January is traditionally a month for looking after your pennies, with most of us feeling the financial effects of a fun-filled festive season.
Fortunately, while London is often branded as an expensive city, there are in fact an abundance of free things to do. Pure Student Living has compiled a list of ways you can enjoy yourself in the city without having to part with any money.
Depending on the weather, there are few better ways to enjoy London than a stroll around one of its many spacious, leafy parks.
There are many to choose from, but it is the large Royal Parks in central London that attract the most visitors with their fascinating regal and architectural history.
Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, St James’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Greenwich Park are all included among these, and each offers a variety of attractions, pleasant strolls and city views to enjoy.
Of course, our very own Pure Highbury has its own green space close by, in the form of picturesque Finsbury Park.
London is famed for its museums, with many famous buildings given over to celebrating a truly diverse range of interests.
The most famous museum in London is the British Museum, which attracts millions of visitors every year and has a collection so large it is impossible for it all to be displayed at once. Comprised of artefacts collected by British explorers through the ages, it is one of the most fascinating places to visit in the city.
West London residents may be intrigued by a trio of well known museums in Kensington, each of which warrants a day trip in its own right. The Science Museumprovides an enlightening history of British advances in the field, while the Natural History Museum covers everything from ancient plants and animals to the ways in which our planet has changed through the ages.
The Victoria & Albert Museum offers a wider range of exhibits, focusing on various achievements in art and design from around the world in 150 ornate galleries spanning seven floors.
Greenwich may be a little way outside the city centre, but it’s certainly worth it to visit theRoyal Observatory, most widely known as the site of the Prime Meridian, the source of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Across Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum gives an insight into a time when London was a significant port city, as well as detailing the many seafaring expeditions undertaken by British explorers.
London is a fascinating city for any art lover, with galleries housing everything from renaissance masterpieces to modern commissions.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is the place to go if you want to travel back through time and see pieces from artists whose reputation is known around the world. Spanning the 13th to the 19th century, the gallery displays work from painters such as Constable, Renoir and van Gogh.
The National Portrait Gallery is close by, and devotes itself to paintings of famous figures throughout history, many of which have their own fascinating back story.
Just down the Thames from Westminster, the Tate Britain showcases the finest British artwork from the year 1500 to the present day. Most famously, it displays exhibits from those nominated for the annual Turner Prize, one of the most coveted art awards in the country.
Residents at our Bankside property are within walking distance of the Tate Modern, which at 4.7 million guests per year is the most visited modern art gallery in the world.
London – a city worth exploring
What we’ve discussed above is just the tip of the iceberg as far as London’s free entertainment is concerned. These are only the most well known examples, there is a whole new thrill in heading out and exploring the smaller spaces that the capital has to offer.
No matter which of our halls of residence you choose, the scope for enjoying your spare time on a budget is endless.