Escape the Cold: 10 Fun Indoor Activities for International Students in London

Escape the Cold: 10 Fun Indoor Activities for International Students in London

Categories: 10 of the Best, Camden, Excursions, Kentish Town, London Living


Rain or snow, there's no need to fear! London is full of exciting indoor activities to keep you entertained no matter the weather. We've hand-picked the coolest things to do this winter in the UK capital for international students. Our list includes a mix of free and paid activities, with enough information to help you decide where to go next. So buckle up and get ready for a dose of fun!

Tips: For a list of free museums to visit this winter, check out our quick guide on Instagram (don’t forget to follow our page, please!).

And if you're looking to have fun and explore London with your new friends like a local in any type of weather, be sure to join our student services coordinator, Gen, on her next walking tour.


Feeling the winter blues? Wake up your inner child and get bouncy at adult soft play! London has a few indoor locations where you can run around, laugh with friends, and have the best time of your life. But we've done our homework and researched the top adult soft play for you: KB02.

KB02 has been designed for both kids and adults, and based on the positive reviews (from parents and adult visitors), it's clear that everyone has a blast there. Always remember to check their event calendar and book upfront, as tickets are not available at the door. All adult events are strictly for 18 years old and up, and you will need to bring your ID. Here is a quick summary of what to expect:

  • Three-story soft play frame
  • Private bar
  • DJ/entertainment options
  • Free-to-play arcade room
  • Photo Booth (unlimited photos on weekend bookings)
  • Ticket prices start from £15
  • Upcoming Events: Winter Wonderland, Throwback Thursday, Friday Funday
  • Location: Palmers Green, North London


Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? Then step onto a giant Monopoly board and become a real-life game piece as you roll dice, solve puzzles, and compete to win properties. With its thrilling challenges, captivating atmosphere, and friendly competition, Monopoly Lifesized is the perfect way to avoid cold weather and create unforgettable memories with your newfound friends here in London. You can choose from four exciting boards:

Luxury Board
From the opulent boutiques of Bond Street to the elegant mansions of Mayfair, this board will transport you to a world of glamour and sophistication.

City Board
Navigate through iconic landmarks like Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, and experience the electrifying atmosphere of a true metropolis.

Classic Board
Relive the nostalgia of the original Monopoly board as you step onto the Classic Board. With its familiar properties and nostalgic charm, this board is perfect for those seeking a truly authentic Monopoly experience.

Classic: Own it all
With the goal of owning every property on the board, this edition will push your strategic thinking and competitive spirit to the limits.

Where: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS, London
Price: £49-79 (depending on the time and date you book)


Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then you'll definitely want to visit the famous Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross Station in London. To find this place, simply look for a luggage trolley embedded in the wall in the station concourse. The Platform 9 ¾ trolley is accessible at all hours, and you don't have to pay to take your own photographs. So grab your wand and head to King's Cross Station today (Don’t forget to tag SCL International College in your Insta photos!).

Fun fact: Ever wondered why J.K. Rowling chose King's Cross as the station for students to board the Hogwarts Express? It’s where her parents first met on a train to Scotland!

Once you've got your best shot at Platform 9 ¾, you can head to the nearby Harry Potter souvenir shop to pick up some magical mementos of your visit. And If you get peckish, there are also plenty of eateries and cafés with cosy outdoors terraces at King's Cross Station.



There's a variety of exhibits and performances rotating through the Barbican all year round, and visiting its Conservatory (the second biggest conservatory in London, after Kew Gardens) is a real treat. It's especially cosy in winter when the Conservatory's warm, humid atmosphere provides a comforting contrast to the frosty air outside, while the vibrant greenery and gentle trickle of water create a soothing ambiance.

With fewer visitors during the winter months, you'll have ample space to explore the Conservatory at your own pace and fully appreciate its tranquillity. The vibrant colours and soothing atmosphere of the Conservatory can also have a positive impact on your mood, combating the winter blues.

What’s on?
Ranjani Shettar is an Indian sculptor known for her large-scale installations that combine natural and industrial materials to create immersive environments. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, particularly the landscapes of rural India, Shettar's work explores themes of transformation, adaptation, and the interconnectedness of all things. This artistic exhibition is available until March 2024.

Admission to the Barbican and this exhibit is free; you just need to secure your ticket online in advance.



The O2 Kentish Town provides a unique and unforgettable experience for students eager to explore the heartbeat of London's music scene. This iconic venue, located just a short tube ride from the city centre, offers an eclectic mix of musical genres, from electrifying rock and indie performances to pulsating dance beats and soulful melodies. Whether you're a passionate music aficionado or simply seeking a taste of London's vibrant nightlife, the O2 Kentish Town is a must-visit destination.

Fun fact: The SCL International College Kentish Town Campus is conveniently located just a short walk away from the O2 Kentish Town.

A variety of performances are available all year round including comedy and music. You can find more information and book tickets on the O2 Kentish Town website.


London's theatre scene stands as a cornerstone of its rich heritage and artistic expression. For international students seeking an immersive cultural experience, exploring the world of London theatre is an opportunity to not only enhance their English language skills but also to gain a deeper understanding of British culture and storytelling traditions.

