London offers a plethora of cultural activities. There are so many options you could go to 20 different shows a day and still have some left over at the end of the year! The cultural scene is diverse and exciting. Mailing lists can help you stay on top of things. The following pages list someo options for Films, Museums, Music Venues and Theatres.
Address: Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Telephone: 020 7638 4141
Description: Post war complex in Clerkenwell that houses art exhibits, concerts and conferences.
Address: 42 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
Telephone: 020 7739 7170
Description: A quirky east end club holding a wide range of regular social events.
Description: Yearly arts festival in the Bloomsbury neighbourhood.
Address: 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Telephone: 0843 208 1144
Description: Sign up for the readers card even if you don’t want to take books out as you can then study in all areas of the building. To do so you must provide proof of address and ID (preferably a passport, only UK citizens can show their driver's license). Has a decent lunch service.
Address: 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX
Telephone: 020 7405 2127
Description: The former home of Charles Dickens on Doughty street just around the corner from Goodenough. Nice café at the back.
Address: Chinatown, London
Address: 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Telephone: 020 7405 1818
Description: Just off Theobald’s road, hosts wacky lectures.
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Telephone: 020 7872 0220
Description: Museum at Somerset house. Has a good Impressionist collection. Keep an eye out for temporary exhibits.
Address: 18 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX
Telephone: 020 7247 4013
Description: A sensory experience that gets visitors to interact with the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers in a Shoreditch house.
Address: 41 Earlham St
Telephone: 0 844 871 7624
Description: Tiny, brilliant theatre in Seven Dials, with standing tickets at £7.50 and £10 front row tickets released at 10AM every Monday.
Address: 1 Phoenix Street, WC2H 8BU London
Telephone: 020 7836 1077
Description: Sign up on facebook to know what’s going on.
Address: English National Opera, St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES
Telephone: 020 7836 0111
Description: Operas in English, can be more interesting than the ROH in Covent Garden. Last minute student tickets.
Address: 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN
Telephone: 020 7739 6055
Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Telephone: 020 7902 1400
Description: Replica of the original Shakespearian Globe Theatre. £5 to stand and see a play as a groundling.
Address: Barnard's Inn Hall, London EC1N 2HH
Telephone: 020 7831 0575
Description: Glorified think thank off High Holborn. Offers lectures at lunch and in the evenings.
Address: 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Telephone: 020 7520 1485
Description: Free concerts.
Address: 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Telephone: 0870 432 5527
Description: Famous Camden music venue with regular gigs.
Description: Good website to find cheap deals for theatre/musical shows.
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Telephone: 020 7747 2885
Description: Wonderful art museum on Trafalgar Square. Free.
Address: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Telephone: 020 7452 3000
Description: One of the brutalist structures on the South Bank of London, the NT puts on world class productions. If you are under 26, sign up to the Entry Pass program to have access to amazing tickets for £5.
Address: National History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Telephone: 020 7942 5000
Description: Another free museum in South Kensington appreciated by all. Skating rink outside leading up to Christmas. Lates on the last Friday of the month.
Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL
Telephone: 020 7771 3000
Description: Famous venue in Brixton that hosts many big names and some up and coming artists.
Address: 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
Telephone: 020 7494 3654
Description: Independent cinema in Leicester Square.
Address: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Telephone: 020 7300 8000
Description: A hidden beauty off of Picadilly street. Particularly good for the summer art show.
Address: Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT
Telephone: 020 7873 7373
Address: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Telephone: 020 7589 8212
Description: Sign up for shows at GC reception to be entered in a raffle for one of the eight tickets for the GC box at RAH, or book tickets on your own. Definitely try and go to the Proms during the summer, the world's largest classical music festival. Either sit in the GC box or queue up for £5 tickets. A British institution.
Address: Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS
Telephone: 020 7591 4300
Description: Free concerts.
Address: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Description: Concert, dance and talks venue within the Southbank centre. Some free concerts.
Address: Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD
Telephone: 020 7240 1200
Description: The ROH hosts many ballets, operas and other productions through the year. Sign up to their student scheme and have the possibility of getting £10 student standby tickets a few days before a show. Tickets sell fast.
Description: Stage screenings of famous movies with a twist. Immersive theathre. Sign up to the mailing list for more info.
Address: Shoreditch, London
Description: Every first Thursday of the month the independent galleries open their doors for an evening drinks reception.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Telephone: 0844 875 0073
Description: A staple of the South Bank. Has a constantly changing line-up of festivals and markets. Good café spot for studying.
Address: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Telephone: 020 7887 8888
Description: British masterpieces. Free.
Address: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Telephone: 020 7887 8888
Description: Impressive modern art collection. Free. Some paying exhibits.
Address: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Telephone: 020 8463 2000
Description: Huge arena in Greenwhich that hosts many international artists. Big names.
Address: 70 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB
Telephone: 020 7833 1010
Description: Just around the corner from Goodenough on Marchmont street. A pop science motivational shop.
Description: Legendary website chock full of London recommendations. Also has ticket deals on plays and restaurants that are worth checking. Sign up to the mailing list to stay up to date.
Address: Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 2RL
Telephone: 020 7942 2000
Description: World renowned free museum in South Ken. Find the beautiful café to enjoy afternoon tea. Hosts lates the last Friday of every month with activities and special events.