- Restaurants

As with pubs there are a ridiculous number of restaurants in the immediate surrounding area, particularly on Drummond Street (for Indian) and Charlotte Street (for everything else). There are hundreds of restaurants in Soho and Covent Garden, about one mile away. Every taste / nationality can be accommodated if you venture further afield. Below we just give a few choice selections sorted by genre which are particularly close to UCL. For the (rich) connoisseur we've included a gourmet section. Vegetarian options are available at almost all restaurants and a number in the Indian section are exclusively vegetarian. Prices vary from £5-£100. (Collated by UCL, HEP group for Boost2014)

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North Sea Fish Restaurant

7-8 Leigh Street

Traditional fish and chips. Has both a sit down restaurant and a separate take away.

Gigs Fish & Chips

12 Tottenham St.

Has some of the best fish and chips in London. Has both a sit down restaurant and a separate take away.

Andrew Edmunds

46 Lexington Street

Small and intimate serving mixed English/European menu that changes daily. Booking is advised.

The Newman Arms

23 Rathbone Street

A pub with food upstairs which arguably serves the best British Pies in London. Pies are the often ignored pinnacle of British food (in my opinion).

The Bree Louise

69 Cobourg Street

Pub popular for its frequently changing real ale and cider selection, and celebrated homemade pies.

Norfolk Arms

28 Leigh Street

A simple gastro-pub. Technically there are many of these around. Try any you see, they are usually quite similar. Some of best ones tend to be further out of the centre though, for example try the Junction Tavern just north of Kentish town.

Burgers (gourmet or otherwise)

Wild Game Co.

65 Charlotte Street

Top notch wild venison burgers and beef dripping fries.


74 Welbeck St

Trendy burger joint, no reservations, just queue for dead hippie burgers and strong cocktails. Interior décor is somewhat like a post apocalyptic graffiti artists dream. See also MEATmarket to the south.

Five Guys

1-3 Long Acre

International chain, but far above McDonalds. Burgers come with a ridiculous amount of toppings. Cajun fries and infinite refill sodas from a machine with 100's of options.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Marchmont St & 15 Frith St.

UK chain, but again far above McDonalds. More of a sit down restaurant than above, but good.

Honest Burger

251-255 Pentonville Rd

London chain, lovely burgers and craft beer


China Town 

Gerrard St./Wardour St./Lisle St./Newport Pl. :

Not technically a restaurant, but an entire area of restaurants, nestled behind Leicester Sq. it takes up a few streets. Full range on offer here from quick takeaway/ streetfood style to full banquet dining to cover all price ranges. Plenty of bars in the local area with Soho being next door. This area also includes many other Asian cuisine restaurants, see the following sections for examples. Also recommended are the Chinese bakeries which can provide either an alternative location for dessert or a savoury snack.


Elena's L'Etoile

30 Charlotte Street

Simple French food in nd old-fashioned dining room with pictures of its thespian patrons. Also next to Pied a Terre, if you want something pricier.

Belgo Centraal

50 Earlham St.

Not technically French, but close enough in style to avoid writing a Belgian section. All the moules frites you can handle and a range of lovely Belgian beers, Rocheforte, Mort Subite, La Chouffe (see it's French language at least).

Brasserie Blanc

8 Charlotte Street

Run by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, a simple brasserie offering hearty French cuisine rather than haute cuisine.


There are at least 10 Indian restaurants on Drummond Street but there's also a healthy supply elsewhere.

The Agra

135-137 Whitfield Street

By virtue of being the closest to the Jeremy Bentham pub and physicists being creatures of habit this is the default Indian of choice for your HEP aficionado.

Diwana Bel Poori

121 Drummond Street

Inexpensive South Indian Vegetarian. Don't let the vegetarian menu put you off, everything here is delicious even if you don't always know what you have ordered.


17 Percy Street

Modern Indian Vegetarian close to UCL.


57 Cleveland Street

Don't be put off by the décor/frontage : this is premier league South Indian cuisine/Dosai. Impervious to the march of the high-street tandoori and the trend for posh Indians serving meat miscellaneous in all-purpose curry sauce. Unchanged in 30 years with 1970s prices to match: a bargain.

Palms of Goa

12 Charlotte Street

South Goanese dishes.


12 Upper St Martin's Ln

Vintage Bombay-style cafe with marble tables and ceiling fans, serving all-day Indian street menu.


Franco Manca

Tottenham Court Road

Specializes in soughdour based pizzas. Fairly cheap and very delicious.

