15 Places In East London You Should Check Out While You’re Still a Student
If you’re a student in East London (or y’know, just London), you should definitely check out these places before you graduate.
Shoreditch’s street food market, with drinks, music and an array of food to choose from. The crowd here consists mainly of 20-somethings buzzing with exciting energy. The perfect place to catch up with friends.
2. Box Park
Literally a shipping container being used as a miniature pop-up mall with street food, bars and independent fashion designers. No more than a 2-minute walk from Shoreditch Overground Station, the perfect place to head to with friends and unwind after a day of lectures, or even scope out the place all on your own at one of their many live music event nights.
3. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
Calling all feline lovers… This is exactly what you have been waiting for. London’s first ever CAT café. At Lady Dinah’s on Bethnal Green Road you can drink your hot chocolate whilst petting your local feline friend.
4. Brick Lane (Market)
Brick Lane Market may as well have invented the term “Sunday Funday” with its buzzing atmosphere of global street food, live performances and independent sellers. Every Sunday, Brick Lane attracts a crowd searching for quirky unique pieces of clothing, jewellery and furniture. Head by when you get a chance.
5. Museum of Childhood
First of all – it’s FREE. Second of all – who doesn’t want to reminisce about a lost childhood, but like, in a really, really cool way? Located in Bethnal Green, the Museum of Childhood offers flashbacks to a moment in time where technology wasn’t an option when in search of entertainment. Scattered with rocking horses and quirky toy-mechanisms, the strangely dark but interesting atmosphere leaves you wanting to wander the museum for hours.
Ping-Pong + Alcohol + Food = A Good Time. Bring your friends and play ping pong in a dark room filled with drinks, food and music. If you’re also craving a bottomless brunch, then this is the place for you! Head to Old Street in East London for a quick game.
7. Spitalfields Market
Filled with cafés, bars, independent shops and restaurants, this is a wonderful place to stroll through on a Saturday afternoon. Spitalfields Market also holds free music and film events.
8. Junkyard Golf
The perfect place to socialise with friends, or even head to for a fun date. Junkyard Golf offers different themed rooms including Bruce – a blockbuster film themed room where you can get a hole-in-one whilst your Jurassic Park fave looks on in the corner of the room.
9. The Book Club
A fairly hipster scene, The Book Club doubles as both a nightclub and day-time lunch spot. Head on over for a fun night in a chilled environment. Located right in the centre of Old Street, The Book Club also offers workshops and art exhibits if the club scene isn’t for you!
10. Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
A speakeasy secret cocktail bar, located behind a secret fridge door in Spitalfields. In fact, this place is so super secret that in order to even be granted entry you must know the secret password (hint: ask for the mayor).
11. Roof East
A rooftop bar decked out with actual igloos (and deckchairs for the more ordinary amongst us), Roof East, located in Stratford, has a chilled vibe perfect for unwinding in the evening with a couple of friends.
12. Campus London (Google)
A free co-working space owned by Google for entrepreneurs with multiple floors and fast internet, book your space here for group or individual projects. Members also gain access to events including mentorship from Google employees and speakers. This place also offers a pool table, showers and even event spaces to hire out. If you’re in desperate need of motivation and inspo, located in Shoreditch this is the place for you.
13. London Cat Village
That’s right – more cats. Another cat café filled with the feline companions of local residents, check out London Cat Village located in Shoreditch for a cosy coffee date with friends, or even if you’re looking to relax on your own.
14. White Cube Art Gallery
Located in Bermondsey, White Cube frequently holds free contemporary exhibitions challenging post-modern concepts and social constructs. The large open white rooms make it easy to take your time browsing and appreciating the individual pieces of art.
15. Look Mum No Hands!
Okay, so this is literally a bicycle workshop… that sells coffee and wine. This. Is. EVERYTHING. A mega fun and quirky workshop with bicycles scattered around in a decorative fashion, Look Mum No Hands! in Shoreditch has tables and serves food and drink if you’re looking for a more alternative environment to work on those assignments.