Free London: A student’s guide

Emma and Amber did their work experience at King’s and as young Londoners, they shared some valuable advice for future Londoners!

A student budget can make it difficult to experience all that London has to offer. To make sure that you’re not missing out, we’ve compiled a list of the greatest and quirkiest ways to enjoy the city this summer, all for free! Whether you’re walking, skating or cycling, there’s ways for everyone to create memorable experiences that you just can’t put a price on.

  1. Notting Hill Carnival http://thenottinghillcarnival.com/

With over 30 sound systems and 50,000 performers, this major event has been titled the second biggest street carnival in the world after the Rio carnival. In 2016, it commences on the 28th of August with the grand finale taking place on the following day. The carnival celebrates London’s multicultural diversity and promises to be the biggest party you’re likely to find in London this year!

  1. Gods Own Junkyard http://godsownjunkyard.co.uk/

Discover neon heaven in East London. Submerge yourself into the indie atmosphere whilst becoming a spectatGod's own junkyardor of the beautiful neon signs hanging overhead whilst you relax below. Chris Bracey, the artist behind the lights, spent 40 years of his life dedicated to the quirky and upcoming market of modern alternative art, of which the likes of Jamie Oliver and Johnny Depp have invested in.

 

  1. London Skate http://www.londonskate.com/essential-info/

Bring your skates and immerse yourself amongst fellow Londoners with a community skate throughout the city. View London on wheels, from a new perspective, as you speed past the iconic landmarks with the sun setting behind them. The 2 hour tour begins at the corner of Hyde Park and takes place every Wednesday night of the summer months, broaden your social horizons by making new friends along the way!

  1. Vauxhall one Summer Screen http://www.vauxhallone.co.uk/summerscreen

The recently discovered concept of an outdoor cinema has struck our nation, so where better to enjoy a film under the stars than in the world’s greatest city! Held on every Tuesday of July at Vauxhall’s pleasure Gardens, the free cinema promises to be a blast.

  1. Hyde Park

Covering a whopping 350 acres of land, this stunning scenery hosts for cyclists, walkers and rowers all year round. Go swimming in the serpentine or speak your mind at Speakers corner, the Royal Park has much more to offer than at first meets the eye.

  1. The festival of Love http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Based along the infamous River Thames, this yefestival of lovear the Southbank centre hosts a festival that encourages you to reach out to your friends, family and loved ones in what is set to be one of the most heart-warming events of the year. It opens with a party on the 9th of July and continues until the end of August. With a combination of arts, music and performance, there’s bound to be something for you to share with those around you.

  1. Top Secret Comedy Club http://www.thetopsecretcomedyclub.co.uk/free-comedy-club-in-london/

Share a chuckle with fellow comedy lovers at this top secret trendy club where the likes of Jack Whitehall and Seann Walsh have previously performed. Look to the website for the latest free gigs, we promise it’s bound to be a barrel of laughs!

  1. The Tate Modern http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-moderntate

Explore Britain’s growing contemporary culture by viewing the modern arts it has to offer. With the newly opened building, there’s never been a better time to visit the Tate. Be inspired by the captivating artwork with a broad range of interpretations of what art is considered to be today.