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Food & Nightlife

London is a diverse city with a diverse food culture. Although 'traditional british' is standard heavy pub fare; with shepherds pie, fish and chips and beer high on the menu, genuine londoners are just as likely to be found downing indian curries and east asian noodle soups. London is a great place for all tastes and budgets to eat out.

Students at a restaurant London.
Bangers and mash, fish and chips

Student Recommendations

  • Bombay Bicycle Club | Vegetarian friendly Indian food | 128 Holland Park
  • Food Stalls on Leather Lane | Go during the morning when they have their street market | Clerkenwell
  • Golden Fish Bar | Fish and chips | Farringdon, one block south of Exmouth
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen | Huge variety of different types of burgers and a chicken option | 44-46 The Brunswick Centre
  • Little Bay | Gourmet Mediterranean food at relatively low prices | Farringdon
  • Maoz Vegetarian | Try the meal deal-Falafel, Belgian Chips, and a drink | 43 Old Compton Street/4 Brewer @ SoHo
  • Nando's | Like Boston Market, with rotisserie chicken and sides | several locations
  • Pain du Jour | Delicious sandwiches on toasted baguettes |Near Bedford Square
  • Pret a Manger | Nice atmosphere and good sandwiches and salads | several locations
  • Rosebury Avenue Market | Markets usually held Monday through Thursday at lunch | Farringdon
  • Texas Embassy Cantina | Great Mexican Food | 1 Cockspur St.
  • The Green | Open for lunch and dinner, one can sit upstairs in the dining room or in the bar | 29 Clerkenwell Green
  • Tortilla | London’s version of Chipotle
  • Wagamama’s | Popular noodle shop chain | Fast and only the best ingredients | Found across the city
  • YoSushi | A fun sushi place | Locations all around London, including one in Bloomsbury

  • Al's Bar | Great for sitting outdoors at picnic tables | 11-33 Exmouth Market
  • Big Chill Bar | Large venue, about 1000 capacity | 257-259 Pentonville Road
  • Cheers | Emulates American bar | 72 Regent St
  • O'neill's | Good drinks, we recommend the
    Raspberry Spritzer | 33-37 Wardour St.
  • Souk Medina | Drinks are exotic and expensive | 27 Litchfield St.
  • Sport's Cafe | American bar, Tuesday nights are £1/1pint | 80 Haymarket
  • The Eagle | The original, affordable gastropub | 159 Farringdon Road
  • The Green | Quiet, crowd varies by day | 29 Clerkenwell Green
  • The Rocket | Relatively good food, including | 120 Euston Rd.

  • Harrod's | Ladurée Parisian tea room offers a range of tea, sandwiches and desserts (around £19.95) | 87-135 Brompton Road 
  • Ritz Hotel | Set in a French-themed Palm Court of the hotel and is one of the most famous places to have tea | 150 Piccadilly
  • The National Cafe at The National Gallery  | A great way to relax during your museum trip | The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
  • The Orangery at Kensington Palace | Offers an array of affordable tea, scones, light meals and desserts (range from £9.95 - £16.95) | Kensington Place Gardens, W8
  • The Wolseley | A lot of food, so make sure to bring a friend or two or three | 160 Piccadilly

 Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!

  • Absolut Ice Bar | 30 minutes allotted with one drink included in cover charge | 31-33 Heddon St.
  • Crush | Lots of university students, music varies | LSE East Building, Houghton Street
  • Fabric | Large, features techno music | 77a Charterhouse Street
  • Scala | Popular with younger crowd, open until 6am | 275 Pentonville Road
  • Tiger Tiger | Older clientele, good food, and pub | 29 The Haymarket
  • Walkabout | College night every Wednesday | 136 Shaftesbury Av
  • Zoo Bar & Club | Touristy, but well-known | 13 Bear Street

Dining Help


Very few Kosher items are sold in central London. Waitrosemarket, one of the larger chains, has a very small section for cold cuts and refrigerated/frozen foods, but is very limited. The best area to go is to Golder’s Green in zone 2/3.


You pay a different tax if you sit down to eat at a restaurant than if you order take-out.

Vegetarians & vegans

For information on where you can find vegetarian and vegan friendly selections, visit Happy Cow

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