Food and Drink near the conference

Where to eat around Birkbeck

To help keep the conference fees as low as possible, there will be tea and coffee available but food will not be provided. There will be breaks for lunch and dinner, when you can get food nearby.

There are many cafes and restaurants serving food from all over the world close to Birkbeck. All of our suggestions offer good choices for vegetarians. For simplicity’s sake, we have clustered our recommendations into four geographical areas: East of Birkbeck; West of Birkbeck; South of Birkbeck and North of Birkbeck.

For a map:

East of Birkbeck

The Brunswick Centre, Brunswick Square – entrance from Marchmont, Bernard or Hunter Streets (less expensive – mid range prices)

  • Carluccio’s (a popular gourmet Italian chain – with outdoor seating)
  • Giraffe (a popular world fusion chain restaurant)
  • Tortoise and Hare Noodle Bar (good value East Asian fusion).
  • The Gourmet Burger Company (high class burgers).
  • Patisserie Valerie (cakes, sandwiches, English afternoon teas, daytime only)
  • Strada (wood fired pizzas and pasta)
  • Yo Sushi! (sushi and noodle on a conveyor belt – great fun!).

Marchmont Street (less expensive – mid range prices)

  • Alara (a wholefood shop and vegetarian café, daytime only)
  • Balfour (Italian – with outdoor seating)

West of Birkbeck

Charlotte Street (more expensive)

  • Bertorelli’s (Italian)
  • Chez Gerard (chain French)
  • Passione (top class Italian)
  • Rasa (excellent Southern Indian – specialises in vegetarian and seafood)

Goodge Street (mid range – more expensive prices)

  • Ping Pong (Chinese/ fusion dim sum)
  • Salt Yard (upmarket tapas)
  • Spaghetti House (classic Italian, an old favourite since the late 60s)
  • Tesco Metro (cheap sandwiches and salads)

Torrington Place (less expensive)

  • Planet Organic (self-service vegetarian, wholefood and organic café and shop)
  • Patisserie Valerie (cakes, sandwiches, salads, English afternoon teas, during the day)

Store Street (less expensive – mid range)

  • Co-op Food (sandwiches and salads)
  • Café Deco (cheap pasta, salads, sandwiches and hot food)
  • Koox (salads, soups, miwams, tarts and cakes)
  • Busaba Eathai (curries, noodles, stir-fries, soups and salads)

Tottenham Court Road (less expensive – mid range)

  • Rising Sun pub (fish and chips, burgers, pies and sandwiches)
  • itsu (Japanese sushi, noodles, rice and salads)
  • Eat (soups, hot pots, sandwiches and salads)
  • M&S Simply Food (sandwiches, salads and bakery)
  • The Jack Horner pub (pies, sandwiches, salad and fish and chips)
  • Planet Organic (self-service vegetarian, wholefood and organic café and shop)
  • Leon’s (fast but healthy food – wraps, salads, burgers, rice and veg)

South of Birkbeck

Bloomsbury Way (mid-range prices)

  • Tas (excellent Turkish – but rather noisy)

North of Birkbeck

Euston Road (less expensive)

  • Pizza Express (good pizza chain)

Drummond Street (less expensive – mid range)

  • African Kitchen Gallery (African)
  • Chutneys (Southern India vegetarian)
  • Diwana Bel Poori House (Southern Indian vegetarian)
  • Ravi Shankar (Southern Indian vegetarian)
  • Ambala Sweet Centre (fantastic Indian sweets)

A useful restaurant website: Urban Spoon