London has a lot of landmarks. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace are well-known around the world, and you’ll probably recognise the black taxis and red telephone boxes.
But the city is also home to many secrets. Where’s the best place to go for cheap pizza? Where can you meet other students to share ideas and a cup of tea? And what on earth is the ‘Walkie-Scorchie’?
Part 1: 3 Secret Places toStudy
For collaboration: Campus London
Google’s Campus is a magnet for entrepreneurs in London, but it’s also a great place to study. Located in Shoreditch, east London, Campus is in the heart of a vibrant part of the city that always offers something interesting for visitors to do.
But it’s what is inside the building that interests us. Campus has seven floors of workspace and accommodates a range of working requirements, offers free wi-fi and has a café on the ground floor. It will not only accommodate you while you’re preparing for your exams, but it’s likely to give you the inspiration you need for your career.
For quiet study: The British Library
The British Library has one of the largest collections of books in the world, extensive study resources and excellent exhibitions – and it’s conveniently located next to King’s Cross St Pancras station. There are quiet study rooms for over 1,000 readers as well as informal indoor and outdoor study areas. If you need a break, take a tour of the world-famous items located here – such as the Magna Carta, the recording of Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial speech, or handwritten first drafts of John Lennon's lyrics.
Before you can access the reading rooms you will need to sign up for a Reader Pass – it’s easy enough, just remember to bring a proof of address and a photo ID!
For something different: Timberyard
The slogan ‘Tea, coffee, work and play. Re-imagined’ should give you an idea of what Timberyard is all about. It’s a unique, gourmet coffee shop that aims to create an engaging atmosphere for its customers. Timberyard has two locations – one in Old Street in east London and one in Seven Dials, Covent Garden – and is designed to attract a young and curious crowd who like to work and network over a cup of tea. If you have ever enjoyed studying in coffee shops, say goodbye to Starbucks – Timberyard will steal your heart.