East London Student Guide
Things to do in East London
There are only a few museums in the East End of the city such as Rainham Hall, Havering Museum, Ragged school Museum and even a windmill in the Upminster! Or if you wanted to sit and chill then there are a number of cinemas here; Premiere Cinemas, Odeon and Empire cinemas as the main places to go to, every Tuesday has discounted ticket prices, so make Tuesday your movie day!
We have had to mention, one of East Londons most famous streets, Brick Lane and we couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s famous for its Bagel’s, they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so whether it’s a lunchtime treat or after a night out, the Bagel shops will not disappoint. Brick Lane is also well-known for the vast amount of Indian restaurants, they even have people outside promoting their restaurants, they will compete with other places and if you’re in a big group will be sure to give you a great deal, most of them have a bring your own alcohol license too. Brick Lane and the surrounding areas have more than just bagels and curries, the place if full of clubs, bars, pubs, shops and much more, that’s why the place is buzzing all the time!
Clubs and Bars in East London
First up in the East we have the Buddha Lounge, which is the place to go if you like your like your hip-hop music and you like it loud, and you like your drinks served cold, this is the place for you! Some popular acts perform here too, but we won’t spoil who for you, check it out!
Secondly, we have Fiction, a nightclub of the highest order, which has the atmosphere you love, the drinks you need and the live DJ sets that you’ll love too! The club is one of the most popular clubs you’ve ever been to, and you’ll be coming back again and again.
For those of you looking for your rock music and metal music, you should probably head on over to the Church of Rock, which is one of the best places to visit in the East End if you’re looking for a great night out with loud music and an excellent atmosphere! We cannot recommend it enough!
Places to eat in East London
Bleecker St, Spitalfields is a hole in the wall shop, but don’t be fooled, the NY-style burgers are definitely restaurant quality. As the don’t run as a restaurant, costs for them are lower when compared to competitors, and this allows them to charge less too. A standard burger is £7, and their special burger is £9, then with fries chucked in the mix, you’re looking at around £10!
Whitechapel is home to Lahore Kebab House. Don’t expect doner in a pitta here; they do things a little different, actually a lot different! They have a range of Punjabi grills and curries, it’s best to come here with a group, so you can order bits and bobs so that you can have a nibble at all the different flavours. You will struggle to spend over £10 here for food between a group of you, and they also have bring your own alcohol (BYO) license, and with an off license next door, they really do have a perfect set up.
Randy’s Wing Bar in Hackney Wick used to operate as a pop-up food stool, but with huge queues, they realised it was time for a shop! In the summer, they have seats outside so you can enjoy some wings next to the Canal. All plates of wings are £7.50 each, so if you and a few friends get down to Randy’s, sharing a few dishes and drinks, you will be looking at around £10!
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London's centrepiece for the 2012 Olympic games has now a huge variety of activities. There are many different attractions, parks and gardens for walks, bike rides and tours. The London stadium, home to West Ham FC is located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, so you are able to see top flight football as well as other sporting events.
Bounce, not your usual bar, it's completely kitted out with table tennis tables. A group of friends would book a table and that comes with table service and ball boys/girls so you won't need to leave your game! Prices start from £10 per group.
Theatre Royal Stratford East
The Theatre Royal Stratford East is home to London's longest running free comedy show, which is every Monday! There are other shows for the rest of the week like musical and theatrical performances which are still very reasonable, prices start from around £12.