A Student’s Guide to East London
If you’re studying (or thinking of studying) at the University of East London and you haven’t got a scooby-doo about the area, don’t panic – we’ll sort you out. Whether you’re a culture vulture or a fanatical foodie, we’ve got all the lowdown you need to decide whether London’s East End tickles your fancy as the right place to continue your studies.
Main attractions in East London
- The hub of East London since 2012, Stratford’s Olympic Stadium is now home to the Hammers, West Ham United FC. With Premier League footballevery other weekend it’s a great spot for fans looking to enjoy some top-level action
- If you prefer to keep movingrather than watching, there’s the Mile End Climbing Wall a couple of tube stops away from the Stratford campus, and this indoor bouldering and rope climbing centre is a great place for beginners or experienced climbers, with new routes set every few weeks. (Pro tip? Head down on week day afternoons or weekend mornings to beat the crowds).
- Culture vultures will be interested in spending an evening at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, home to the capital’s oldest free comedy show each Monday, as well as a host of other musicals and theatre productions that will have you singing, grooving and wiping tears from your eyes in equal measure!
- Don’t forget to experience one of the East End’s most famous streets, Brick Lane. It’s one of London’s most multicultural areas, famed for its Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, and it’s a great place to start a night out with a big group friends over a pint and a curry. Try not to be intimidated by the hordes of restauranteurs standing on the street outside their properties looking to entice you in – as a rule of thumb, the better curry houses are those that don’t need to have someone standing outside to market their food!
- Curries not your bag? Brick Lane also has a couple of the best beigal shops in town, as well as local favourite Cafe 1001 – the self-described creative playground that serves up fresh food and new music in equal measure.
Restaurants in East London
- If you fancy yourself as a connoisseur of Indian food, you’ll want to venture to Whitechapel to Tayyabs; considered something of an institution.For more than 45 years this place has been cooking the ultimate melt-in-the-mouth lamb chops, as well as authentic curries and daals to tempt those tastebuds.
- Hoxton also has a fantastic taste of Asia that’s well within most student budgets. The pocket-sized Cay Tre is a superpopular Vietnamese restaurant near Old Street, with its traditional ‘Pho’ noodle soups proving exceptionally popular on a cold day or evening. You can even take your Pho away with you for around £3.50 if you need to eat on the move.
- If you’ve slept in and need a little extra-special sustenance why not head to Spitalfields and St John Bread & Wine. This artisanal nose-to-tail cafeoffers generous breakfasts as well as reasonably-priced elevenses cakes – perfect for that late morning pick-me-up after a 9am lecture!
Nightlife in East London
- For those who enjoy RnB and the latest dance anthems, Romford’s Buddha Lounge is the ideal place to let your hair down. Overground services to Romford are plentiful, as well as buses, while a shared taxi back to your student accommodation shouldn’t break the bank either.
- Home of the hipster, Shoreditch offers vibrant and eclectic nightlife, with a great range of bars-cum-nightclubs-cum-pubs likeMcQueen’s, The Old Blue Last and The Book Club. But our tip? Go out with a decent group and no plan – see where the night takes you.
- Finally, if you consider yourself a fully-fledged metalhead then you should definitely check out Church of Rock, which plays host to some of the best rock and metal bands in the capital and beyond and offers a genuinely friendly vibe – no egos here.