Life in New Cross


New Cross has a thriving music and arts scene, fantastic restaurants, buzzing cafes, and a genuinely diverse and eclectic population.

Photo: Annie Kruntcheva

It's also been voted as the best place in South East London for renting, and because we're on a single-site campus you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the local area.

Want to find out more? Read our guide to New Cross or our London Guide 2017.

Where to go


Pubs and bars

New Cross House

A popular hub for lecturers and students a like, it’s a great place to meet after a long day. The beer garden is an added bonus, with sheltered outdoor seating, heaters and table football to make use of in the summer months. 

The Fat Walrus

This pub is the newest addition to the local pub scene and you’ll find a good crowd of people there every night of the week. Fantastic food and a great beer selection.

The Amersham Arms

Hosting live music, comedy nights and local DJ’s the Amersham is a favourite late night venue. It’s always worth paying a visit to their back room dance floor if the main pub get’s a bit busy. 

The Rose

Another pub with a beautiful beer garden, you’re sure to spot some of the Goldsmiths crowd here as well. And if you get peckish at any point, their pizza menu is always a winner.

New Cross Inn

With a quiz, open-mic night and live bands from all over the country, this pub has a jam-packed programme every week, not to mention some of the cheapest pints around. 

The Royal Albert

This renovated freehouse is another Time Out Love London Award Winner. Found a little further down New Cross Road, the Albert hosts a DJ on Friday nights and a live music on a Sunday.




This surprising little restaurant offers delicious Thai food at bargain prices. Stop by for happy hour (everyday from midday-7pm) and you'll be able to get two courses and a side of rice for less than £5.


Highly rated by our students as one of the best curries in New Cross, Cinnamon is just a around the corner from campus for whenever you’re in the mood for a takeaway.

Meze Mangal

Beating the Ritz for customer satisfaction on Trip Advisor, Meze Mangal offers affordable authentic Turkish meals served in a friendly environment. The space was refurbished this year, but what hasn’t changed is their delicious menu: the best mezzes in South London.




Just across the road from Goldsmiths, this quirky café has a fantastic menu of great food to get stuck into. Their burgers are particularly popular, and the coffee is great too!

Goldsmiths Café

This café is a firm favourite among the staff and students of Goldsmiths. Perfect for anything from a fry up to jacket potatoes, if the super cheap tea and coffee doesn’t put a smile on your face, the friendly staff certainly will. 

The London Particular

These guys are renowned locally for their veggie friendly lunch menu (although there’s also plenty on offer for meat lovers too). They’re committed to independent suppliers and also have a cocktail bar next door. 

Out of The Brew 

A new addition to New Cross Road, this arts café serves a full menu of coffee, homemade cakes and even craft ale if you’re looking for something a little stronger.

Birdie Num Nums

Voted ‘Best Café’ in New Cross and Depford in the 2014 Time Out Love London Awards, it’s no wonder why this café is so popular. Pay them a visit for brunch and their Turkish Apple Tea if you’d like to try something different.


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