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London College of Fashion

Your LCF guide to studying in west 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.

Lime Grove

Our Lime Grove campus is tucked away in a quiet street in the lively area of Shepherd’s Bush, one of the most diverse locations this side of London. The beautiful brick building is well known by its rustic windows and high ceilings, boasting the true essence of an old-style British school. On sunny days, make sure to capture the beams of light projecting on the walls along the corridors – truly inspiring for those studying photography at this campus.

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Markets

Portobello Road Market

Stretched up along one strip of road, Portobello is the world's largest antiques market, with over 1,000 dealers selling all kinds of antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing. The market is also famous for being one of the locations for the '90s romcom Notting Hill; fans can take a tour around the neighbourhood to explore different spots that appear in the film.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Full of vibrant fabrics, fresh produce, and furniture, this market has proudly become a historical landmark within the west London community, highly recommended for its broad multi-cultural offer. Rumour has it, it's also home to the best falafel in the city!

Museums

Design Museum

With multiple exhibitions and displays, this museum offers an introduction to the history of contemporary design. For those interested in the present and future of product, industrial graphic, fashion and architectural design, this is definitely the place to visit.

Science Museum

Located in South Kensington, this museum has become one the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually. If you're having a creative block, head here to dive into incredible scientific achievements and watch documentaries on a huge screen at their IMAX Cinema.

Victoria & Albert

The V&A is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, home to a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. This is the ideal spot if you’re looking to immerse yourself in artistic beauty and impressive works of art, including a replica of Michelangelo’s David, the greatest sculpture of all times. The exhibitions are also worthy to keep an eye on, ranging from many diverse topics, like fashion, gaming, food and technology.

Natural History Museum

Another scientific spot in South Kensington, but in this case mainly dedicated to the animal and natural world. At this world-renowned museum, you’ll get to meet an endless number of living and extinct species, from lions, giraffes and blue whales to dinosaurs and mammoths. They also host yoga sessions at the main hall, inspired by the museum’s connection to the natural world.

Live music and entertainment

West London is home to some great music venues and theatres such as Bush Hall, O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireHammersmith Apollo and Lyric Hammersmith. Make sure you check out what’s on at all of them.

Shopping

Worried because Lime Grove is away from the buzz of Oxford Street? Don’t be! Westfield London is just 10 minutes away from the campus, with lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema, making it a top shopping destination in the area. Hammersmith Broadway and W12 Shopping Centre are also nearby.

To disconnect

Being surrounded by nature is essential for those moments when you need to disconnect from your studies for a bit. Luckily, West London is surrounded by green areas, with lots of beautiful parks to go for a walk or have a picnic with friends. Holland Park is undoubtedly on the top of our list, with the Japanese-inspired, highly Instagrammable Kyoto Gardens. We also recommend the huge Ravenscourt Park with a bowling green area; Hammersmith Park with its lovely, peaceful walled garden; Bishops Park, perfect for those who enjoy skating; and London Wetland Centre, and urban oasis for wildlife and people.

Riverside walks along the Thames are also a must in this area. Try walking along Fulham Palace, through Bishop’s Park and then along the river through Wandsworth to Battersea, or simply take a stroll across the Hammersmith bridge to reach Barnes Wetlands, Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common.

So there you have it. That’s our short guide to studying in LCF west London. 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.

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