Top Tips: Eating in London

In the latest in our Top Tips series, our students recommend their favourite places to eat out (and their top tips for eating in!).

Best places to eat locally

The UCO is spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink nearby. But when your stomach is rumbling where should you choose? Our students share some of their personal favourites…

  1. Mustard (local café serving freshly-made sandwiches, salads and hot meals, including prepared-to-order pasta)
  2. Borough Market (prices make this place more of an occasional treat than an everyday option, but it’s a foodies heaven with stalls selling delicious offerings from around the world)
  3. Mercato Metropolitano (fantastic local Italian market with outdoor seating. Perfect for dining al fresco on a sunny day)
  4. Taste of Morocco (just across the road from the UCO, this place serves up delicious kebabs, Moroccan salads and wraps, all in huge portions)
  5. Fruit Tree (another local café serving up salads, sandwiches and wraps, plus fresh juices and smoothies)

"Opposite the UCO there is a lovely Moroccan café (Taste of Morocco) which is decently priced for large portions. It’s amazing. Also Mustard do the most amazing freshly glazed doughnuts. Otherwise if you have time, definitely check out Borough Market to try a range of different things.”

Flavours of Naples (a couple of doors down from the UCO) has a student deal - £5 for a takeaway sandwich or pasta and a drink. The Giggling Sausage is your greasy spoon of choice. Mustard has a really nice mix of food – just be prepared to queue out onto the street!”.

Top tips for eating in

Student budgets make it difficult to eat out all the time. Our students share their tips for creating culinary masterpieces at home…

“Buy a slow cooker. In the morning you can sling almost anything in with a couple of chicken thighs (tinned or fresh veg, stock cubes, pasta, tinned tomoatoes etc) and it takes great at the end of the day without any effort. Or tip a load of veg in with herbs and seasoning then blend into a chunky soup when you get home.”

“All of Joe Wicks’ recipes online are brilliant. Otherwise the BBC website does great recipes too.”

"Learn to love leftovers if you don’t already. Cook a big batch of meet and veg and keep it in the fridge to have food ready for a few days.”

“Go veggie – it saves money!”

“Be creative! Buy in Lidl – super cheap prices compared with other supermarket chains. Rice with vegetables or meat is the perfect combination.”

“Fajitas. So cheap. So good.”

“Download apps for cooking recipes. Make lots and freeze it.”

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