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Top five places to get lunch near campus

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Iylia is a first year BA Global Business Management student. She is president of the Enactus Society, working on projects to tackle UN sustainability goals. Iylia is a Student Ambassador, and has a passion for trying new things.

Studying in central London comes with many perks, one being an endless amount of options on where to grab your next meal. But, how do you pick one that is delicious and student budget friendly for your lunch between classes? I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spots covering just that. All within walking distance from campus. Check it out!

Pizza Union, Spitalfields

A strong contender for the most affordable pizza in London. Pizza Union offers authentic Italian pizza, fire-baked roman style. Prices for classics such as the 12” Margherita pizza start as low as £3.95 and they are over 15 choices available with vegetarian options. The best part? It’s only a one-minute walk away from University House. Perfect for those unexpected pizza cravings.

Photo of margherita pizza for Pizza Union
Margherita pizza (£3.95) and Dolce (£3.20)

Pho Spitalfields

For those looking for a healthy yet delicious option, I suggest you venture to Pho, serving Vietnamese street food. Staples of the menu includes the Phở chin (£10.25) which features tender pieces of beef brisket served in a 12-hour slow cooked broth, perfect for those cold and rainy days. To top it off, I recommend pairing your meal with one of their Vietnamese drinks such as the Cà phê sữa đá, an Iced Vietnamese Coffee with Condensed Milk (£2.95) to end your meal. As a bonus, up to 25% of the menu is vegan-friendly!

Pho's Spicy Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice topped with Fried Egg
Spicy Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice topped with Fried Egg (@phorestaurant)

Bleecker, Spitalfields

Nothing fuels you up better than some classic American burgers in the middle of the day. Bleecker offers just that with a simple yet delicious menu featuring items such as their cheeseburger (£6.75) down to their famed classics such as the bacon double cheeseburger (£11). Although it may look like a normal burger, the taste is anything but normal, so head on over to Spitalfields Market for your bite of the day. A favorite for countless foodies in London.

Photo of burger from Bleecker
Bacon Double Cheeseburger (£11)

Absurd Bird Spitalfields

Look no further for some deep south style chicken wings, waffles, cocktails and more which will guarantee you leaving the restaurant satisfied. Located just ten minutes away on Commercial Street, Absurd Bird offers an array of options alongside some absurd deals such as their lunch deal which features a main dish and a soft drink starting from only £6.95. If that’s not enough, they also offer up to 50% student discount on Unidays!

Dumpling Shack, Spitalfields Market

Last but not least, another Spitalfields market gem offering fresh handmade dumplings to satisfy your cravings. My favorites for you to try out include their signature Shengjianbaos (£10.90) which are pork and leek pan fried soup dumplings and their Spicy Dan Dan Beef Noodles (£8.90) for those who prefer some heat in their meals. Authentic, affordable and most importantly absolutely delicious.

Dumpling Shack
Shengjianbaos (@roseandliquor)

Now that we’ve got your lunch sorted, let us know which one of these were your lunch favorites! #CovUniLondon