With all the beautifully warm weather we’ve been blessed with lately, there’s nothing better than enjoying some delicious food outside while soaking up the sun. But, sometimes, it can be hard to decide where to go with all the options around SOAS. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of my go-to places to eat outside.
1. Caffe Tropea
A great Italian cafe right in the middle of Russell Square. It has lots of tables outside in the park and indoor seating if it gets too cold or windy. On warm days, I would recommend getting some gelato.
2. Momo’s Garden Cafe
It’s a park cafe at Gordon Square with only a few tables, but you can sit on one of the many park benches if they’re all taken. It’s a quiet place that offers a peaceful break from the city’s bustle. For such a small place, they provide a good amount of options, including soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes, and coffee or cold drinks.
3. The Square in front of Euston Church (Lever and Bloom/El Jugo Bar/Falafel Stall)
These three stalls are located in the square between SOAS and Euston Church. As it’s only a minute away from SOAS, it’s perfect if you have limited time between lectures to get a quick lunch. El Jugo Bar has a few tables or plenty of benches to sit on.
Lever and Bloom offer delicious coffee with cinnamon and Nutella rolls, while the falafel stall next to it has excellent wraps. El Jugo Bar is a good option if you’re looking for a healthier pick-me-up, and you can choose the combination of fruits you want in your smoothie or milkshake.
4. Thursday Farmers’ Market
One of the highlights of my Thursdays is having lunch at the Farmers’ Market before my 2 pm tutorial. The name is a bit deceptive as it’s more of a world cuisines fair than a farmer’s market! There are sweet and savoury crepes, Greek food, baked pastries, fresh pasta, and more! I haven’t tried all the stalls yet, but I’ve particularly enjoyed the chicken katsu for lunch and a red velvet brownie cheesecake for dessert from the stall next to it.
5. Whitfield Gardens
Whitfield Gardens is a square with seats and a view of a colourful mural, 5 minutes away from SOAS. There are takeaway places around it, such as Hiba for Lebanese cuisine or PaStation for Italian. PaStation has a 20% student discount, while Hiba has a lunchtime meal deal that consists of a salad, wrap and drink. Vantra Eden offers a vegan selection of food for vegans, including mushroom curries and non-dairy milkshakes. Also, on weekdays until 3 pm, there’s an international food market with a few stalls including Thai and Spanish food.
Have a nice sunny lunch!
Agustina Villalba is a Digital Ambassador currently studying for a BA in Social Anthropology.