London offers a wonderful mix of opportunities to learn, both at university and elsewhere in the city. There are many organisations and institutions that host free events, featuring a mix of speakers, lecturers and exhibitions where you can that will help to expand your knowledge in different areas of interest while you live in London.

Bishopsgate Institute

A two-minute walk from campus, this characterful building is a great place to read, study and relax – any time of the week. It also offers events and talks aimed at teaching people new things. Check their website for updates and more information on the recreational courses offered including subjects such as sketching, photography and London history.

Kings Place

For music and arts talks, Kings Place offers frequent free events. From Professors talking about classical music through to amateur poetry and comedy, it is a lively place with a set of regular attendees who will vouch for the quality of the events. Check the free listings here, along with paid events that you might also consider. Located in Kings Cross, it will take you just 15 minutes to get there on the tube from Liverpool Street.

Wellcome Collection

These talks are perfect for those with an interest in science. All the events are free, but you may still need to book to get a seat. Learn new things about the body, mind and soul with expansive weekly lectures. This is fast becoming one of the most exciting free places to learn in London, so be sure make the most of it. All transport to Euston will get you here, and you can sign-up for events here.

Royal Society

This institution is also known for promoting science among the public. Reviews show that talks often centre around subject areas such as engineering and modern medicine. Among free events, there are frequent lectures hosted by recognisable writers and TV broadcasters. Being one of the most popular institutions in London, you will need to book ahead using the website. Located next door to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, on The Mall near Piccadilly Circus, this area is a hotspot for cultural events.

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