Central Saint Martin’s Library
The brand new library at CSM is an excellent place to study, featuring lockers, group study areas, pattern cutting table, private study booths and tons of books you really can’t go wrong. Plus refreshments are available just downstairs in ‘the street’.
If you’re looking for a slightly more austere option then the British Library is perfect for you. It’s free and easy to get a membership card and the library holds a copy of every single academic book in the world. Massive private study booths, a variety of cafes, the business centre and free internet really make this a great place to study. Plus there are always loads of students from other London universities around to get advice from.
Victoria and Albert Museum
For those looking for arty with their austere the National Art Library in the V+A is the perfect pace to conduct arts based research. And with the museum itself right there, primary research and inspiration is in abundance.
Now that summer’s here (almost!) studying outside can be a fun and different option to consider. There are a multitude of parks to visit in London but Hyde Park makes an excellent start with Speaker’s Corner, the Serpentine lake and gallery, formal gardens and masses of grass to lie in as well as ice cream stalls galore.
Independent Coffee Shops
Last but not least are London’s many independent coffee shops and cafes. With friendly non-commercial atmospheres and plenty of room and time to settle in with your laptop and a friend nothing beats these havens. There are countless shops like these spread all over London so the next time that you’re thinking of heading to the nearest Starbucks, stop and have a quick glance around for something much, much better.