With first year there is a lot of time (after completing those essential readings) to kick back and chill or get out and explore London. We really want you to make the most of your downtime and get to know this glorious city that we live in. So, I’ve compiled a handy guide to some of my top lovely spots to visit for you guys to look at (I’ve listed just a few here but there are many more on Visitlondon.com).
- Orleans House Gallery- Richmond
- The Horniman Museum and Gardens Forest Hill
- Saatchi Gallery
- Natural History Museum
- White Cube
- Tate Modern
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- Barbican Conservatory (only open on Sundays)
- Kensington Gardens
- Primrose Hill
- Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola
- Pontoon Dock
- Japanese Landscape at Kew Gardens
- Hyde Park- Serpentine Boating River
- Isabella Plantation- Richmond Park
- Holland Park- Kyoto Gardens
A Few Ideas for Weekend Activities:
- There are a few escape rooms across London which are fun to complete in large groups (usually costs £30 per person for an hour but you may be able to get student discount for some places). This is where you work in a team to solve clues and escape the game before the time is up.
- Go Ape. If you enjoy outdoor activities, there’s a Go Ape centre set up in Battersea Park and students are given discounts on occasions (but this usually costs around £33). Here you can climb trees, use zip wires and Segways and it’s just something fun to do with a group!
- Better Extreme/Jump Giants/Oxygen- Trampoline parks with costs ranging from £12-£16 depending on location)
- Open air theatres: Regents Park, Holland Park, Shakespeare’s Globe (there are plenty if you just search them up!)
- Outdoor Cinema
- Climb the O2
A Little Further Away:
Also, if you’re a travel-loving student, I’d highly recommend attending trips organised by ‘Weekend Trip UK’, a society run by students. With the weekdays being packed with lectures and other commitments, the weekends are great for trips away from London including visits to Oxford, The White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury and much more.
This summer, through the society, I’ve visited Seven Sisters, Brighton Beach and Durdle Door, Dorset which was insanely BEAUTIFUL. It’s super easy to go on these trips, you simply need to subscribe to their mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) and then you’ll receive Eventbrite links for various trips which usually cost between £20-£35 for travel.
These were just a few ideas but I hope you guys have fun finding more!!