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Your LCF guide to studying in central London

Whether you have moved for university or have lived here your whole life, London can be a tricky city to navigate. London College of Fashion being spread across seven different sites between Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush can complicate things further. Our local area guides help you make the most of your time at LCF.

John Prince's Street

Based in the heart of Oxford Street, John Princes Street (JPS) is LCF’s most central site and is close to many of London’s main attractions, points of interest and of course, shops.  Being surrounded by shops is one of the best, and one of the worst things about JPS. Temptation is everywhere but make sure you sign up to UniDays and register for an NUS card to get your discounts

Likewise, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food options. Keep your eye out for NUS discounts.

Nearest tubes

Take a virtual tour of John Prince's Street

What to see

The Fashion Space Gallery is situated in John Princes Street. The contemporary, free exhibition space presents a changing programme of fashion and design lead exhibitions. Make sure to attend their regular talks, performances and lectures.

The Photographers’ Gallery is a 5-minute walk away from JPS. Student entry is £2.50 or free after 5pm.

The Wallace Collection is a museum featuring 25 galleries, set in a beautiful old townhouse. It’s full of fancy things like French paintings, porcelain pieces and gold boxes and it’s free all year round.

The Wellcome Collection is the (free) home to the “incurably curious” (think medicine meets life and art in the past, present and future). Their ‘lates’ are especially popular so make sure you get there early.

To disconnect

Classes, the tube, and the tourists can all get a bit much at times so make sure you take some time to relax.

Make the most of the Roof Terrace at JPS. It is a haven above Oxford Street – a rare treat in central London.

Cavendish Square, directly behind JPS is a great square for having lunch when the weather is good.

Wander up to, or run around Regent’s Park. Its beautiful rose garden, open air theatre, sports facilities, and boating lake will make you forget you are in London at all.

272 High Holborn

High Holborn (HH) is the main hub of the Fashion Business School. It is also where you’ll find the Student Union, ArtsTemps, and the Blueprint café. It is a 20 minute walk to JPS and 10 minutes to Covent Garden and all that has to offer.

Take a virtual tour of 272 High Holborn

What to see

Not just a shop sells fashion, homeware and gifts from UAL students and alumni. This is a great place to pick up unusual presents, quirky jewellery and great cards.  There are regular open calls for product as well.

The British Museum – a London landmark. Everyone has to visit the British Museum at some point. Being based at High Holborn means you can do so every day if you feel like it.

Somerset House – is a fashion favourite, check out the all year round exhibitions, as well as seasonal events like the summer outdoor concerts and film screenings, and the ice rink in winter.

To disconnect

Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the largest public square in London. Directly behind the HH campus, it is surrounded by beautiful, historic buildings including the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. The Holborn area shows the best of Dickensian London.

So there you have it. That’s our short guide to studying in LCF Central. In the meantime stay tuned to LCF on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook where we’ll update you with more local tips and special offers as we hear about them.


University life is more than just classes so it is important for you to feel comfortable and make the most of your campus and the surrounding areas.  If you have any more tips or advice to share with students tag #LondonLifeLCF