinner with some friends, you can get home safely at no extra cost. Remember, that the Tube is one of the safest ways to travel in London too.

 

During the week, Night Buses run from 11pm until as late (or early) as 6am. Whether you catch a bus or jump on the tube, you’re always guaranteed to find a safe way home rather than hanging about for ages in an empty train station in the early hours of the morning or even worse, walking home. Apparently, 90% of Londoners live within 400 metres of a bus stop, so you won’t even need to worry about walking far to the nearest one either!

 

When you’re out exploring the city, here are 3 things to remember:

 

 

  • Use your phone wisely. Don’t be afraid of using your phone, just be aware of how often you are using it. If you don’t need to walk around texting or on the phone, avoid it. You may use your phone to help you navigate the city but stay alert and vigilant; that way you’ll always be aware of your surroundings.

 

  • Use well-lit cash machines. If you ever need to grab some cash on a night, always use ATMs that are well-lit and in built up areas. Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, keep going until you come across something a bit more trustworthy. Try not to carry too much cash at a time though, mainly because you’re just more likely to spend it!
  • Stick to main roads. If you’re walking around, try to avoid shortcuts and alleyways, at least until you become a bit more confident navigating London. Navigation apps like Google Maps will become your best friend in this city but if they direct you towards a side street you’re not too confident going down, stick to main roads instead.

 

 

A home away from home

One of the BEST things about being a KCL student, for me, is living in King’s Residences. Not only does it allow you to meet a diverse group of people and learn new life skills, you are also supported and protected whilst you’re living there. King’s staff will monitor your residence 24/7; whether this is with a receptionist, security, warden or CF. This was a huge positive for me because once I moved in, I realised they were available to help me whenever I needed it. I was given their contact details (phone numbers and email addresses) meaning I could get in touch with them whenever I wanted to.

Another positive to staying in King’s Residences is that you’re always safe. You may be trying to imagine exactly what your residence will be like but that’s difficult. One of the most important things for you to know is that you’re secure. Usually, you need to get through 2 or 3 locked doors/gates until you arrive to your flat. You’re the only person who has the keys to get your room too; you may share a flat with others but things in your room will always be locked away and protected. King’s Residences have contents insurance included in your rent too, so if anything ever was to happen, even though it’s rare, you’re protected.

 

I hope that puts your mind, and possible anxieties, at ease. You’re in good hands in London and hopefully, now you can focus on moving to this amazing city and getting yourself prepared!

What it really means to be a King’s student

What it really means to be a King’s student

 

Your application is in, your exams and assignments are coming to an end, you have even chosen which King’s Residence you’d like to live in; all that’s left to do now is start imagining your life as an official King’s College London student!

If you’re nervous about making such a big move to study at KCL, remember that you’re not the only one feeling like this. In fact, most people feel exactly the same!

 

However, the most important thing for you to know is that becoming a KCL student is one of the BEST things you’ll ever do. In a nutshell, KCL is pretty awesome but let me tell you more about what it really means to be a King’s student…

 

You are part of a community.

Being a King’s student is all about feeling connected to other people, whether that’s people on your course or who have joined the same societies as you, who are from the same place as you or live in the same King’s residence. The more you get involved in during your time at King’s, the better it will be. That could mean attending Welcome Week events, joining a sports team or just spending quality time with your flatmates. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be daunting but it’s one of the most important things to do at King’s to allow you to have the best experience. Be open-minded and most importantly, have fun!

You are super busy.

But in the best possible way! Living amongst the buzz of London makes this difficult to avoid, so in your first couple of weeks at King’s LOTS of things are going on – you’ll meet new people and discover new places (and maybe even get lost a couple of times) but it’s an amazing thing to experience and be a part of. Embrace it. Being a King’s student means that you’ll quickly adapt and get used to the London lifestyle and before you know it, it’ll all calm down and just become a way of life!

You are well supported.

