The London Edition
Throw the over-priced, usually burnt, plastic cup in the bin and head to one of our recommended places to study. Handpicked to ensure caffeine-induced creative juices can freely flow.
1. British Library
Of course the list has to start off with The British Library – we’re promoting hardcore academic studying here! It is home to over 150 million items and is the world’s second greatest book collection. Only a short walk from King’s Cross station and for members completely free to enter. Membership is available for students and the general public over the age of 18 via online pre-registration. The tightly controlled reading rooms mean that there is no chance of procrastination. Water bottles and bags must be dropped off in the cloakroom and pencils are the only writing equipment permitted, eek! So, if you are looking for a great place to quiet study in complete concentration, we’ve found it.
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
‘Tea, coffee, work and play. Reimagined’ is the slogan for Timberyard. The study cafe has two venues for you to choose from and they're usually buzzing with trendy youngsters typing busily away into the evenings. The early bird gets the worm or in this case, the best (and comfiest) seats.
Timberyard, 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9DL
3. Look Mum No Hands
Describing themselves as a cafe/bar/bicycle workshop you might think it’s a strange combination, but, trust us, it works and with it comes plenty of studious students. This hybrid café-workshop is in good company as neighboring Timberyard is just two doors down! The cafe itself creates a quirky atmosphere housing the busy bicycle workshop making it a unique place to study. But don’t worry about rushing to reserve a cramped corner seat here, the tables are large and in abundance with lots of bright light making it the ideal place to get inspired by passing conversations.
49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
Forget Starbucks, forget coffee shops altogether; kick the caffeine habit and try a tea cafe instead. This cute study space comes top of the class for all tea enthusiasts as it hosts a wide variety of both classic and more innovative tea blends. There are plenty of cosy armchairs to settle into so curl up and get battling through those reading lists.
Yumchaa, 9/11 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AQ, UK,
5. Campus London
Campus London refers to Google’s seven-floor workspace. In Shoreditch, London’s renowned hipster territory, you will be overrun with inspiration to get through that dreaded writers block. The trendy space was intended and targeted at entrepreneurs, but with free membership and access to the Campus Café offering unlimited wifi, snacks and refreshments, it’s no wonder it attracts students too. The space is filled with desks, conference rooms and co-working floors, so if you are looking for somewhere to increase you and your study buddies productivity, then here it is!
Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX
6. Friends Of Ours
This cafe in Hoxton, East London, is specifically student friendly. Filled with quiet, comfy alcoves, Friends of Ours is perfect for getting stuck into whatever assignments, exam preparation or reading you need to do. Situated in a peaceful area, you can get away and hide from the crowds of London. When you’re done studying, reward yourself with a browse through the markets and wander around all the vintage shops to find trinkets and treasures.
61 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, N1 6BU
Book shops are always a great place to get your thinking hat on. So why not try studying in the oldest bookshop in the UK? Yes, Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in the UK, so you can only imagine the historic ambiance surrounding you if you are studying here. Leave your gadgets at home, bring your books and a pen and bask in the great works of Wolfe and Dickens. Go discover what it’s like to be back in 1797!
187 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE and St. Pancras Intl., N1C 4QP
Words by Siobhan Cannell