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CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide: Things to do near UCL

UCL is not only one of London’s top universities but it is also fabulously located right in the heart of the city. Situated in the Bloomsbury area, around the uni’s beautiful campus buildings you’ll find long leafy walks, green squares and typical Edwardian and Georgian architecture. Oh, and you’re also within walking distance to some of London’s main attractions! From Camden Lock to King’s Cross, UCL students are never far from some of the most famous spots in London. Yet students and London locals are not necessarily looking to visit the Tower of London or go on an open-top bus… instead they want good brunch spots, interesting museums and cool things to do when they’re not hitting the books or commuting. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a guide to the best things to do near UCL to help you get acquainted with this wonderful area.

Where is UCL?

UCL is located in Bloomsbury, a stone’s throw away from Euston and King’s Cross St. Pancras. Just a couple of minutes from beautiful Regent’s Park and the very well-to-do areas of Fitzrovia and Mayfair, there’s plenty of gorgeous streets to stroll down.

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Things to do near UCL

Bloomsbury Farmers Market

Taking place every Thursday from 9am - 2pm, this is one of the city’s lesser-known markets that has some really amazing stalls. As well as picking up some fresh fruit and veg, you can also pop by at lunchtime and treat yourself to something tasty from one of the street food stalls. From sumptuous pasta at award-winning stall Seriously Italian to hearty Indian dosas, the smells wafting from the various pots and pans are enough to make anyone swoon… Best of all, some of the stands issue loyalty cards that mean your 5th or 6th lunch is free - perfect for anyone who lives or works in the area!

The British Museum

You simply can’t live or work in Bloomsbury without making at least one visit to the British Museum. One of the city’s most jaw-dropping buildings, it is a masterpiece of classical British architecture and the best-loved spot in Bloomsbury. The fascinating collection includes everything from Ancient Egyptian artefacts (including the mummy of Katebet) to 17th century Japanese paintings. Easily lose yourself in the big, bright rooms for an entire afternoon before rewarding yourself for all that culture with a slice of cake in the café.

Planet Organic

One of the things we love about the area around UCL is the fact that you often stumble across the most picturesque corners and squares without even meaning to. Take Torrington Place: just steps away from the bustling Tottenham Court Road but seemingly world’s apart. This tranquil street is also home to one of our favourite spots in Bloomsbury: Planet Organic. At this organic supermarket, you can also enjoy a vegan buffet lunch or a juice and students get 20% off, too. Result!

Skoob Books

This awesome second-hand book store has just the kind of higgledy-piggledy vibe that takes a bookshop from a store to a legitimate place to hang out. With shelves spanning all the walls and an old piano sitting proudly in the centre of the place, you can pass a heavenly afternoon perusing all sorts of titles. Best of all, students get great discounts on preloved books!

Wellcome Museum

The Wellcome Museum is home to the medical antiquities collection of 19th century figure Henry Wellcome. Although this is a full-sized museum in a beautiful old building, it has a distinctly cosy vibe thanks to the parquet flooring and softly lit chandeliers. As well as the sprawling permanent collection, including Napoleon's old toothbrush and Darwin’s walking stick, there are often fascinating temporary exhibitions and there’s even a reading room with comfortable armchairs perfect for whiling away a morning with a good book.

Jerusalem bar and restaurant

Ask any Fitzrovia local what’s their favourite place for great grub and fab drinks and they’ll probably say Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s list of achievements is endless. Starting with their epic 8 hour happy hour every Monday-Friday from 12pm-8pm, there’s also their amazing £8 lunch deal (that includes a beer) and their cosy little beer garden which lights up as darkness falls. The cocktails are tasty, the food is uncomplicated and at the weekend the party really heats up. You could basically live at Jerusalem the rest of your life and never want for anything.

Whether you’re living, working or studying near UCL, you’ll want to get the down low on the best stops to hang out, eat, drink and chill in the area. From fascinating museums to awesome eateries, there’s an endless array of great things to do in the area near UCL.

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