Charlotte Evans, LLB Law student:
Starting university can be a daunting prospect and spending the full week drinking and/or attending various Fresher’s nights may not be your cup of tea. I have put together a list of alternative places to visit around London to provide a few alternatives if you start to tire of shouting at your new flatmates over a red beer in Drapers. These also give you the opportunity to get to know people if you don’t always fancy dressing up like a caveman or engaging in foam related dancing!
16 September 2014
Only a 15 minute walk from campus, this is a great place to visit even on the less sunny days. You can rent a pedal boat for less than £5 each, enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips overlooking the lake from the Fish House or rent a ‘Boris Bike’ and cycle around the park.
If the weather’s good, take the tube and watch some of the live street performances. You can see anything from magic tricks to chainsaw juggling and it’s particularly funny if they ask you to join in!
If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday you should try and find the string ensemble, Lotus, who often perform in the Market Building.
This is an obvious one but definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood for some quirky bargains or just fancy browsing all of the weird and wonderful stalls and shops on offer. I would recommend the Lock Tavern for a drink or the Hawley Arms for some good music and potential celebrity sightings.
You can get the Number 8 bus here from Roman Road and it’s a great place to spend a Saturday, particularly if you’re a foodie like me.
The Boiler House Food Hall – On every weekend, this place has stalls selling a massive range of international foods that won’t blow the budget.
Old Spitalfields Market – A great place to browse in or buy quirky gifts or items for your new room.
Beigel Bake, Brick Lane – No one knows which the ‘original’ bagel shop was but I’ve found this one to be a favourite. You can’t live in East London without trying one of the famous salted beef bagels from here. They are amazing!
A great place for a night out as it is far more student friendly than some of the Central London venues. It’s also on the 8 bus route so easy to get back from.
Zigfrieds – I recommend this place if you’re in the mood for a dance without the hassle of a jam packed club and overpriced drinks.
Happiness Forgets - A hidden underground cocktail bar. You may need to make reservations if there are a lot of you but the hidden entrance and chilled atmosphere make this a great place to impress your new housemates!
Be At One (B@1) – Excellent for cheap happy hour cocktails of the alcoholic/non-alcoholic kind between 5 - 7pm . The bartenders are well known for dancing on the bar!
Don't forget to check out our Welcome Week information page and attend the School of Law induction day.