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Updated by Eloise Best on Jun 18, 2018
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6 Places to Go for Some Peace and Quiet in Central London

Is the excitement of the city getting to be too much? Enjoy some peace and quiet at these often overlooked spots in Central London.

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The Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre

Located on the banks of the River Thames, the Southbank Centre is a light, spacious building with plenty of seats scattered around. The higher floors tend to be quietest, making them popular study spots. Large windows give great views over the city, and there's a gift shop on the ground floor.

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The British Library

The British Library

While it can get busy at times, The British Library is still one of the best places to hang out if you want some peace and quiet. You can sign up as a member to get access to the collection, check out one of the free exhibitions, or just relax at one of the many study desks.

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The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection

Located just across the road from Euston Station, The Wellcome Collection is a great place to hang out if you've got a long wait for your train. Check out the collection of fascinating medical items from across the ages, or just relax in the cafe with a drink.

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Daunt Books

Daunt Books

There's nothing like a big old bookshop when you want to get away from it all. Head to Daunt Books, grab a novel, and relax in one of the cosy reading chairs. We guarantee you'll never want to leave.

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Barbican Library

Barbican Library

The Barbican Centre is a huge performing arts centre that's often overlooked by visitors. It's often home to interesting events and exhibitions, and the library is an excellent place to sit down with a map and plan your next move.

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Holland Park Kyoto Garden

Holland Park Kyoto Garden

The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a wonderful haven away from the noise, traffic, and excitement of the city. With plenty of benches and secluded spots, it's a great place for a relaxed picnic before you head back to the main city.