Situated in green South West London, our campus is surrounded by some of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the city. Just a short journey from the campus you will find wild animals, legendary sporting grounds and stunning contemporary art.
Around 20 minutes’ walk from the campus you will find Richmond Park. It is the largest Royal Park in London and a National Nature Reserve. The Park is a key place for wildlife conservation in this part of the UK, with varied landscapes such as woodlands, hills and ancient trees. Amazingly, it is home to over 630 wild deer that have been roaming the park since 1529. Not something you might expect to see in London!
Wimbledon Tennis Museum
Wimbledon tennis tournament is widely regarded as one of the most important competitions in the world for professional tennis players. Steeped in history dating back to 1877, this museum immerses visitors in stories of the most important players of all time. You may also want to go on the tour, which takes you to the players’ changing rooms and out on to Centre Court itself. Students with a valid student card will receive a discount, with tickets costing around £20. A 20 minute ride on the 493 bus will take you there from the campus.
WWT London Wetland Centre
This wonderful nature reserve is made up of multiple lakes, ponds and gardens. It is particularly good for those who like wildlife watching, with falcons, bats, otters and even lizards found on site. The landscape changes from season to season, and provides a great place to relax away from the busy city. With a student discount you can visit for £9, and it is either a long walk or a short 10 minute bus ride from campus.
Putney is a beautiful district on the River Thames. It lines the water with great cafés, spaces to relax and places to eat. In particular, this area is known for its traditional English pubs, offering flavourful food and drink in comfortable surroundings – perfect for warming up on cold winter afternoons. Sometimes Putney feels like a small village in London.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
This might sound like just another park, but Kew Gardens is a place where contemporary art meets rare botanicals. It is worth going for the art installations and sculptures alone, but the mix of aquatic and botanical gardens are a real treat for visitors of all ages. There is also a treetop walkway that allows you to walk through the canopy, with views across nearby London regions. Entry will cost £13 and it’s a direct 30 minute bus from campus.
Syon Park is also just across the river and regularly has events and illuminations to see.
Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
This entertainment venue is a London institution. For music, comedy and theatre – this is one of the most active stages in the city and it’s only a 20 minute bus journey from campus. Before an event, you can walk down to the river and grab some food at the picturesque Blue Anchor pub. For tickets and directions, visit the venue’s website.
Fulham Football Club
For football fans, you can also take the opportunity to see a Premiership football team in action. It is named the most exciting soccer league in the world and the atmosphere is particularly special at Craven Cottage – the home of Fulham Footbal Club. Regardless of who you support, this stadium offers a unique atmosphere. It is full of heritage and feels intimate. Be sure to act quickly as tickets sell fast.