It has been four months since I arrived in London. Yes, it is January already and the Lent term has kicked off in all its’ glory. The last semester was packed: I took classes from across departments, began learning French and started working with the students’ union. In this blog, I will tell you about some of the places near LSE that can provide an escape, when the day gets a little overwhelming.
Russell Square is a beautiful public square located near the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). During lunch breaks, you can often find students making their way to the park. Apart from the playful pigeons, tiny fountains, and warm sunshine, Russell Square allows you to experience early Fall colours. It is a brisk 15 minutes walk from LSE. So if you would like a picnic in the park on a school day, you can head out there. If you have some more time to spare, you could also head to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
If you would like something closer, you could also head out to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This public square is located right opposite the New Academic Building. It boasts of a pretty central vista, which reminds me of Lodhi Garden in New Delhi, India. This park is great for a stroll, discounted coffee (remember to ask for a student discount!), watching a game of tennis and taking a break from exam stress.
Somerset House is another quick escape from the LSE madness. It is a neo-classical building which overlooks the Thames. On its premises is a coffee shop, Fernandez & Wells. If you need a warm, non-library kind of study space, this would be my recommendation. Closer to Christmas, when the ice rink is set up, I would find myself strolling down here for a breath of fresh air.
St Clements Danes’ Church
If you are looking at experiencing a slice of London in a limited amount of time, I would recommend visiting St Clements Danes’ Church. It is about a five-minute walk from campus, and sits right in the middle of a busy street. Despite its location, many have described it as a “forgotten building”. The church has beautiful arches, wooden benches and warm lighting.
Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice are located right opposite the St Clements Danes’ Church. It is a court building which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. If you have an hour in-between classes, you could step inside the Royal Courts of Justice to admire the magnificent arches.