Cultural and academic resources
London offers you an unrivalled range of culture, history, art and leisure.
- around 250 museums and galleries, including world-famous art galleries like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, as well as smaller modern galleries such as the Whitechapel, Saatchi or White Cube. Renowned museums include the British, Victoria and Albert (V&A), Natural History, Design and Science museums, as well as lesser-known collections like the Hunterian Museum (surgical history) and the Horniman Museum (anthropology and natural history)
- mixed performance and exhibition spaces such as the Barbican, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Southbank Centre
- plays and musicals in the West End and Shakespeare's Globe, cinemas in Leicester Square and on the South Bank, and plenty of venues for rock, pop, classical and opera
- the chance to watch, or take part in, all kinds of sport, from tennis at Wimbledon to the annual London Marathon
- the Museum of London, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and walking tours around the neighbourhoods of Charles Dickens or Jack the Ripper.
The Student View
"I chose to study at UCL
because, as a city university, it is surrounded by a hotbed of cultural
activity. Art is everywhere in London. The possibility for it to be seen and
experienced is so accessible for the student of the history of art, which is so
important for a real and meaningful engagement with the subject. The
diversity of the programme really gave me the opportunity to open up a whole
number of academic possibilities that I never knew existed. Not only that, it
also allowed me to pursue my own interests."
Matthew Lord, Third Year, History of Art BA
A selection of websites highlighting some of the cultural resources London has to offer.
The resources for learning you can enjoy in London are many and varied:
- With its countless libraries, archives, cultural spaces and professional bodies, London is the perfect place to find context and support for your studies.
- UCL is in the 'Knowledge Quarter' of London, which includes over 75 academic, research, cultural, media and technology institutions large and small - from Google to the British Library.
- London houses more than 350 public libraries and nearly a third of all the archives in the UK, from the world-famous British and Guildhall Libraries and British Newspaper Archives at Colindale to the National Archives at Kew.
- Free lectures, workshops and exhibitions are offered by institutions like the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution and the Wellcome Collection.
- History of Art students are often taught in galleries, directly in front of the works under discussion.
- Arts and Humanities students benefit from a wealth of cinemas and theatres.
- Law and Politics students are near the UK's seat of government, and can observe debates in the Houses of Parliament or meetings of the London Assembly in City Hall.
- Biological Sciences students have easy access to ZSL London Zoo, the Natural History Museum or the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
- Medical students can take advantage of UCL's various clinical and research institutions, including the Institutes of Child Health, Neurology, Ophthalmology and the Ear Institute. The recently opened Crick, the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe, and in which UCL is a founding partner is also nearby.
- London itself provides a living laboratory for students of geography, civil engineering and the built environment.