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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.

Enjoy east London life

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.

On your doorstep (in walking and cycling times)

Infographic for great east London places near QMUL

Eat well whatever your budget

In addition to the grocery shops, cafés and restaurants we have on-site, your parents 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. You can reassure them that you’ll eat well and find pretty much everything you’ll need within a five-minute walk from campus.

If you fancy a takeaway or a meal out with friends, you’ll find different cuisines whatever your budget, whether it’s Nandos, a curry at the almost-legendary Tayyabs, brunch at Foxcroft & Ginger or a Dirty Burger. If you enjoy cooking, you’ll love Brick Lane’s Sunday food market (not to mention its curry houses – Brick Lane is famous for its Bangladeshi cuisine).


As a QMUL 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.

(Photo by Alvin Leong)

You’ll have access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sporting complex, which hosted the London 2012 Games. It’s the largest new urban park in Europe

Arts scene

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).


If you’re here in July, you’ll also have a great music festival on your doorstep: Lovebox is a two-day festival in Victoria Park with a star-studded line-up (in 2017, it was headlined by Frank Ocean and Solange).

“The more I got to know east London, the more I loved it. The Columbia Road Flower Market was one of the prettiest places I had ever visited”

Amy Clements, University of Melbourne, autumn 2015

(Photo credit: Chmee2 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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