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Funky Buddha Mayfair

6/7 Party Blog 8 Chilango 10/11 China Town To advertise please email:

12 Jo Cooper 14/15 Top deck – Festivals and events 16/17

Editorial Katie Houghton, Shannon, Chilango Tom Ville, China Town

Top deck – Coolest destinations

20/21 Twenty Something London

Charlotte Askew, Jo Cooper Pascale Barget, Twenty Something London Nicola Watson, Student Loans Company Rose Hobson, Wagamama

22 Student Loans


24/25 Wagamama


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Katie Houghton Zigfrid Von Underbelly

11 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch N1 6NU We don’t know if anyone has told you yet, but London happens to be one of the best cities in the world to be a student. With a vibrant hubbub of incredible bars, pubs and clubs, London boasts one of the most diverse party scenes around; with quirky cocktail haunts and exclusive clubs to be found around every corner. Working for DesignMyNight, London’s nightlife inspiration site, I’m incredibly lucky to know a thing or two about what’s hot in London.

Consider yourself of lucid mind? So did a happy-go-lucky bunch of Goldsmiths students when they opened this mecca for creative kids and party tipples. Looking like something of a homage to junk yard sales and antique Punk oddities, Zigfrid Von Underbelly is a buzzing DJ bar and drinking lounge all weekend long thanks to its late night license and vibrant crowd.

Check out my picks for the current top totty when it comes to bars, clubs and pubs in London and map out your absolute must-visits in London…

Drink, Shop & Do 9 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross N1 9DX

I hope you’re ready for some of the most mind-bogglingly fun events that King’s Cross has ever seen. Thanks to this charming little party bar, you’ll be getting knee deep in events such as the ‘Papier Mache Monster Mash’ and ‘Play With Clay 80’s Style’ before you know it. There’s no time for being timid at Drink, Shop & Do where it’s all about getting stuck in, with a slab of cake and cocktail in hand.

House of Wolf 181 Upper Street, Islington N1 1RQ

A cocktail dedicated apothecary, burlesque bound music hall and a Victorian dining parlour; we could go on, but c’mon, House of Wolf is a sight to see yourself. A mesmerising hub for adventurous students, like yourself of course, House of Wolf is a wonderland of Victorian heritage and incredibly cool furniture; perfect for those tickling first dates and special nights out.


Translate Bar 12-14 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 8DA

Oh Translate Bar, with your exposed brickwork, DJ nights, warehouse digs and nitty gritty charm, could you epitomise the cool of East London any more than you already do? Specialising in all things mixology (a fancy word for the art of cocktails don’t you know) Translate Bar not only promise a dapper selection of cocktails, they also sell them in their happy hour offering; two for £12, all day every day!

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Looking Glass Cocktail Club 49 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX

Just because you’re a student, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dabble in some indulgent drinking every now and again, right? Take a trip back through time to the Victorian, baroque confines of London Glass Cocktail Club where some of the most innovative flavours get their chance to shine. A curious, vintage adventure, Looking Glass is the place to spoil your taste buds rotten.

SimmonS 32 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross N1 9DT

Dear SimmonS, you are so beautifully kitsch I could cry. Not only do you promise some of the most chipper happy hours in town, with beer and wine just £2.50 from Monday to Friday, you are choc-a-bloc with vintage wonder. From a retro games corner and up-cycled furniture, to adventurous teapot cocktails and kooky vintage artefacts, this may just be my love letter to you.

Shoreditch Butchery 32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4AW

Lay those handy slabs of meat aside, I’m not inviting you for a night out amongst a bunch of lamb cutlets, silly. An industrial paradise brimming with vintage furniture and eclectic wall pieces, Shoreditch Butchery has too cracking a line-up of regular DJs and creative cocktails to ignore. A cool, late night party hotspot related to XOYO, Shoreditch Butchery is all kinds of New York cool.

1 Big Night Out Verve Bar, 1 Upper Street, Leicester Square WC2H 9NY

So you want a big ol’ bar crawl in London and you want it now? Get to know some cracking London characters and make your way around some of the city’s big name venues on this whistle stop tour of Central London’s nightlife. And what with a free t-shirt, queue jump, free shots, drinks discounts and wait for it…. a free pen, there’s no reason not to go on one of the biggest bar crawls in London.

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Our friends at Twenty Something London, the recommendations website in support of independent businesses, gives us their top picks for student go-to spots. Whether it’s cafés, bars, clubbing or quirky city corners, the team work hard to give the city’s gems an online home. For the latest updates sign up to the weekly guide and don’t forget to get in touch if you ever want to organise a special occasion. They do free event planning and are more than happy to help. Pascale Barget @twntysmthngLDN



Brixton Village

Books for Cooks

Market & Restaurants, Brixton

Book shop & Restaurant, Notting Hill Not your ordinary bookshop, Books for Cooks aims to inspire and encourage culinary passion with their books and cookery classes.They also serve three courses for under a tenner for the inevitable hunger pangs.

One of the best places for cheap eats in London, Brixton market houses TSL favourites Honest Burger, Mama Lans and Seven at Brixton, where you can get amazing food for just over a fiver and there are always new pop ups to discover.


