For those who are not familiar with the local area around Imperial College, there are many places of interest as well as several food and drink retailers.

Food and drink

Food and drink

Gloucester Road area

The following are some of the retailers located just outside Gloucester Road tube station (the one's marked (*) are a little further away from the station). 


  • Waitrose [Inside Gloucester Arcade]
  • Tesco Express


  • Pret A Manger
  • Starbucks
  • The Patisserie


  • Burger King
  • KFC


  • Byron (Burgers)
  • Nandos (Peri Peri)
  • Garfunkel's (British) [Inside Gloucester Road Arcade]
  • Ask (Italian) [Inside Gloucester Road Arcade]
  • Memories of India(*) (Indian) [A good curry and usual post seminar spot for the London algebraists]
  • MK Bar and Grill(*) (British and European)
  • The Diner (American)

On Campus

Below are a list of food retailers located within the Imperial College South Kensington campus.

  • Maths Common Room [Huxely building, level 5]
  • Junior Common Room [Sherfield building, level 2]
  • Senior Common Room [Sherfield building, level 2]
  • The Library Café (Latest opening hours, baked potatoes)
  • Physics Common Room (Serves the cheapest coffee in South Kensington) [Blackett building, level 8]

For more food retailers and further details on the above, see here

South Kensington area

The following are some of the retailers located outside South Kensington tube station. 


  • Pret A Manger
  • Starbucks
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • La Patisserie da Reves


  • Little Japan (Japanese)
  • Chopstix (Chinese)
  • Billy's (Steak house)
  • Wasabi (Japanese)
  • Carluccio's (Italian)
  • Casa Brindisa (Spanish)
  • Comptoir Libanais (Lebanese)
  • Khan's of Kensington (Indian)
  • Rocca (Italian) [A very affordable Italian selling a range of tasty dishes]
  • Franco Manco (Pizza restaurant) [Specialises in sourdough bases]
  • Oriental Canteen (Chinese)
  • Macellaio RC (Italian) [With an in-house butchery counter specialising in Italian beef cuts]


  • Bosphorus Kebabs

Things to see and do

There are many things to see and do near Imperial, and more generally in London. Find out more here.

If you wish to find out about other local amenities but are unable to do so, please feel free to contact us by email and we can try and help.