The Top 5 Great North London Museums

When my friends ask me to recommend an area for student housing, London’s northern boroughs are often top of my list for many reasons.

The culture is amazing in this area – from cafes to poetry readings you definitely feel like you’re in the company of the city’s intellectuals and artists. There are many museums that you might not find unless you live locally: here are five that I recommend.

Keats House

Whichever course you choose to study, one of the main reasons for being here will be to improve your English. If Tufnell Park is the location of your student housing, London’s literary godfather John Keats lives very nearby (or at least, his ghost is living nearby!).

My visit here inspired me to take up the challenge of reading some of his poetry. The museum is filled with memorabilia, and the literary centre has a full programme of poetry readings that are free to attend. There are volunteers who run guided tours throughout the day, and the cost of the tour is included in your entry ticket.

  • Distance from Tufnell House: 20 minutes by bus number C11
  • Nearest station: Hampstead Heath Rail Station
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
  • Entry Fee: Discounted entry for students (see website for details)

Freud Museum

The house of another famous resident of Hampstead, Sigmund Freud’s final home, has been converted into an amazing place to visit. I advise combining this with Keats House as you’ll be in the area. You can see Freud’s personal collection of antiquities, his library and his archive.

The curators run a very exciting programme of exhibitions and talks – I attended a couple of the themed tours when I was staying here.

  • Distance from Tufnell House: 30 minutes by tube
  • Nearest station: Hampstead
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5pm.
  • Entry Fee: There is a fee and unfortunately no student discount (see website for details)

Jewish Museum

This collection holds some fascinating religious, social and historical objects that reflect the life of the Jewish community in the UK. I don’t think many international students know about it, but if you’re staying in Tufnell Park, it’s located very close to your student housing. London has a large Jewish community in the north, so a visit to this museum is also a way to learn a bit more about the local residents in this part of the city.

  • Distance from Tufnell House: 15 minutes by tube
  • Nearest station: Camden Town
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 5pm except Fridays when it closes at 2pm.
  • Entry Fee: Discounted entry for students (see website for details)

London Canal Museum

For those who have chosen Tufnell Park for their student housing, London’s Canal Museum is easily accessible and a great way to spend an hour or two. The building used to be an ice warehouse for the famous ice cream maker Carlo Gatti so visitors actually get two experiences here: a tour of the history of canals and the history of ice cream in London.

If you’d enjoy a different perspective on London, the curators organise regular tours of the city’s tow paths. Walking the canal routes is an eye-opening way to explore.

  • Distance from Tufnell House: 15 minutes by tube
  • Nearest station: Kings Cross
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm
  • Discounted entry for students (see website for details)

RAF Museum

You’ll have to travel a bit further to get to Royal Airforce Museum but it’s certainly worth the extra time. The history of military airplanes can be experienced here in the huge hangers where you’ll find all sorts of aircraft parked.

You can fly your own Red Arrow in the flight simulator or pilot a B17 in the 4D theatre. My favourite was the chance to sit in the cockpit of a real Spitfire.

  • Distance from Tufnell House: 40 minutes by tube
  • Nearest station: Colindale
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
  • No entry fee

If you’ve chosen accommodation in Tufnell Park then all these attractions are easily accessible from your student housing. London has a huge number of quirky museums local to most halls of residence, shared flats and homestays. Start your study experience in London with Britannia Student Services. Our great accommodation options and knowledgeable advice will set you up for a successful stay.

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