Food and drink


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




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.




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.


This pizzeria is a closer to Deptford than New Cross, but definitely deserves a mention. Hosted inside a converted Routemaster bus, The Big Red serves handmade pizza, pasta and and is a great place for an early evening cocktail overlooking Deptford creek.

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.


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.


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 the some best street food in London. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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