Being a KCL student means that you have an incredible support system. You might just think that you’ll need academic help but living in King’s Residences offers you a totally different kind of support. You’ll come across student CFs and Wardens who play the role of an older brother or sister to guide you through your first year and tell you everything you need to know. They have been in your position a year (or two) ago so they know how to help or advise you if you ever need someone to talk to. Don’t shy away from King’s ResiLife either; these are the people who organise events in your residence and introduce you to a diverse group of people that you wouldn’t have met elsewhere!

You are on a constant adventure.

A big part of being a King’s student comes with exploring, and London really is the best place to do exactly that! Yes, people talk about going to university and ‘finding themselves’ and being a King’s student really does allow you to find yourself and much more. You will constantly discover your new favourite restaurants, bars, shops, areas of London and activities. As you make your way through your first year at KCL living in King’s Residences, you’ll be supported along this year-long adventure and hopefully, you’ll learn lots of things along the way in the form of life skills and just about yourself as a person.

You can make it whatever you want it to be.

The great thing about being at King’s is that you have the flexibility to make it a unique experience to you. Don’t be afraid to be yourself; in fact, at King’s you are encouraged to do more of this. Not everyone will speak the same language as you, not everyone will choose to stay sober or eat vegan food, not everyone will study in the same way, and that’s why it’s so important for your KCL experience to be whatever you want it to be and for you to enjoy it as much as you possibly can.

Everyone’s experience is completely different but if you want to see the sort of things that a typical day involves as a King’s student, watch Mei-Ying’s vlog. She shows you just a snippet of all the great things that come with being part of KCL and what it really means to be a King’s student.

 

Getting excited yet? 🤩

What is Life Like in Kings Residences?

Post contributed by Julie, War Studies

Hi, my name is Julie from France. I am 18 years old, and I just finished my first year at King’s. I am studying War Studies, and all of my classes are at Strand campus.

When I arrived in London, I was still 17 years old. It was impressive to be in a huge international city, mainly because I come from a town in the South of France, which is not that big. I remember, it was like a dream, to be by myself not knowing anyone and having to get used to this new chapter of my life. This dream was real, and before I even realised, my life changed completely for the best. This first year was a fantastic year that I will never forget.

I stayed at one of the King’s residences taking care of under-18s. I was placed in an en suite, sharing the kitchen and the ‘living room’ with ten other under-18 students. In my opinion, the fact that everybody was around the same age made it easier to be well included and safe as minors. We all turned 18 at some point, but it did not change anything.

In that kitchen I met some amazing people who are now friends that I love a lot. Living with people is something unique, which creates links that will stay for a very long time. Since the beginning, we shared a lot of things, while respecting each other and our belongings. I think it is crucial to talk to your flatmates and establish some friendly rules to follow. Even if everyone gets along, it avoids potential conflicts. It allows everyone to live in a friendly environment, and that is why I have amazing memories in that kitchen. Every time one of us was celebrating his/her 18th birthday, we bought a cake and eating it all together. We were also organising movie nights or just little friendly parties.

If you just arrived, King’s activities, especially at the beginning of the year, are a fantastic way to meet a lot of friendly and kind people who can become your friends. Even after, throughout the year, in each residence, there are themed nights and activities to do. It is an excellent way to meet new people and free your mind from stress and anxiety.

Another thing that I appreciate being in one of King’s residences is having access to the BeActive program, which is free for students living in King’s accommodation. It is a friendly social part of King’s Sport organising events classes such as basketball, football, yoga, dance, pilates. The aim is really to enjoy and meet new friends there, no skills are required for anything. I even had the chance to be an Activator supervising the activities, and it was useful. I learned a lot of new skills and values!

If I had to tell you something before starting your first year it would be that: you don’t have to worry or stress about anything. This year was the best year of my life, being able to study what I like while living with amazing people. With some organisation, even if you have to study a lot, you can do so many things. You can be part of one of King’s societies, do exercise, do activities with other student and visit London, which is a fantastic city, especially in winter or at night it is magical!

I hope you will enjoy your experience at King’s.

Julie.

Living in London = Living your best life!

