End your exams in style as summer starts in London

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Exam season is by far the most stressful time of year for students. With so much to revise for and those all important papers to sit, the summer sun streaming through your window can sometimes seem a world away.

However, for those whose exam timetable draws to a close early, or if you just need a break from it all to relax your overworked brain, London offers plenty of free or cheap events for Pure residents to enjoy throughout June. Here are six of the best...

Tennis at Wimbledon and Queen's Club

Summer in London means the return of the Wimbledon tennis championships (June 24 – Jul 3), turning SW19 into the place to be. Only the most avid of fans will brave the infamous queues, but there is always the chance to perch on Henman Hill and take in the atmosphere of one of the great British sporting events.

Of course, before that there is the preliminary tournament at Queen's Club in West London (June 10-16), where you might stand a better chance of getting a glimpse of Andy Murray and co.

Spitalfields Summer Music Festival – June 7-23

An eclectic mix of many different musical styles, there can be few better ways of de-stressing than a day out at one of the many concerts laid on by the Spitalfields Summer Music Festival. Located in the historic East End of London, you can find opera, pop, jazz, folk, classical and world music, while many of the events are combined with food and drink.

Ticket prices for individual events vary, but start at a perfectly manageable £5.

City of London Festival – June 23-26

A highlight of the London summer calendar every year, this arts festival spans the entire city and is sure to provide something to entertain students of all tastes.

The programme includes orchestral performances, a 'singalong walk', and an urban picnic, while right at the heart of the event is a pop-up mobile orchard made up of real and manufactured trees, which will go on a mini tour of the city over the four days.

Chelsea Fringe Festival – continues until Jun 9

A fine example of the kind of typically quirky event that makes London so special, the Chelsea Fringe Festival is a more affordable, student friendly option than the nearby Chelsea Flower Show.

Despite its name, this free event actually showcases many creative garden installations in all areas of London, with intriguing names such as IncrEdibles: A voyage through surprising edible plants and Gnome Invasion giving some idea of what to expect.

Soho Flea Market – June 2

Billed as a 'designer street market', the Soho Flea market exudes all the trendiness you would expect from this famous area of central London. Stalls feature fashion, designer jewellery, art, crafts and film, all of which offers something completely unique for students to take home.

Opening for just one day from 12 noon until 8pm, this is a brief window for all shopaholics to reward themselves for all their hard work with something you won't find at any other London market.

Commons v Lords Tug of War – June 11

One for the politics students here, as representatives from the two Houses of Parliament take each other on in the annual tug of war contest outside the iconic home of UK politics in Westminster.

There are guaranteed to be a few well known names happy to make themselves look silly in the name of the Macmillan cancer charity, and the event usually features a well known media personality to act as commentator. An ideal stopping off point for a summer stroll along the banks of the River Thames.