10 Best Outdoor Spaces to Relax and Study in London

30th March 2015 Joe Graham Accommodation Basics, London Life, Study

As of 20th March, spring is officially here! After spending winter avoiding the great outdoors at all costs, now is the time to begin to re-acclimatise yourself to the elements. The problem with living in London is, with constant tube travel, lectures and busy pubs, it can seem impossible to feel you are truly outdoors. However, the capital is actually packed full of excellent outdoor spaces to study, hang out with friends or just relax and think. Here is a run-down of the best of those spaces.

Hyde Park

Located in the centre of the capital, Hyde Park is one of the best-known London parks. Hyde Park is to London what Central Park is to New York, a huge green space which provides joggers, readers and everyone in between a break from the urban sprawl.

British Library Courtyard

The courtyard at the impressive British Library has everything you need for an afternoon studying in the sunshine; the city’s best reading resource, a great coffee shop and a huge statue of Isaac Newton (influenced by a drawing by William Blake) – so whatever your subject, you’ll get inspiration as well as reading material.

Richmond Park

If you like to do your dissertation preparation surrounded by 650 deer, Richmond Park is the place for you! The 2,500-acre space in West London also has views which are legally protected.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a lovely museum with a fantastic collection, it is also endowed with one of the best outdoor spaces in London which has some great views north towards the Thames.

Epping Forest

This oasis in London, complete with grasslands and woods will make you forget that you are even in a capital city.

WWT London Wetland Centre

You will have to pay some money to benefit from this natural space, but the £7.40 concession admission fee is well worth it for the variety of wildlife and habitats which provide a tranquil background setting to your studies.

Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

You may find being amongst the resting places of literary greats such as Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and William Blake inspiring or a bid morbid. However, Burnhill Fields does provide a tranquil setting despite its proximity to bustling Old Street.

Dalston Roof Park

For a mere £3 you can get a year-long membership to this urban utopia. Situated in the capital’s hipster capital, this park is a very cool setting for your exam revision.

Burgess Park

This vast park is littered with great reading spots. Take your books along to Chumleigh Gardens or the Park Life cafe for the best places to ingest all the knowledge you need.

Keats House Garden

Here is another location which gives you a connection to a London legend. The garden of the great Romantic poet’s former home is a well-kept secret which provides the perfect ambience for getting buried in books or reflecting on your course.

What’s your favourite place to study? Let us know in the comments!

Joe Graham

Joe Graham

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