Here at Goldsmiths we're lucky to have some of south-east London's best cafés and restaurants, right on our doorstep.
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Whether you're craving a hearty sit-down meal or a quality coffee to go, New Cross boasts some of fantastic food and drink venues in the area. And don't worry, if it's nightlife you're after, you won't have to go far to reach some great pubs and bars just around the corner.
We also have a range of food outlets at Goldsmiths. Find out more about eating and drinking on campus.
Please note, due to Covid-19 activities and venues in this area may be affected by government guidelines.
Where to go
Thirty Five offers a range of fresh sandwiches, salads and hot food. It also serves Costa Coffee along with indulgent cakes and shakes. Thirty Five is located in the Richard Hoggart Building next to the SU shop.
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Just across the road from Goldsmiths, this quirky café has a fantastic menu of great food to get stuck into. Their “bigger-than-your-face” burgers are particularly popular, and the coffee is great too!
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This café is a firm favourite among the staff and students of Goldsmiths. Serving everything from a fry up to jacket potatoes, if the super-cheap tea and coffee don’t put a smile on your face, the friendly staff certainly will.
Mughead Coffee is located on New Cross Road, and is renowned for its incredible cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. They serve Square Mile Coffee, and sell a wealth of coffee paraphernalia right by the front door.
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With two locations in New Cross, including their home at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Arts, a cup of coffee from Red Lion is a common sight around campus. They offer friendly service and a fresh range of fresh, homemade food. This is a great place on campus to socialise with friends or take some quiet time to study.
This café has lovely decor and a calming atmosphere. It is the perfect spot to grab an all-day breakfast or slice of cake with a great cup of coffee.
This surprising little restaurant offers delicious Thai food at bargain prices. Stop by during happy hour (every day from midday to 7pm), and you'll get two courses and a side of rice for less than £5.
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Highly rated by our students as one of the best curries in New Cross, Cinnamon is just around the corner from campus for whenever you’re in the mood for a takeaway.
Meze Mangal offers affordable authentic Turkish meals served in a friendly environment, and has beaten the Ritz for customer satisfaction on Trip Advisor, The restaurant was recently refurbished, but their delicious menu hasn’t changed: the best mezze in South London.
Fat Slice is an independent New York-style pizzeria located in New Cross, wedged between The Royal Buffet and The New Cross House. They make pizzas topped with everything from peas, to mac n’ cheese, served by the slice or as 22-inch pizzas.
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This restaurant offers both modern and traditional styles of sushi, as well as a range of bento boxes. Located on New Cross Road, it may be worth heading down to Takeshi Sushi for Japanese fare at reasonable prices.
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Located near Chesterman House and Dean House, Karri Twist is an Indian restaurant and Shisha Bar. It offers authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary edge, ranging from curries, to kebabs, and more. This restaurant also offers traditional Vegan and Vegetarian Indian dishes.
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Pubs and bars
Marquis of Granby
This local is extremely popular with students, and offers a pool table and reasonably priced drinks. The Marquis is also right across the road from the Goldsmiths library, perfect for a post-revision pint.
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The New Cross House
A popular hub for lecturers and students alike, 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
The Fat Walrus is another favourite with Goldsmiths staff and students. Boasting its very own pub dog, the Walrus offers a wide selection of vegetarian food, a great beer/whiskey selection, and a beer garden.
The Amersham Arms
Hosting live music, comedy nights, and local DJs, the Amersham is a favourite late-night venue. It’s always worth paying a visit to their backroom dance floor if the main pub gets a bit busy.
The Rose Pub and Kitchen
Another pub with a beautiful beer garden, you’ll be sure to run into some of the Goldsmiths crowd here as well. And if you get peckish, their pizza menu is always a winner.
New Cross Inn
With a weekly quiz, open-mic night, and live music, this pub has a jam-packed programme every week, and some of the cheapest pints around.
The Royal Albert
This renovated Victorian freehouse is a Time Out Love London Award Winner. A little further down New Cross Road from Goldsmiths, the Albert usually hosts a DJ on Friday nights, live music on Sundays, and a challenging pub quiz on Mondays.
There is no better way to combine food, drink and music than at these increasingly popular night markets. Visit Hawker House in Canada Water (or Lewisham Model Market in the summer) on a Friday or Saturday evening to sample some of the best street food in London.
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Set underneath the railway arches of Peckham Rye station, Bar Story is a great place for a cocktail, especially during happy hour. The bar also houses New Gallery, an exhibition space showcasing new artists.
This former warehouse holds some of the best club nights and music events in south-east London. Particularly popular for it’s reasonable drinks prices, you’re bound to bump into familiar faces.
Up The Creek
Comedy fans flock to this Greenwich venue for its varied line up of acts. Nervous newbies and well-established international stars often share the same bill.
The summer months herald the opening of Frank's, a pop-up bar and on the top level of a multi-storey car park in Peckham. The views from 10 storeys up are definitely worth the journey.