Coronet Cinema

Pub & Live Music, Brixton

Cinema, Notting Hill Originally a theatre and also used as a bomb shelter during the war, The Coronet is now a beautiful independant cinema. Even better, Monday is student night - get a ticket and watch a film in the beautiful old theatre for £3.50!

If you’re looking for somewhere to party in Brixton, like eclectic live music, cheap entry and a great festival feel, Hootenanny’s got you covered. Reggae, Ska, Hip Hop and RnB - you can dance with the like minded crowd till the early hours.



Bar, Peckham

In an old storage tunnel you’ll find lots of fun to be had at this Peckham favourite including 2-for-1 cocktails, spag bowl Mondays, good music on a seriously vintage sounds system giving out whatever music to fit the mood.

Bar, Restaurant & Club, Earls Court Play ping pong, eat pizza, dance, drink cocktails and even visit the barbers at the one and only eclectic Ping - our new go to West London spot for a good night out.


Cafe, Peckham


Chocolate lovers unite (and then head to Peckham) for the best homemade chocolate we’ve found in London. If you leave without trying their utterly perfect hot chocolate your sweet tooth will be disappointed.

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Melrose and Morgan

Cafe & Restaruant, Kings Cross

Cafe, Hampstead

Just opposite Kings Cross station is a top foodie go-to spot for all times of the day. While far from inconspicuous, thanks to its exterior of brightly coloured graffiti, you’ll be surprised how few people know about it. A great gem for the Euston Road.

One of Hampstead’s best hideaways is Melrose & Morgan thanks to their mezzanine that makes you feel like you’re up in a treehouse while surrounded by delicious treats. Essential tasting is their homemade florintines, which are delicious with a coffee.

Coffee Cup

Camden Cycles

Cafe, Hampstead

Bike shop, Mornington Crescent

This charming Hampstead coffee shop has been doing simple but special offerings since 1954. Open till midnight every night of the week, it’s a great place to go for no fuss food or fantastic coffee, especially when you’ve got an imminent deadline and need a late night energy boost.

For everything from reasonably priced check ups to good value bikes, great advice and service, cycling fantatics should get themselves down to Camden Cycles, a firm TSL favourite.



Sevilla Mia

Bar & Club, Tottenham Court Road This underground Spanish drinking den just off Oxford Street is a great escape, serving up cheap, traditional cocktails and live music Monday through to Sunday.


The Bridge

Cafe & Bar, Shoreditch Whether it’s coffee or a drink you’re after, secret East London hideaway The Bridge is the place to go. Baroque seating and French cake consumption optional but encouraged.

Jaguar Shoes

Restaurant & Bar, Oxford Circus

Treat yourself to a cocktail at this award winning restaurant and bar that sits on the fifth floor, boasting three stunning terraces with views across London and a real exclusive feel, despite Oxford Street’s never ending bustle below.


Restaurant & Bar, Tottenham Court Road

Pizzeria & Bar, Shoreditch Going strong for over a decade, Jaguar Shoes has become a shoreditch institution. With ever changing art decorating the walls, awesome themed cocktails and cheap tasty pizza from Due Sardi next door, you won’t want to leave!

The Nest

Paramount restaurant and bar, hidden above central London in Centre Point is worth visiting just for the view. With the tasty cocktail menu, seasonally changing dishes and ‘highest high tea’ in London it’s a great place to go for a special occasion.


Club, Dalston When you want a big night out, The Nest is the place to head. Thursday’s student night ‘Your Mum’s House’ is brilliant (and brilliantly cheap) but weekends are always a hit too as DJs come from all over to get the lively crowd up and dancing.

Cafe, Goodge Street Go slightly off the beaten track from Goodge Street and you’ll find Lantana, an Austrailian cafe serving top class coffee and delicious, multicultural food including their ‘Crack Cake’ so named because it’s so completely addictive.

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15% discount for all student Our seafood festival 2013 of joy start on 10th of September and finish 7th of October 3 course meal early bird menu only £9.95 Express lunch mini meal only £5.95 Free home delivery order over £12 And free large bottle of beer on order over £20 when collected

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agamama is a Japanese-inspired restaurant combining fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money. Dishes are prepared immediately, ensuring they arrive freshly cooked and although dishes may be delivered at different times, the Wagamama philosophy is: don’t wait – just tuck in and share! Wagamama now has restaurants around the UK, including one on Putney High Street, offering Wagamama’s world famous noodles, delicious rice dishes and tasty salads.


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wagamama Chicken fried noodles with sausage Ingredients (Serves 2) 100g Thai-style rice noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten and seasoned 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 100g chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces 50g firm pork sausage, sliced 1 head pak choi, roughly sliced lengthways 1 teaspoon soft brown sugar 1 teaspoon of soy sauce A handful of bean spouts 60g kamaboka-aka sliced 2 spring onions, finely sliced

* Cook the noodles accordingly to the instructions on the packet, drain and refresh under cold water. * Put 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into a hot wok. Add the egg, swirl so that it coats the base and cook for 1 minute. Remove, allow to cool, then roll up and thinly slice. * Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the wok and stir fry the garlic and chilli for 30 seconds. Add the chicken, sausage and pak choi. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is coked. * Add the sugar, soy sauce, beansprouts and kamaboko-aka along with the reserved noodles and the egg and toss so that everything is heated through. * Serve topped with spring onions.


Taken from the wagamama cookbook, available at (ÂŁ14.99)

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