As an international student studying in London, I can promise you that anyone who says British food sucks knows nothing about London’s dining scene. I’ve put together a selection of incredible places to enjoy great food near LSE. Whenever you feel that the Fourth Floor Cafe or Garrick are inferior foods for you, be sure to check out this guide and go grab a bite.
(The rating system: 1 being the worst, 5 being the best)
Name: Eat Tokyo 27 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS
Cost: 4/5 Taste + Variety: 5/5 Distance: 4/5 (7 min walk from campus)
Must-try: Chicken Teriyaki Jyu/Bento & Salmon Teriyaki Jyu/Bento
This is a traditional Japanese restaurant offering different Japanese delicacies ranging from sushi to curry to suit your personal palate at reasonable prices. A perfect place to nip out for lunch between classes and enjoy the traditional Japanese glutinous rice. The chicken teriyaki is especially tasty and the bentos are HUGE. Impossible for me to finish in one go. Eat Tokyo really serves great food and it is my NO.1 choice near LSE.
Name: Borough Market 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Cost: 3/5 Taste + Variety: 4/5 Distance: 3/5 (8 min walk from Bankside)
Must-try: Pieminister Moo-dog & Scotch Egg & Goat Milk Icecream
Borough Market is London’s largest and most renowned food market, and it’s just 8 minutes’ walk from LSE Bankside Hall. You can take your food away, or you can find plenty of seats in the market to sit and eat. Some food is quite pricey but it is a popular tourist attraction.
It’s best to go to Borough Market on an empty stomach so you have room to snaffle samples of bread, cheese, olives and many more. Visit Borough Market as part of a leisurely and convivial Saturday and enjoy what the traditional market has to offer.
Name: The Breakfast Club Soho, 33 D’Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EU
Cost: 3/5 Taste + Variety: 4/5 Distance: 3/5 (8 min walk from Rosebery)
Must-try: The Full Monty & All American & Pancakes and Berries
A very popular place to eat and drink after a long hard week. Usually there are super long queues in peak hours so avoid going on weekends! (You can wait for up to an hour for a bite of your breakfast!) The Breakfast Club offers superb value breakfasts to cure your hangover after a night out! However, you can also go for lunch and dinner as they are open all day long.
Tip: Go to the branch in Angel and you never have to wait in a long queue. Just 8 minutes walk from LSE Rosebery Hall!
Name: Pizza Express 99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF
Must-Try: American Pizza
When you have no idea what to eat for dinner, Pizza Express is perfect for either takeaway or sitting and enjoying a meal out with friends. There are Pizza Express branches across London.
Tip: Get your 30% off student discount from Sunday to Thursday using your Totum Card or Unidays ID.
Name: BAO SOHO 53 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 9AS
Cost: 2.5/5 Taste + Variety: 4.25/5 Distance: 3/5 (15 min public transport from campus)
Must-Try: Classic Bao
The original Taiwanese restaurant in London serving, gua bao (刈包), or steamed bun sandwiches, and a wide range of contemporary Taiwanese dishes. Arrive hungry; leave happy. But be warned: as they are a lot smaller than those in Taiwan, you may need to order a couple more to content yourself. It doesn’t take bookings, so be prepared to queue. But overall I really enjoy the buns they offer.
London does offer great food that can feast both your eyes and your stomach, so make sure you explore it to the fullest and create your own foodie map!