 

Moving away from home is a completely new experience and something that most people find quite daunting, and that’s ok, but remember that you have SO much to look forward to living in London. Let’s start focusing on the positives by picturing your life in your new home because in London, you have pretty much everything on your doorstep and as a student, there isn’t much else that you could want or ask for!

 

When I first moved here, I didn’t quite know what to expect and thought that I would feel like a little fish in a big pond but as soon as I arrived, I couldn’t believe how amazing it was and how quickly I settled in! Here are just some of the best things you can expect to experience whilst living in London:

 

  1. A buzzing atmosphere

Wherever your King’s Residence is located, one guarantee is that you’ll be surrounded by a great community. London has lots of exciting and interesting things happening that you can join in with. It just has a quirky and unique vibe – perfect if you’re the alternative type and if not, it will open your eyes to lots of fun stuff.

 

One of my favourite things about living in the UK’s capital city is that there are so many things that you can only find in London – restaurants, gyms, nightclubs, shops, festivals – that you just won’t experience anywhere else. It’s like being in the biggest (but best) exclusive club out there!

 

  1. Having LOTS to do

When most people think about London, they think about the tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, National History Museum so, imagine having all of these (and more) on your doorstep, and most of them don’t even cost a penny! The UK’s capital is famous for this stuff and you have 3 years to spend exploring; I can promise you that you won’t be getting bored anytime soon! Not only that, but you can make your way around theatres in the West End, world famous shopping centres in Central London and stunning parks in surrounding boroughs. Whatever your personal interests and hobbies are, London will have something to suit you. I absolutely love music and managed to go to 5 gigs in my first year, purely because artists are always touring in London and there are always last-minute events that you can pop along to.

 

  1. Being well connected

Not only do you have 5 different airports in London but you have trains and buses that all make getting around the city super easy. For those of you who haven’t been to London before, the Underground, also known as the tube, will become your best friend! Underground stations are located all over London and these trains are the easiest (and quickest) way to get around, and with the help of an Oyster card, you’ll get 30% off your travel. You’ll probably need to keep a tube map handy in your first few weeks to save you from getting lost.

 

Other than trains, you can use buses that run all over central London and the London boroughs. To make life that little bit easier, you can pay for buses using cash, contactless cards or again, an Oyster card. As you wander around London, you’ll see bikes that are available to hire and if you haven’t been able to bring your bike from home, this is the perfect way to get back on the road!

 

  1. Living in a multicultural society

London is easily one of the most diverse places in the world, so expect to meet lots of people from different countries, backgrounds, races and religions. If home isn’t that diverse and multicultural, make the most of this opportunity to meet a variety of people. Whether that means trying new cuisines, learning another language or just finding out more about someone else’s culture, living in London presents you with plenty of chances to do exactly that.

 

  1. A diverse food scene
    If you’re a foodie, you’re moving to the right place! London has literally EVERY cuisine imaginable, so you won’t miss the authentic food from home if you’re coming from overseas. London also has incredible street food, cute cafés and coffee shops, vegan restaurants and let’s not forget the huge amount of brunch and afternoon tea spots either. Living here will open your eyes to lots of amazing food that you haven’t tried before – or maybe even heard of!

 

You might find your new favourite eatery just around the corner from your King’s Residence but once you’ve found your feet, go explore other areas of London to find the BEST places. Not everywhere has to break the bank either, lots of places are affordable and taste incredible.

 

  1. Endless job opportunities

Applying for jobs might not be your top priority when you think about moving to London but you might need a part-time job alongside your studies to just give you a financial helping hand – and in London, you have endless opportunities. You could end up working in your King’s Residence, at the university, in Westfield, or your new favourite coffee spot. If you have an idea about the career you want to go into, you could find your dream internship or placement in this city. Thousands of companies are based in London making it that little bit easier to get your foot in the door during or after university!

