15 Cozy Places to Study in London
Studying at home with other roommates can be quite a challenge! If you’ve tried everything to study with your pyjamas on and it hasn’t worked, perhaps it’s the right moment to think about other options 😉 Unfortunately, if you’re living in London there’s absolutely no excuse for not finding the right places to study in London.
Libraries in London
There are so many libraries in London that you can almost choose one for each day of your semester! Here you have a selection of our favourite ones:
- The British Library (1) is just amazing. Beware book lovers, you may get lost inside! It’s open Mon-Sat. Don’t be put off by the need to ask for a Reader Pass, it’s quite easy. (96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB)
- The National Art Library (2) is another of those places to study in London with a wow factor. It’s perfect if you need to spend Sundays away from you roommates. (Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL).
- The Women’s Library (3) is unique due to its main topic and it belongs to the LSE Library. If you’re not one of its students, you may still ask for a Visitors Pass. However, access is restricted during examination periods. (10 Portugal Street, WC2A 2HD).
- The Wellcome Library (4) is also a nice place to stay. It’s focused on medical history but open to everyone who needs a bit of quiet (183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE).
- The Barbican Centre Library (5) is the leading public lending library in London, not only for books, but also for DVDs or CDs. One of the best things is that you will have no restrictions to go inside during exams. And of course you can have access to free Wi-Fi! (Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS).
- The BFI Reuben Library (6) is all about films and television. Feel yourself like an actor/actress studying here! (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT)
- Remember to inform yourself as well about your university’s libraries and the ones located at your own neighbourhood!
The British National Library. Source: Daniel …. (www.flickr.com)
National Art Library. Source: www.en.wikipedia.org
Coffee shops & cafés: cozy places to study in London
Coffee + books = such a nice combination! Inspire yourself in these coffee shops and cafés around London:
- Timberyard: (7) they define themselves as an “independent creative workspace fused with speciality tea and coffee” and they’re right! It’s easy to see people working or studying with their laptops in a relaxed manner, in all of its 3 locations: (i) Soho in 4 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GB, (ii) 61-67 Old Street, EC1V 9HW and (iii) Seven Dials in 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9DL.
- Look Mum No Hands (8) is another of those welcoming places to study in London. You may sit down and sip a cup of coffee made with lots of love. They even fix your bike if you are in a hurry! (49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX).
- Friends of Ours (9) stands out for its tasty coffee and carefully prepared cuisine. The problem of this place is that it can be difficult to study with all that nice food passing by your side…And you may end up having brunch instead of finishing your essay! (61 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, N1 6BU).
- Foxcroft & Ginger (10) takes its name from its owners, a couple who knows exactly what people are looking for when they want to spend a laid back time. Choose between their wide range of tea and coffee and sit down all the time you need! (3 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR; 69-79 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, E1 4TT).
- Fix Coffee (11) offers exclusive and locally roasted coffee. Relax in one of its wooden-decorated locations whilst you review your notes (161 Whitecross St, London, EC1Y 8JL; 126 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PJ).
Timberyard. Source: www.workfrom.co
Fix Coffe. Source: www.fix-coffee.co.uk
Where to study in London: Bookshops
Bookshops are some not-so-evident places to study in London. However, some of them have all what is needed: a place to sit down and a quiet atmosphere. Two stand out amongst the rest:
- Waterstones (12) is a chain of bookshops, with 23 stores in London only. If you want to know which one is near you, you may use their bookshop locator.
- Hatchards (13) is the oldest bookshop in the UK! Imagine its atmosphere…or go and discover it (187 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE and St. Pancras Intl., N1C 4QP).
Waterstone. Source: www.retail-week.com
Gardens and parks
When the weather is nice, why not sit down on the grass of any park in London? We especially recommend Hyde Park (15). Just take your bag, a towel, and some food and drink to be inspired whilst studying in London.
Source: Raphaël Labbé (www.flickr.com)
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