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Here at Goldsmiths we're lucky to have some of south-east London's best cafés and restaurants, right on our doorstep

Cakes on the counter of one of New Cross's cafes
Photo: Annie Kruntcheva

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

Where to go

 

Cafés

Thirty Five 

Thirty Five offers a range of fresh sandwiches, salads and hot food. It also serves Costa Coffee along with indulgent cakes and shakes. During cinema opening times, cocktails, beers and wine are also served alongside popcorn and sweets for you to enjoy during the film. Thirty Five is located in the Richard Hoggart Building next to the SU shop.

Find Cafe Thirty Five.

Chinwag

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!

Find Chinwag on Google Maps.

Goldsmiths Café

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. 

Find Goldsmiths Café on Google Maps and on the Web.

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. 

Find The London Particular on Google Maps and on the Web.

Out of The Brew 

This cosy arts café near Deptford Town Hall offers a full menu of coffee, homemade cakes, and even craft ale if you’re looking for something a little stronger.

Find Out of The Brew on Google Maps and on the Web.

Birdie Num Nums

Voted the ‘Best Café’ in New Cross and Deptford, it’s no wonder this café is so popular. Pay them a visit for brunch, and if you fancy something different, order their Turkish Apple Tea.

Find Birdie Num Nums on Google Maps.

Mughead Coffee

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.

Find Mughead Coffee on Google Maps.

Restaurants

The Thailand

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.

Find The Thailand on Google Maps.

Cinnamon 

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.

Find Cinnamon on Google Maps and on the Web.

Meze Mangal

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.

Find Meze Mangal on Google Maps and on the Web.

Phosmiths

Phosmiths is a relatively new Vietnamese Canteen located directly opposite Goldsmiths library. They offer authentic Asian food, specialising in Bahn mi, and Pho, like it says on the tin.

Find Phosmiths on Google Maps and on the Web.

Royal Buffet

The Royal Buffet  has you pick from a variety of salads, pastries, freshly cooked food, and more. Takeaway containers start at £3.50, and this restaurant offers Halal, Vegan, and Vegetarian options.

Find Royal Buffet on Google Maps.

Fat Slice

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.

Find Fat Slice on Google Maps.

Takeshi Sushi

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.

Find Takeshi Sushi on Google Maps.

Karri Twist

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. 

Find Karri Twist on Google Maps.

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. 

Find the Marquis of Granby on Google Maps.

The 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. 

Find The New Cross House on Google Maps and on the Web.

The Fat Walrus

The Fat Walrus is another favourite amongst 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.

Find The Fat Walrus on Google Maps and on the Web.

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. 

Find The Amersham Arms on Google Maps and on the Web.

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.

Find The Rose on Google Maps and on the Web.

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.  

Find The New Cross Inn on Google Maps and on the Web.

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 hosts a DJ on Friday nights, live music on Sundays, and a challenging Pub quiz on Mondays.

Find The Royal Albert on Google Maps and on the Web.

Further afield

Street Feast

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. 

Find Hawker House on Google Maps.

Find Lewisham Model Market on Google Maps.

Find Street Feast on the Web.

Bar Story

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.

Find Bar Story on Google Maps and on the Web.

Bussey Building

This former warehouse holds some of the best club nights and music events in sout-east London. Particularly popular for it’s reasonable drinks prices, you’re bound to bump into familiar faces. 

Find The Bussey Building on Google Maps and on the Web.

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.

Find Up The Creek on Google Maps and on the Web.

Frank's Café

The summer months herald the arrival of Frank's, a pop up bar on the top level of a drab multi-storey car park in Peckham. The views from 10 storeys up are definitely worth the journey.

Find Frank's Café on Google Maps and on the Web.

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