LCF’s High Holborn and John Prince’s Street (JPS) sites are in the very centre of the most diverse and bustling city in the world, but don’t you find that when someone wants to meet you after uni or you’ve got some time to kill you can’t find anywhere to hang out? We’ve collected some tips for things to do on a sunny day in the area, and places to go that won’t break the bank. For more ideas check out our LCF Freshers central London Guide.
Icco Pizza on Charlotte Street is a student classic. It looks a bit like a canteen, with metallic tables and high chairs, but the thin crust pizzas are really good and for a whole 12″ pizza they range in price from £3.50 – £6.70.
Papaya Sushi is a hidden gem; so hidden that we call it Secret Sushi, although the queues at lunchtime prove it’s not a very well kept secret. Nestled in St Anne’s Court, a little passage off Wardour Street, the sushi’s as cheap and fresh as you’ll find anywhere in central London.
Not far from High Holborn is Kozzy Café on Red Lion Street. Also drawing a crowd at peak times this has everything you need if you’re really hungry, with huge jacket potatoes, omelettes and homemade lasagne.
Two Floors on Carnaby Street has a tiki bar downstairs and good cocktails upstairs, with benches outside to help contain the overflow of people who work nearby. It’s always busy in the week but the atmosphere is good and the drinks are better.
Terroirs near Charing Cross is useful to know for entertaining visitors or parents who want to see the more touristy of London’s sights. It’s an oasis off Trafalgar Square, with charcuterie and nice wines at mid-prices. It’s worth booking unless you don’t mind squeezing in to sit at the bar.
Selfridges has just re-opened its roof, The Roof Deck for summer, so escape the crowds by going upwards. There’s cucumber and chilli margarita, watermelon martini and frozen cocktails too, but with a premium price tag.
If you’re taking a walk between from JPS to High Holborn there are a few more unique stop-offs that you might not have noticed.
Pollock’s Toy Museum is on a corner very near Goodge Street station. A tiny compendium of vintage toys in a maze of small rooms. Not very easily accessible as there are a fair few stairs.
Next stop on the way to High Holborn is the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street. The exhibitions show some amazing artwork and it’s often hard not to come out laughing.
In Lincoln’s Inn Fields just behind High Holborn is the Royal College of Surgeons and there you’ll find the Hunterian Museum. John Hunter was a surgeon operating in the 18th century, and was present at the dissection of over 2,000 bodies. His collection of the weird and wonderful is not for those with a weak stomach.
This is an absolutely crazy little cabinet of curiosities, and even if you weren’t ever interested in science you’ll find the displays inspiring. All of human nature is here.
Then finally, on Princeton Street on the other side of High Holborn is Novelty Automation, a kind of museum of mechanical games with a satirical slant. Think pinball machines, arcade games and coin-operated vending machines, so play the ‘Money Laundering’ game where you have to pick up money and deposit it in the city, or ‘Autofrisk’ where you stand in position and the rubber gloves give you a once-over.
So there you have a few things to do when the weather turns nicer, and if you have any suggestions, let us know on social with #LCFLondonLife and we’ll include them. We’ll be updating these guides in Autumn/Winter so stay tuned for updates.
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