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Around campus: our east London


When you live and study with us, you’ll be situated in the heart of east London, one of the coolest areas of the city, a buzzing area full of cafés, restaurants, galleries and bars.

As Londoners, we love east London (or the East End, as it’s often called) for the contrasts it offers. More than anywhere else in the capital it’s an energetic mix of the old and the new: from medieval history to hipster hangouts, from peaceful walks along Regent’s Canal and leafy Victoria Park to Victorian East End pubs, from to late-night music gigs to the coolest art exhibitions, we love east London’s energy and its constant ability to surprise us. There’s nowhere else in London like it.

Eat well whatever your budget

There’s a myth that British cuisine leaves a lot to be desired, but just one day in London would tell you that it is completely unsubstantiated! With cultural communities from across the world coming together in one place, it’s inevitable the food scene is just as varied and exciting!

One of the greatest things about summer is being able to eat al fresco! London is full to the brim of wonderful street food markets, and you’re bound to find one (or two!) things that take your fancy. If you're a foodie, you'll love Brick Lane Market and Spitalfields Market, both just a stones throw away from campus. 

In addition to the grocery shops, cafés and restaurants we have on-site, you will be glad to know that we have several supermarkets very close to campus, so it will be easy for you to cater for your self while you are with us. 

Take home a souvenir...

Not just a foodie haven, Brick Lane is a bustling part of town with eye-popping street art and tonnes of eclectic stalls selling trinkets, records and vintage clothes. On a Sunday morning, you can let the packed crowds carry you down Columbia Road Flower Market, where you can soak up the sights and smells. This one is definitely not to be missed!

The East End is also home to one of the UK's largest shopping malls - the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. Hop on the tube and travel Eastbound for one stop!

Arts scene and culture

The East End is famous for its history and culture. For more than a century, it’s been the home of Britain’s modern art scene. There are galleries everywhere: from the Whitechapel Gallery to the V&A’s Museum of Childhood and the Museum of London’s Docklands. You’ll be living in the middle of one of Britain’s most fascinating heritage sites, walking the streets of Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Zadie Smith.

Nearby, there are two nationally respected theatres: the Hackney Empire and the Theatre Royal Stratford, as well as a fantastic independent cinema, Genesis (which has generous student discounts – and a cocktail bar).


As a Queen Mary student, you’ll be able to join Qmotion, our health and fitness centre. If you want to go beyond campus, there are some fantastic sports facilities for you to explore: the 2012 Olympics took place in Stratford, one tube stop away from our campus, so you’ll have access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sporting complex, as well as the Lea Valley VeloPark and Hockey and Tennis Centre.

"Mile End was refreshing! Very close to the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf and the city centre, yet had its own peaceful canals and green spaces."

Mak, International Migration Law course, Vellore Institute of Technology, 2018.

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