 

  1. A lively nightlife

How many good nights out have you had in your lifetime? Well, I can guarantee you that a night out in London will be on a whole other level! The great thing about London’s nightlife is that you don’t have to drink alcohol to enjoy yourself. There really is something for everyone too, so whatever your music taste or scene, you’re likely to find your favourite go-to spot in no time whether that’s at a nightclub, bar or an activity like crazy golf or an escape room.

My favourite way to describe London’s nightlife is individual; it really is one of a kind. And doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think either!

 

  1. You’re never too far away

Central London is pretty big and when you take all of London’s boroughs into consideration, it’s huge! This means there is always something going on that you’re never too far away from. Like I mentioned earlier, London has great transport links meaning you could be in the countryside or at the beach within 30 minutes because of where London is located in the UK. As a whole, the UK isn’t actually that big either, meaning that you have the chance to visit other cities on weekends or days off university by jumping on a train, coach or even plane.

 

I hope you that shows you just how lucky you are to be moving to such an amazing city that has this much exciting things to offer you. What will you explore first? Time to put your bucket list together!

 

4 of the BEST things about living with King’s Residences

Feeling nervous about starting university and moving away from home? Trust me, you’re not alone. Before I started my first year at King’s College London, I was exactly the same. But living in King’s Residences meant I had one of the BEST experiences I could possibly have as a student living in London.

 

Living with King’s provided me with lots of unique opportunities to get involved in events and activities that I’d never thought of getting involved in before. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but in the best possible way! No matter which residence you live in, you can expect to meet a diverse group of people, learn some really useful skills, and most importantly, have fun!

 

Sounds good? That (and so much more) is exactly what YOU will be a part of in King’s Residences. Here are the things you can look forward to:

 

  1. Having a home away from home

Moving away from home is a big step for everyone, whether that’s a new city or country, but in King’s Residences, you have the opportunity to make your room feel just like it does at home. Except now, you have some slightly different neighbours! For those of you who like your home comforts, there are lots of small ways that you can personalise your space – and it doesn’t have to be too expensive either. How creative will you be?

 

  1. Becoming part of a community

For me, the social aspect of living in King’s Residences is the best part. You get to live with a bunch of people who are all starting their KCL journey at the same time as you, which makes it that little bit easier to make friends. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people whether you’re at a ResiLife event or just passing someone in the corridor. The most important thing to do is get involved. I found it a bit daunting at first but there is always SO much going on from yoga sessions to boat tours on the Thames!

 

Not only that, but you will meet people from all over the world. Your neighbours could be from China, North America or just down the road; but one thing that is guaranteed is that you’re all together, about to explore one of the best cities in the world.

 

  1. Having a strong support system

Getting settled into a completely new lifestyle isn’t easy, and you may come across problems from time to time. Not to worry though, because in King’s Residences you have a strong support circle to help you out. Reception Staff, Hall leaders, Welfare Leads and Community Facilitators (CFs) are always around residences (and are contactable) if you need their support. CF’s are the go-to people if you’re ever missing home or need a bit of advice. They have been in your position before and will understand exactly how you’re feeling.

 

It’s worth mentioning how safe and secure you are in your flats too. You’ll have 24/7 security, CCTV and aren’t able to access your flat without your student ID card. So, when you’re all cosy in your flat, there’s no way of anyone disturbing you or making you feel unsafe.

 

  1. Being in a great location

Before I started at KCL, I didn’t know that King’s Residences were spread all over London, but wherever you end up living you’re never too far from something amazing and exciting. Trust me, in London, there is always something going on!

 

The public transport network in London is one of the best – it’s quick, cheap and really easy to navigate and that’s coming from a non-Londoner! You can get buses, trains (over and underground) and bikes all over the city. Some residences are even walking distances from Big Ben, Oxford Street and even Camden Market. If not, thanks to public transport, you can be on campus in no time or in Central London for a day of exploring if you’ve got some free time.

 

As you can see, there are lots of things to be excited about when it comes to living with King’s Residences. Your experience there will help you learn new things, meet lots of people and be comfortable amongst this big change that’s going on in your life. Lots of students

choose to stay in King’s Residences once their first year is done too because they just can’t face experiencing #fomo.

