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Students Guide to South Ken

South Kensington offers students an array of budget-friendly activities that blend culture, history, and entertainment. From free museum visits to picturesque parks and eclectic street markets, the neighborhood is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Check out some of the budget-friendly tips and highlights you won't want to miss!

1. Park Picnics and Strolls

When the weather is pleasant, South Kensington's lush green spaces beckon for picnics and leisurely strolls. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens offer picturesque settings for relaxing, people-watching, or catching up on reading. Pack a simple picnic, spread out on the grass, and bask in the tranquility of these expansive parks.

If you're planning a stroll around the park, why not take a look at our GoJauntly walking tours, and find out a little more about your new city, including the 'Story of South Ken'.

2. Silent Disco Extravaganza at the Natural History Museum

Dance the night away surrounded by impressive architecture and ancient exhibits! It's an experience like no other, where you can groove alongside dinosaurs and dance the night away under the iconic blue whale skeleton. 

3. Talks and Workshops

South Kensington is a hub for intellectual discourse and artistic expression. Keep an eye out for some of the talks, workshops, and events happening at various venues. From discussions on science and technology to art workshops and live performances, you'll have the opportunity to engage with new ideas and cultures without straining your wallet.

4. Imperial College Farmers Market

The Imperial College Farmers' Market is a treasure trove of fresh produce, artisanal treats, and international flavors. From gourmet street food to delectable desserts, you'll find an array of options that cater to different tastes and budgets every Tuesday lunchtime. There are plenty of other great cafes, restaurants and bars to explore. 

5. Visit an Exhibition

South Kensington is home to some of the most renowned museums in the world, and the best part? Many of them are free! Whether you're exploring the depths of the Natural History Museum, gaining unique insights into Japanese culture and innovation at Japan House London, or delving into the world of art and design at the V&A, South Ken has something special to offer without straining your wallet. Find out what is on.

6. Transport Tips

Navigating London isn't always a breeze but we think the best way to get to know the area is by exploring on foot. Our Footways walking map links key locations such as mainline stations, cultural venues and shopping destinations with 20 minute to one hour walks. They are also packed with points of interest, some connected to the history of Exhibition Road and its museums. Check it out, or take a look at some of the other alternative ways to explore South Ken!

7. Yoga at the Museum

Take a break from your studies and find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to one of the Museum's galleries while it is closed to the public.

8. Battle against your friends at the Science Museum’s Power Up

Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming experience, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your friends at Mario Kart.

9. Go to the cinema for £5!

The Institut français is home to Ciné Lumière, one of London’s most elegant cinemas within a grade two listed art deco building and a great place for foreign film lovers, as well as talks and events. If you are under 25, you can catch a film for a fiver. 

10. Lates at the Museums

The Science Museum, the V&A and the Natural History Museum all offer the chance to join the Museum's after-hours to explore the museums at night, take part in themed activities and much more. From DJs and karaoke to fascinating talks, Lates are a great chance to meet new friends or to have fun with old ones! Plus, entry is free!

South Kensington is a student's paradise for budget-friendly activities that blend culture, history, and entertainment. Keep up to date with what is on in the area by signing up for our fortnightly newsletter!

Kensington Gardens

Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum.

WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts at Japan House London

Workshop: Screen Print at the Design Museum, Kensington. (Image: Georgia Bosson.)

Yoga at the Natural History Museum

Power Up at the Science Museum