Pizza Express

7 Charlotte Street & 10 Dean Street

A chain but very good pizzas  - especially the new Pinglestone. The Dean Street restaurant doubles as a Jazz Bar.


48 Grafton Way

Very close to UCL : standard Pizza/Pasta chain but reasonably priced for central London and also a good lunch choice.


45 Grafton Way

A warm informal, family-run Sardinian restaurant with a strong seafood representation. The house specialities are spaghetti alla bottarga, salsiccia sarda & grilled steak topped with Sardinian blue cheese.


84 Wardour Street

Fine Pizza and pasta in the heart of Soho.

Zilli Fish

36 Brewer Street

Aldo Zilli made his reputation with cookbooks and for going out on drinking benders with Paul-Gazza-Gasgoigne and Chris Evans in the late 1990s.

Pescatori Fish & Seafood Restaurant

57 Charlotte Street

Plenty of room for bigger parties.


Japanese Canteen

162 Tottenham Court Rd

Simple, stripped back Japanese take-away/restaurant. Does excellent chicken katsu curry and K.F.C. (Korean Fried Chicken). Also conveniently close to the JB (see pubs).

Tokyo Diner

2 Newport Pl.

Simple Japanese cuisine, excellent (and large portioned) katsu curries are recommended.


56 Wardour Street

Fine tangerine décor sponsored by Blackpool FC. Sushi and Noodles in the heart of Soho. Handy stop off when on the Soho pub trail.


14 Hanway Street

Sushi. Unpretentious and authentic.


47, Rupert Street

Excellent Japanese tapas.  Not suitable for large groups (it's tiny).


Han Kang

16 Hanway Street

One of the finest Korean restaurants in London.


11 Rathbone Place

More modern, upmarket and thus expensive than Han Kang.


71 High Holborn

Smart contemporary Korean restaurant with shared tables, open kitchen and charcoal barbecue.


227 High Holborn

Traditional Korean basement restaurant with carvings, varnished partitions and table-top barbecues.



56 Maple Street

A family-run Cypriot paradise : blink and you'd think you were in Nicosia.


80-82 Great Titchfield Street

Turkish : a favourite place for kebabs and also has belly dancers,


La Perla

11 Charlotte Street

Tapas, tacos & quesadillas are all present & correct in a lively and entertaining atmosphere as well as copious amounts of Mexican beers and tequilas.  Has a separate bar downstairs.


19-23 Charlotte St

Mexican street food from a Masterchef winner.

Cantina Laredo

10 Upper St Martins Lane

Traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, with signature guacamole prepared at your table.

Spanish / Tapas

Salt Yard

54 Goodge Street

A wine and Tapas bar.

Ember Yard

60 Berwick Street

Sister restaurant of the Salt Yard.


26 D'Arblay St

Informal tapas bar with stools at wooden counters, wines, sherries and leche y leche coffee.


67 Charlotte Street

The antithesis of the modern styled Salt Yard : no contemporary design or chrome finishes here. Booking advised.


Thai Metro

36 Charlotte Street

Also good for lunch.

Siam Central

14 Charlotte Street

Good food opposite the Fitzroy Tavern.


22 Store Street and 100 Wardour Street (Soho)

Another Alan Yau classic - The Thai calamari is a gem. Best if there are not so many of you since seating is done ad-hoc on large shared square tables holding 16.

Gourmet / Get a New Mortgage

London has many Michelin starred restaurants. As you might expect a full tasting menu experience can set you back well over £100 per person. Many however offer lunchtime menus or discounted 2-3 course deals. If you want to experience this end of the market you will need to book in advance and look for deals if you do not want your wallet/purse to haemorrhage money.


8 Hanway Place

Michelin starred for over a decade and the first of Alan Yau's London ventures. Gourmet Chinese at least an order of magnitude more expensive than a Chinese takeaway. Much beloved of footballers wives. Approach road is narrow so amble idly to ensure maximum frustration to the Bentley and Ferrari owners.

Gauthier Soho

21 Romilly Street

Feels more like a private home than a restaurant: you have to ring the doorbell to gain admittance & are ushered into one of two small dining rooms with fireplaces. Excellent 1* dining, from Alexis Gauthier who used to run another 1* restaurant Roussillon.


48 Greek Street

Fine French dining in a 18th century Georgian town house. Under new ownership in early 2014, hopefully the renovations are complete.

Pied A Terre

34 Charlotte Street

Michelin starred French restaurant. When it isn't open (Sat lunch/Sunday) you can try its amusingly named sister restaurant l'Autre Pied.


3 South Place Hotel

If you want excellent seafood then this hotel restaurant is an excellent Michelin level choice.