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Food & Nightlife

London is a diverse city with a diverse food culture. 'Traditional British' is standard heavy pub fare, with shepherd's pie, fish and chips and beer high on the menu, genuine Londoners are just as likely to be found downing Indian curries on Brick Lane and East Asian noodle soups. London is a great place for all tastes and budgets to eat out.

Nightlife is similarly varied across the city. Although pub culture is a big part of British life and definitely worth experiencing, there's no shortage of bars and clubs either, with each neighbourhood of London offering a different experience - Central London offers the glitz and glamour, Camden has a more relaxed vibe and draws big student crowds, and areas like Peckham and Dalston have undergone huge regeneration in recent years and now offer the best in cutting edge dance music. Whatever your tastes, you'll soon find your new favourite nightspot on the streets of London.

Night at the theatre

Dining Help

Kosher and Halal

Very few Kosher items are sold in central London. Waitrose has a very small section for cold cuts and refrigerated/frozen foods, but is very limited. The best area to go is to Golders Green in Zone 3.

Halal food is a lot more common, both in supermarkets and restaurants. Some branches of fast food chains are also halal-only.


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

Vegetarians & vegans

London is very vegetarian and vegan friendly: most restauraunts will have at least one option, marked with a (v) on the menu, and supermarkets also display this information on their products.

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

Student Recommendations

  • Dishoom | Excellent Indian food in a great location - always a NYU favourite! | 5 Stable Street
  • Wahaca's | The best Mexican food in the UK can be found 5 minutes from the Academic Centre. | 19-23 Charlotte Street
  • Little Bay | Gourmet Mediterranean food at relatively low prices. | Farringdon
  • Maoz Vegetarian | Try the meal deal-Falafel, Belgian Chips, and a drink. | 4 Brewer Street
  • Nando's | Like Boston Market, with rotisserie chicken and sides. | several locations
  • Pain du Jour | Delicious sandwiches on toasted baguettes. | Near Bedford Square
  • 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. | Found across the city
  • Wagamama’s | Popular noodle shop chain, fast and only the best ingredients. | Found across the city

  • The Lamb | A stone's throw from Byron and Guilford, this has been a favourite of NYU London students for years. | 94 Lamb's Conduit Street
  • Big Chill House | Large venue with club nights, about 1000 capacity. | 257-259 Pentonville Road
  • Bloomsbury Lanes | US diner style with cheap drinks and bowling all night long! | Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way
  • The Phineas | Situated within UCL, a great place to meet British students with cheap drinks. | UCLU, 25 Gordon Street
  • O'Neill's | Good drinks, we recommend the
    Raspberry Spritzer. | 33-37 Wardour St.
  • Souk Medina | Drinks are exotic and expensive. | 27 Litchfield St.
  • The Rocket | Relatively good food and a large sidetoom for events. | 120 Euston Rd.



  • Harrods | 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


  • Fabric | Frequently voted the best club in the UK, a close walk to the residences. | 77a Charterhouse Street
  • Electric Ballroom | One of the best live music venues in London. | 184 Camden High Street
  • KOKO | Very popular for its student nights on Fridays. | 1A Camden High Street
  • Proud | Iconic club - rather than booths, book your own private stable! | The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road
  • Infernos | More infamous than famous, but worth experiencing at least once! | 146 Clapham High Street 
  • Royal Vauxhall Tavern | The historic heart of LGBT culture in London. | 372 Kennington Lane


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

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