 

So, it’s time to follow in the footsteps of me, Alan Rickman, Tom Hiddleston, Gary Lineker and many more great alumni by staying in King’s Residences and having an amazing time at KCL.

 

Enjoy!

 

Settling into life at King’s

Are you ready for move-in day?

It’s so close now, you can almost smell it! 

I’m Lukas, a second year Business student at King’s. Last year, I moved into King’s Residences, which meant moving away from home for the first time, so trust me, I know exactly how excited, nervous and maybe even a little bit apprehensive you’re feeling right now. Continue reading

I ❤ King’s: Living at Great Dover Street Apartments

Post contributed by Lidia P. She is a 2nd Year Global Health & Social Medicine Student.

Life @ GDSA

GDSA is one of the best residences to live in if your main campuses are Guy’s and Waterloo. Isn’t it a dream to wake up 20 minutes before the lecture and make it to class on time with no rush? Not many university residences can be this proud of their location. Despite the large number of students residing at Great Dover Street, the atmosphere of the hall is always very peaceful. Wait until you see the view you can get out of your own window! Imagine waking up to the view of the Shard in the soft rays of the rising sun and watching the city light up slowly with dawn. This includes a free viewing of all the Shard light shows by the way! Or are you more of a sunset person? There are rooms, which offer that as well as a sneak peak of the London Eye. Continue reading

I ❤ King’s: Moonraker Point

Post contributed by Adriana T.  She is an undergraduate student at King’s, studying German.

Life in Moonraker Point

SE1 0FN – Your new postcode. By the time you are reading this, these six digits will not mean much to you but in a few weeks, you will know them by heart and they will be your new home. Moonraker Point is a hugely popular residence, not only due to its proximity to Guy’s Campus (Medicine) and Strand Campus (Arts and Humanities) but also thanks to the outstanding facilities, the views and the communal atmosphere. The greatest asset of the Student life at Moonraker Point is the big common room, including a pool table, ping pong and a big TV (and yes, there is Netflix). What I personally like most about the space is its diversity. Walk in at any time of day or night and you can find students studying, eating, watching TV, playing pool and even doing pre-drinks and parties on the Weekend. Twice a week, the common room is used for our very own #resilife events.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will find your CFs and RAs amongst the other students. Tuesday is always the time for tea and biscuits, where the atmosphere will be quite relaxed and everyone is unwinding over a cuppa. Thursdays, on the other hand, the common room might get messy as we get artsy and creative. What started out as ‘Art night’ has evolved into a creative hub with activities ranging from crafting, painting to designing mugs and T-shirts. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere while being inspired by your new life in London, your university and maybe even your new home. Hint: your artwork makes amazing and cheap decorations for your flat!

Living with other like-minded young adults might sound like a dream to some but it can also be a bit of a daunting prospect and I felt no different when I first arrived at Moonraker. But let me assure you that Moonraker offers one of the friendliest and most inclusive communities you will find. There is a sufficient support network in place to ensure that you will have a good time during your stay. A 24-hour reception is there for any urgent or non-urgent matters and queries and they are always happy to chat to you about anything. Why not pop down for a chat once you settled in? They love to get to know their residents better. Moonraker also offers a team of fully-trained RAs and CFs who will introduce you to your new residence, your neighborhood and will always have an open ear. Keep an eye out for their red jumpers and do not hesitate to ask them for advice or what’s on at the next art night!

I ❤ King’s: Living at Moonraker Point

Post contributed by Elisabeth M. She is an undergraduate student at King’s, in the department of War Studies.

Living in Moonraker Point means being part of one of the most social and vibrant student accommodations in London. One of the things I love most about the Moonraker community is that there is always something going on. Whether you feel like going to one of the many Resilife events hosted throughout the week, just chilling in the common room or exploring the lively Southwark neighbourhood with your fellow residents, you will always be spoiled for choice. This is what makes Moonraker Point a truly unique place to live. And for those who prefer a more relaxing night to themselves, the rooms at Moonraker Point are incredibly spacious and all ensuite, so they provide the perfect retreat for busy students living in a busy city.

