Candy's best alternatives to study outside Bloomsbury

You don't need to come to LSHTM for a spot to study, Candy from MSc Public Health tells us her recommended alternative locations to visit if you fancy a change of scenery from the library locations around Bloomsbury. 
Entrance of Goodge Street tube station
Central London

Barbican Library 

Barbican Centre, photo by Momentum Sign Consultants/Flickr
Barbican Centre. Photo by Momentum/Flickr

Located on level 2 of the beautiful Barbican Centre, the Barbican Library is a place to go if you’d like to be surrounded by resources that detail art and music in your study breaks. The centre is also home to the barbican conservatory which is worth a visit and is as beautiful as the photos. 

Southbank Centre 

National Poetry Library. Photo by Gapfall/Wikimedia Commons
National Poetry Library. Photo by Gapfall/Wikimedia Commons

If you are at the school on a sunny day and want to study, take a leisurely stroll in Soho and walk across Waterloo Bridge to the library nested in Europe’s largest art collection. There are numerous spots to you can make a study space in the facility. The National Poetry Library is one of them and it houses a vast collection of poems and is accessed via the royal festival hall. You aren’t too far from Waterloo station, buses, and food spots so it’s easy to get home and grab a bite to eat during your break. 

Library Lounge Café 

Located on the ground floor of the standard hotel, the Library Lounge Café is the place to go if you want to feel like you are in a library and relaxed social space. There is one rule to follow in your time there: no laptops after 6pm.

The Café at Foyles Charing Cross

The Café at Foyles Charing Cross. Photo by Candy Oluwajana
The Café at Foyles Charing Cross. Photo by Candy Oluwajana


Located on the 5th floor of Foyles bookshop, Charing Cross Road. This location is ideal if you are looking for a coffee or sweet treat to work whilst for a short time. 

East London

Root 25 café 

Root 25. Photo by Candy Oluwajana
Root 25. Photo by Candy Oluwajana

Inviting art deco, a library nook and a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Bow Church. Root 25 is the charity project of Restless Beings. All proceeds go to the charity work of restless beings. On Fridays the café is open till 10pm and this time is used to host Friday lates. 

FWD Coffee

FWD is a coffee house that operates across three locations: Old Street, Shoreditch and Farringdon. The largest of the three shops is on Whitecross Street, which isn’t too far from Old Street. If you are looking for a place to try out a new coffee roast or want to be motivated to work by being in the presence of other people working in coffee shops, check out one of these coffee houses. 

The Common E2

A café designed to function as a co-working space, an art gallery and an architecture design studio. The café holds lots of plants and serves a wide array of brunch choices. It sits in the heart of Bethnal Green. 

Bonus locations - University of London Schools

Queen Mary University London (QMUL) Libraries across East London (Whitechapel, Bow), KCL, UCL, SOAS etc sites.

If you prefer a university library, then signing up to access a neighbouring institution might be for you. Postgraduate students can sign up for SCONUL access to library and library services, this includes borrowing books. It varies for each institution and the link above details the process for QMUL.