With the nicer weather finally here and exams soon to be over, now is the perfect time to take a mini-break and recharge your batteries. Megabus will take you from campus down to London Victoria for under £5 and there’s never been a better time to enjoy the capital.

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Photo: Alexandre Moreau

London is famed for its green spaces, and although it’s hard to narrow it down to just one, Greenwich Park offers the best views of the city. The home of the Olympic Equestrian events, the view from the observatory at the top Greenwich Park is better than any other in the city, a photographer’s paradise, even if it is a bit of a steep climb to the top. The perfect place to take a picnic, watch the world go by and enjoy the scenery.

If you prefer to be more active, you’re never too old for London Zoo. Just outside Regent’s Park, the zoo just opened a £3.6m enclosure for their Sumantran Tigers, allowing for a more up-close and personal big cat experience. Although it can be an expensive day out, there are discounted tickets available for students and you can save a few pounds by booking online too.

London is known for its art, but not all masterpieces are found inside a gallery. While some of Banksy’s works have been torn down or painted over, there are still a lot left in-situ, which make the perfect street art tour. You can pay to do guided trips like this, or you can just use the internet and do it yourself. The ‘Falling Shopper’ in Mayfair is a particular highlight, hidden down an alleyway behind a pub just a stone’s throw away from the Ritz and notorious celeb-haunt Nobu.

After revising hard, it’s definitely time for a break and there’s tons to do in the capital, just don’t spend your whole weekend on the Tube. Come above ground, go for a walk and discover there’s much more to do in London this spring than you might think.