Study Soundly: The 5 Best Study Hubs in London
London, whilst hosting many a beautiful spot of quiet study escapes, is all too often crowded with traffic, noise, and people.
You have either grown tired of your public library or found that that the study space in your house really isn’t cutting it anymore. But where do you go to study now? The local park is crowded and cold, and you rather wouldn’t pay 100 bucks an hour to ‘gain truly efficiently study in a state of the art, work and study office’.
Luckily for you, we have compiled the 5 best places to escape to in the city of London!
The British Library
The British Library offers an not only access to a vast collection of study material but also to a range of services offered by the library. Whilst it is quite expensive compared to the cheap or free study spaces on the list, a membership to the British Library is very worth it. The following are the services offered upon purchasing members pass.
National Art Library: London
Looking for a beautifully structured and decorated, free to enter study hub? Then the National Art Library is for you. There are free study rooms provided that anyone can enter as long as you follow the guidlines below.
Guidelines of the NAL study rooms:
Your Local Coffee Shop
There are many beautiful coffee shops in London, so all it really takes to sit down and get productive with your studying, is to enter your favorite coffee shop. Whilst the food and drink itself is important when it comes to which cafe you will frequent, you should choose a place that isn’t very busy, so you have space for your possessions, and has decently sized tables or benches to work on. There have been many benefits associated with working in a cafe shop. Here are some of the following
It enhances creativity
A study was done on how noise affects concentration found that whilst high levels of noise hurt your focus, a reasonable amount of ambient noise increases creativity and abstract thinking.
Mental Effort is contagious
The fact is, that there will be other people hard at work in your chosen cafe. A recent study found out that mental effort is in fact contagious. So when you see other students working on their various assignments, you will be encouraged to work on your tasks equally as hard.
Coffee, of course
Unlike the library, when you are in the middle of a several hour cram sesh and start feeling the need for some caffeination, you won’t have to either do without or leave and come back to get your hit. Instead, you can have a waiter or waitress bring it to you. Perfect.
Waterstones is currently the UKs largest bookstore, with a total of 6 floors offering a complete range of literature to choose from. The 6th floor, however, is the most attractive for study, as it contains a cafe for you to really relax and get productive in. Here are the floors and what they contain.
Best sellers, new releases, Click and Collect
Fiction, First Editions and Literary Criticism
Children’s literature and Art
Biography, Humour, Film & TV, Drama, Transport, Spirituality, Health and Self-Help
History & Politics, Military History, Languages, Academic, Social Sciences, Religion, Business and Russian Bookshop
5th View Bar & Restaurant
Wellcome collection houses a reading room, a space that contains over 1000 books and 100 objects to look at and ponder. It is set out beautifully and cozily, with coaches, sofas, armchairs, and desks. Open during all opening hours of the day, it is perfect for one to come in and complete some efficient study, and maybe do a touch of relaxing.
Cafe and Restaurant
Depending on if you are looking for a quick bite to eat and drink, or a full meal to full yourself up, Wellcome has both a cafe and restaurant to suit your needs. The cafe offers various drinks and snacks to keep you going, and the restaurant has a range of meals, from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner for any time of the day you are feeling seriously peckish.
Welcomes library contains over 2 million items to fuel your study needs. The library is completely free to use, all you have to do is sign in as a day visitor.