The accommodation not only offers shared flats that range from four to twelve people, but also private studios. Shared flats are the perfect way to meet other residents and co-habitate with a diverse group of fellow King’s students. For those looking for a quieter living situation, studios provide the perfect option, with spacious rooms that include fully equipped private kitchens.  So whatever living situation you might be looking for, Moonraker Point has got you covered. In addition to this, Moonraker Point offers some really incredible facilities, including a common room with pool and ping-pong tables, as well as free Netflix for those craving a relaxing night in. So whatever you might be looking for, Moonraker Point has the facilities to satisfy any taste or mood. Keen on a fun night in with your flatmates? Most of Moonraker Point’s shared flat kitchens have balconies with some of the most amazing views in London.

So you can spend the evening relaxing and chilling with your flatmates and fellow residents while you take in breath-taking views of the London Eye, the Shard and the Tate Modern. Or what about if you’re looking to meet new people around your halls of residence? There are always events going during the week, including Tea Tox, Art Night and weekly Saturday outings around London. These events are a great way to bring together the Moonraker community and meet new people. In addition to these weekly events, there is always a huge event that takes place every month. These include game nights, parties in the common room, free food and potlucks. So it really means that everyone is involved in the Moonraker community, which easily makes it one of the most vibrant and social residence communities at King’s. All in all, Moonraker Point really is a unique place to live, with such an incredible and diverse community that will immediately make you feel like you have found your home away from home.

 

Moonraker Point and its Neighbourhood  

One of the most unique and exciting parts about living in Moonraker Point is the vibrant and historic Southwark neighbourhood, which you will be at the centre of. As one of the oldest boroughs in London, Southwark offers its residents a unique London living experience. Of course, one of the perks of living at Moonraker is its proximity to the various King’s campuses; the residence is situated within a 10-minute walk from King’s Waterloo campus, a 15-minute walk from the Guy’s campus and a 20-minute walk from the Strand campus. Beyond this, however, the area is home to some of London’s most iconic landmarks, with some of the city’s most famous bridges, buildings and museums located just outside your doorstep. Follow me, as I describe some of my favourite spots in Southwark and reveal some secret and lesser-known hangouts in the area.

Start your day with a relaxing brunch at the Table Café, which is tucked away on Southwark Street. It offers a legendary brunch menu that can satisfy any craving. Whether you are craving a traditional full English breakfast or something a bit more unconventional like a brunch burger topped with pork, beetroot, egg, sour cream and avocado sauce, the Table Café offers pretty much anything to satisfy your hunger. Next, spend the day exploring some of the iconic buildings and museums that you will find around your neighbourhood. An absolute must-see for anyone living in the area is the Tate Modern, which is only a short 10-minute walk from Moonraker Point. Soak in some modern art and unique, awe-inspiring exhibitions. Before heading off, make sure to check out the incredible view you have from the top floor, in order to really get the full experience. After this, head towards the Shakespeare Globe Theatre to the catch a show or just explore this historic landmark. Here you can discover some of the Southwark area’s rich and vibrant history. Located right next door is The Swan, one of London’s most famous pubs. This is perfect for those craving a traditional fish and chips lunch or a pint with enviable full views of the Thames. Alternatively, you could stroll along the Thames and head to the bustling Borough Market to experience London’s most renowned food and drink market. Wander around and discover the diverse range of foods from all around the world. This spot is perfect for hungry students looking for reasonably priced food and a truly adventurous culinary experience. One of my favorite dishes here and a must-try for anyone visiting Borough Market are the Thai coconut pancakes. Let your busy day in Southwark come to an end by walking along the Southbank promenade. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of London and experience a Bank side sunset that illuminates the city and the river with a golden hue. This is one of my favorite London moments and being at the heart of it all makes living at Moonraker Point so incredibly unique.

 

 

 

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