Here is a list of theatre shows that international students will enjoy:

The Lion King: An award-winning musical adaptation of Disney's classic animated film, bringing the African savanna to life on stage with stunning costumes, sets, and music. It follows the story of Simba, a young lion who must learn to overcome his tragic past and take his rightful place as king.

Les Misérables: Based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, this epic musical tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man who is imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Upon his release, he seeks redemption and rebuilds his life, all while being pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert.

The Phantom of the Opera: Set in the Paris Opera House, this romantic musical tells the story of a masked phantom who falls in love with a young soprano named Christine Daaé. He secretly helps her to become a star, but his obsession with her leads to a tragic climax.

Wicked: This prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, Glinda and Elphaba. It follows their journey from childhood friends to bitter rivals, and sheds light on the events that led to their becoming the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Mamma Mia!: Based on the songs of ABBA, this lighthearted musical tells the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young woman who is about to get married. She invites three men who could be her father to her wedding, hoping to discover the truth about her identity.

Tips for Maximising Your London Theatre Experience:

  • Choose plays based on your interests: Explore the diverse range of genres available, from classical dramas to contemporary comedies, rousing musicals or one of Shakespeare's plays.
  • Read reviews and previews: Gain insights into the plot, characters, and critical commentaries of the shows to enhance your understanding and appreciation of live performances.
  • Utilise online resources: Take advantage of online sites such as TheatreLondon and WhatsOnStage to discover upcoming performances, read reviews, and purchase tickets.


Escape the winter chill and ascend to the Sky Garden, London's enchanting rooftop sanctuary. Nestled atop the iconic 20 Fenchurch Street building, the Sky Garden offers an unparalleled escape from the bustling city below, inviting you to wander through meticulously landscaped gardens, soak in the panoramic views, and unwind on an open-air terrace. There is no charge for tickets, but due to limited capacity, reservations are essential. You can book your visit up to three weeks in advance, allowing you to plan your itinerary seamlessly. Don’t forget to check their event calendar as they also host interesting events throughout the year.

Tip: If you want to know where the best views are in London, we recommend you check out our mini-guide on Instagram and don’t forget to share with us in the comments where you go first!

8. Silent discos in London: Dance the night away with new friends

Silent discos are typically large events with a diverse crowd and this makes them a great place for international students to meet people from all over the world. Many silent discos in London are held at iconic venues, such as the Natural History Museum. This gives you the chance to see these landmarks in a new light and experience them in a unique way. Below are two of our favourite silent disco venues in London.

Natural History Museum

For international students seeking an exciting and immersive cultural experience, attending a silent disco at the Natural History Museum in London is an excellent choice. This unique event offers a blend of entertainment, education, and social interaction, making it an ideal way to connect with locals or fellow students from around the world. You can book the tickets online or join their waiting list for future events. Tickets are available for adult students only (18+).

Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Price: £30

Silent Sounds Boat Party on the River Thames

Picture yourself gliding along the iconic River Thames, the city lights twinkling against the night sky, as you groove to your favourite tunes. As you dance on the spacious deck, you'll be treated to breath-taking views of London's most iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and the majestic Big Ben. This is a silent disco on a boat! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy doing, you can check out their calendar and book your slot in advance.

Where: The Dutch Master, The Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4AB
Price: £25 - £35

9. Hollywood Bowl Finchley: A Bowling Paradise for International Students

Hollywood Bowl Finchley is a great place for foreign learners to go bowling because it is a modern and fun venue with a variety of activities to enjoy. In addition to bowling, there is also an arcade, a bar, and a restaurant. The arcade has a wide variety of games to choose from, and the bar and restaurant offer food and drinks. So after unleashing your competitive spirit on the bowling lanes, you can indulge in the classic comfort of a juicy burger, stacked high with fresh ingredients and complemented by crispy fries. Or for a lighter option, sip on a refreshing smoothie, packed with the goodness of fresh fruits and a touch of sweetness.

Where: 225-233 High Rd, Finchley, London, N2 6NA
Price: £11.95 for adults; £9.95 for students


Discover a dazzling array of British and international brands, all housed within an architecturally stunning venue that seamlessly blends luxury and comfort. Located in the heart of Shepherd's Bush, Westfield London is easily accessible by public transportation, making it a convenient destination for exploring the city's shopping treasures. Some of the British brands you can find inside the shopping centre are: Barbour, Boohoo, Burberry, French Connection, Hackett, Hobbs, Jack Wills or The Body Shop, The Perfume Shop, Lush and much more. Plus, there’s a modern cinema and plenty of eateries in the food court.

Vocabulary tip: Who is a shopaholic? A shopaholic is someone who has an excessive interest in shopping and buying things.


Embrace the Winter Wonders of London with SCL’s Guidance and Support

We understand that navigating a new city, especially during the chilly winter months, can be overwhelming. But with our support, you can discover the hidden gems and vibrant experiences that London has to offer. And don’t forget that participating in activities and events is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local culture, meet new people, and expand your social circle. These shared experiences can help you build confidence, overcome language barriers, and create lasting memories that will enrich your time in the UK capital.

If you have any questions, you can fill in our contact form or email us at or find us in London at any of our campus reception desks. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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