Free London Activities to Try This Summer

One of the most exciting and enjoyable things about a study abroad experience in London is the vast number of attractions you can see for free. Within close proximity to some of the best student housing, London’s iconic museums and parks are easily accessible by foot or a short bus or train ride.

While the choice is almost endless, if you are going to be based in International Hall or Nutford House, this is just a handful of the things you might want to put on your list for summer.

Relax in St James’s Park

If you’ve chosen International Hall for your student housing, London’s beautiful St James’s Park is not too far away. If you’re feeling energetic you can easily walk, but alternatively you can jump on a bus and save your legs for the park itself.

One of the city’s eight Royal Parks, this is one of my favourite green spaces. That’s not just because it’s surrounded by famous landmarks, like Whitehall, the Mall, the Horse Guards Parade, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace, it’s also for the spectacular floral displays, the lovely lake, and the resident pelicans.

It’s a wonderful place to wander, and when you feel like a rest you can grab a coffee at St James’s Café, or just relax in a deckchair and watch the pelicans at feeding time. And the best thing? It is absolutely free!

A Day at the Museums

From almost any student housing, London’s most famous museums are easy to get to – by foot or public transport. Many of them are free to visit, which means that you don’t have to be in a hurry to explore them because you can come back several times throughout the summer.

The British Museum

If you’re staying at International Hall, the British Museum might well turn into one of your favourite cultural venues. Situated in the Bloomsbury area of the city, it has a permanent collection of over eight million works. It houses some of the most important pieces from British history, as well as an ever-changing schedule of temporary exhibitions from around the world.

The following three museums in South Kensington are all within walking distance of many student accommodation sites, including the very popular Nutford House. You can walk to any of them through the famous Hyde Park in around 40 minutes, or take a short bus ride if you prefer.

The Science Museum

Even if you’re not studying science, the Science Museum is a fascinating place to spend a summer afternoon – for free. You can enjoy a host of interactive permanent and temporary exhibits. With everything from the history of space travel to futuristic technology and gigantic science experiments, this is one of the most visited science spaces in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

Housing over 2.2 million decorative art and design objects, the V&A is the world’s largest museum of its kind. Including displays of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculptures, fashion, paintings and much more, you’ll probably need to pay several visits over the summer to make the most of this massive place.

Natural History Museum

The last of the three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum is housed in a stunning building – and the collections inside are just as impressive. The most eye-catching is the massive skeleton of ‘Hope’, a blue whale, which dominates the ceiling of Hintze Hall. Other displays include the almost-complete remains of a dinosaur, a piece of rock as old as our solar system, and more than 80 million other specimens.

From your centrally based student housing, London’s best museums and attractions are not too far from your doorstep. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make the most of this wonderful city in summer.

At Britannia Student Services our team of friendly advisors have a vast array of knowledge about the London region, so they can advise you on the best location and type of residence to suit your needs. Allow the experts to assist and make sure that your study abroad experience brings you nothing but good memories.

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