We’ve put together a list of quiet and free places to study in London
We believe a good environment is essential to making the absolute best of your studies and your time in London. That is why we have put together a list of our favourite indoor places to study in London along with the best quiet places to study in London.
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1. Free Places To Study In London
Bloomsbury Coffee House
Bloomsbury Coffee House is a counter service coffee house with plenty of space to work and there are lots of plug sockets and quiet tables to sit at.
As well as a quiet place to work they serve a fantastic brunch until 11.30am and a daily changing lunch of savouries, salads and soups during the week. They bake every single day and very often have gluten free and vegan items available.
Bloomsbury Coffee House is open from 8am every day for breakfast, brunch and lunch. It closes at 4.30pm during the week and 1.30pm at weekends and on bank holidays leaving you free to enjoy all that London has to offer in the afternoon!
Bloomsbury Coffee House is the proud recipient of ‘Best Coffee Place in Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Holborn 2018.’
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2. Free Places To Study In London
Ozone Coffee Shoreditch
Ozone in Shoreditch stands out from the multitude of other coffee houses in Shoreditch because the coffee is delicious and it has lots of countertops, booths and benches for working at. The space is filled with light and the staff are very friendly.
It can get busy at peak times but if you can’t find a table upstairs chances are that you will find one downstairs. The Ozone in Shoreditch is open from Monday to Friday, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
3. Free Places To Study In London
Paper & Cup
Paper and Cup is based in Shoreditch and is essentially a book store with a cafe that throw art exhibitions. Serving very good cakes and coffee it is a perfect little hideaway to quietly study on your laptop, take a break or read one of their gripping novels.
Paper and Cup is a not-for-profit social enterprise created by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am till 6pm, Saturday 9am till 6pm and Sunday 10am till 5pm.
4. Free Places To Study In London
Department Of Coffee And Social Affairs
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs on Leather Lane is a renovated ironmonger. It is a coffee-focused social hub. Leather Lane is their original outlet – they now have an impressive chain with sixteen cafes in London alone. The Leather Lane cafe is divided into two areas by the building’s original brick walls. The structural walls provide five distinct spaces.
There is a meeting room should you need a completely private space to meet and discuss ideas, as well as a private booth and communal seating. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 7am till 5pm.
1. Quiet Places To Study In London
The British Library [Quiet Places To Study In London]
The British Library is number one on our list of quiet places to study in London. Situated across the road from our student accommodation in Cartwright Gardens and within walking distance of our student accommodation in Euston. The British Library has it all, desks to work from, excellent wifi, a selection of cafes and even an outside terrace with lots of tables. We are big fans of outside spaces and recognise how important the environment is to working and studying. That is why most of our affordable student accommodation in London have gardens.
Between periods of study wander the library and view ancient, historical artefacts (including the Magna Carta). Take part in talks and discussions. Enjoy free tours and exhibitions. Sign up for free workshops which include anything from “getting your business online in a flash” to “patent protection”.
The British Library is free to enter and a Reader Pass is available for students and members of the public. Register online for this and do check you have the correct ID with you to avoid disappointment. More information on that here
Reading Rooms Opening Times
Humanities, Science, Rare Books & Music, Business & IP Centre, Social Sciences and Newsroom
Monday 10:00 – 20:00. Tuesday – Thursday 09:30 – 20:00. Friday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:00. Sunday Closed.
Asian & African Studies, Manuscripts and Maps
Monday 10:00 – 17:00. Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:00. Sunday Closed.
Our student apartments on Cartright Gardens are only five minutes walk to St Pancras and Kings Cross underground stations. Close to shops, buses, the British Library and UCL.
2. Quiet Places To Study In London
The National Art Library at The V&A [Quiet Places To Study In West London]
The National Art Library is number two on our list of quiet places to study in London. In our office, we all agree that the best London library in the world to show an International Student Living In London is the National Art Gallery. It looks just like a set from Beauty And The Beast. It is so quintessentially English. This makes for a beautiful backdrop for a quiet place to study in London. We often walk to the V&A from our student accommodation in Earls Court. It is a twenty-five minute walk from Earls Court, or a short bus ride. Escape the busy London life by heading to the library. The only sounds you will hear are the hushed shuffling of librarians.
