Whether you feel like a tourist in London, or you know it like the back of your hand - you're guaranteed to find a hidden gem down every street (and we’ve got the inside knowledge for you!)

Places to Eat and Drink:

  • Shakespears Head - Who doesn’t love a Weatherspoons. If you don’t you're doing it all wrong. With affordable drinks and food, you’ll find many Pearson College London students heading down there after a long day of lectures and seminars. Also, make sure you keep your eye out for vouchers they sometimes give away at the bar, this will make it even cheaper! (5 minute walk) £
  • Ecco Pizza - Right. This is the place to go. You’ll see a lot of students walking around with pizza boxes and that’s because Ecco is extremely cheap - with prices from £3.90 for a whole pizza. Yes, a whole pizza! You really can’t go wrong. I’m still yet to meet a person that doesn’t like Ecco... (2 minute walk) £
  • My Old Dutch - The jazziest pancakes in town, and literally just across the road from Pearson College London, you really can’t miss it! With offers on from Monday through to Friday, it’s definitely affordable for the budgeting student.(1 minute walk) £

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  • Flight Club - With vintage furniture and a built in carousel bar, this place is screaming "edgy". The drinks may be a little on the pricey side, but the experience is definitely worth it. (7 minute walk) ££
  • All Star Lanes - Crimson booths and low lighting, All Star Lanes has an American feel which is also displayed by their mouth watering menu of burgers and hot dogs. Not only can you eat and drink, but you can also bowl at the same time. I would recommend to book a lane in advance so you don’t miss out. (7 minute walk) ££
  • Bounce - Drinks, food and ping pong. What more can you want? This place is always filled with laughter and is a true social hub in London. (17 minute walk) ££

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Places to shop:

  • Brick Lane - Edgier than Lady Gaga's wardrobe, you’ll be sure to find a snazzy outfit at a reasonable price here. Filled with vintage shirts and denim jackets, it’s hard to leave here empty handed. (7 minutes on the train, 15 minute walk)
  • Portobello Road - The world's largest antique market, Portobello road is a must see! With multicultural food stalls and market stalls, it’s a perfect place to wander around in your free time. Don’t forget to visit Cockney’s Pie & Mash to try the traditional East London dish that will keep you coming back for more. (11 minutes on the train, 10 minute walk)
  • Camden - Similar to Portobello Road, Camden is known for its large market which includes clothes, food, bars and much more. It's definitely one of the trendier places in London and is extremely popular with young people and tourists. (12 minutes on the train, 10 minute walk)
  • Oxford Street - Shop till you drop - that’s Oxford Street. Filled with well known high street brands and designers (Selfridges, John Lewis, Topshop...) it’s somewhere you can definitely spend a lot of money. But that’s where your student card comes in, so don’t forget to ask at the till to see if they take TOTUM or UniDays codes. (10 minute walk)

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Remember, don’t forget to look on Wowcher and Groupon for great deals. You’ll be surprised what you can find. Getting a TOTUM card and/or Tastecard will also help you recieve great discounts. You also have a student card, which most places accept, do not forget to ask!