The National Art Library holds the UK’s most comprehensive public reference collection of literature on the fine and decorative arts including books, journals, exhibition catalogues, auction house sales catalogues, comics, e-resources and much more. Use the library as a quiet place to study surrounded by beautiful books and architecture. Take a look at the beautiful shop and come away with note books to make your study time beautiful.
There are huge windows on one wall of the library which overlooks the John Madejski Garden at the V&A. On a sunny day this garden is a beautiful place to study and will inspire you to do your best work. At Studios2Let we really believe a good environment and the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature is essential to making the absolute best of your studies and your time in London. That’s why of the six-hundred studios we have on our books most of them have shared gardens attached. Whether studying or spending time with friends having a garden on your doorstep (literally) will make your London lifestyle even more enjoyable.
To the left of the library door on entering the library is a rack of labels where you choose your desk. Not all of the desks have plug sockets so try and choose a seat at the end of the desks as that seems to be where the plug sockets are.
The V&A has free Wi Fi which is good and fast. The library is open to everyone and admission is free. To access it’s collections and services you will need to join the library. More information on that process is here
Tuesday 10.00 – 17.30. Wednesday 10.00 – 17.30. Thursday 10.00 – 17.30. Friday 10.00 – 18.30. Saturday 10.00 – 17.30. Closed Sunday & Monday
3. Quiet Places To Study In London
The Barbican Library [Quiet Places To Study In London]
The Barbican Library is number three on our list of quiet places to study in London. In terms of looks The Barbican Library is the opposite of the The National Art Library. The Barbican took three decades to design and build. The library is part of the redevelopment scheme which also contains an arts centre.
The library is housed on the second floor and is free for members of the public to use. The upper level is dedicated to quiet study and the lower level is dedicated to music. Try the plug and play digital pianos if you are in need of a break from your hard work! The Wi Fi is good and the library is quiet.
Surprisingly The Barbican has it’s own indoor garden which is magnificently otherworldly. It is also the second biggest conservatory in London and home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. Perfect for a mini getaway from your quiet studies! The conservatory is open 12 till 17.00 with the last entry at 16.30 – check the website before heading to the garden as it is occasionally closed for private events.
Monday 9.30 – 17.30. Tuesday 9.30 – 19.30. Wednesday 9.30 – 17.30. Friday 9.30 – 14.00. Saturday 9.30 – 16.00. Closed Sunday.
Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury [Quiet Places To Live and Study In London]
Overlooking a beautiful garden square with tennis courts our modern student accommodation in Cartwright Gardens is only twenty-five minutes by tube to The Barbican. If you want to extend quiet places to study in London into your own apartment with outdoor space then take a look at our student accommodation here.
It is unusual for student accommodation in London to have any outside space. At Studios2let we offer affordable accommodation in London and most of our student accommodation comes with beautiful gardens. Our accommodation in Cartwright Gardens has won awards for its beautiful gardens.
We understand that our students are busy with studies which is why we take care of the upkeep of the gardens and all communal areas. Leaving you free to pursue your studies or socialising.
Penywern Road, Earls Court [Quiet Places To Live and Study In West London]
We have modern student accommodation in Penywern Road, Earls Court with gorgeous shared gardens. The perfect place to sit and study in peaceful surroundings and very close to the V&A. The gardens are maintained by Studios2Let, just another perk of renting your student accommodation through us.
The building has a newly landscaped rear garden, a perfect, tranquil place to work or relax. Apartments are light, bright and equipped with desks. Nearby there are plenty of cafes & restaurants as well as being within walking distance of the Natural History, Science and V&A museums.
We provide private accommodation for students and professionals. If you’re studying in London and need information about student accommodation in London please visit our website Studios2let.com. We’d be glad to help and give advice.
For more helpful tips on student living take a look at our post A Guide For International Students Living In West London.