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Exploring LCF's sites: What's around John Princes Street

Side of building with big letters logo of UAL and London College of Fashion
Side of building with big letters logo of UAL and London College of Fashion

Written by
Alexandra R. Cifre
Published date
21 August 2019

Navigating through our 6 sites might be confusing for Freshers, but it also gives students a great opportunity to explore different areas across London. We've been asking current students and alumni for their best recommendations around our site at John Princes Street (aka JPS) and this is what they had to say...

Best coffee shops

Curators Coffee

"I just loved this place when I was studying at LCF. We were working so hard, and sometimes forgot to take a break – coffee helped us A LOT to stay up late! This place makes great coffee with freshly grind coffee beans, and it's away from all the noise and the stress. I have really good memories there with my friends." – Nina Galbe-Delord from MA Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear

Image: Curators Coffee

Workshop Coffee

"I love Workshop because it's a quiet space with really high quality coffee and loose-leaf peppermint tea. The place gives you an elevated feel and it's a nice spot to go for something different than a chain." – Rebecca Merritt from MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion

Best places for lunch


"I absolutely love Rosas! Hands down it's one of my favourite restaurants in London and it's so close to uni. It's reasonably priced and has the best Pad Thai in the world! I make sure to go there thrice a week, and being a vegetarian I think they have a great menu for me." – Sehar Rohira from BSc (Hons) Fashion Management


"Ethos is a very healthy vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant in Oxford Circus, which is a nice change from the fast food chains around JPS. Some of my best memories there include getting vegan cupcakes with friends after a big hand-in!" – Mira Maktabi from BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development

Image: Ethos Foods


"Mildreds is a delicious vegetarian restaurant in Soho. For lunch they have an amazing salad bar, with loads of delicious savoury food. Definitely a must if you're a veggie!" – Christèle Mbosso from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear

Best galleries

The Wallace Collection

"It's very close to LCF and it's one of those places you can find in London by strolling around and get surprised! The main reason for my visit was to see the famous French Rococo painting by Fragonard and I loved it. It's a good place if you need a break and some quiet time from Oxford Street." – Natasha Petruzziello from MA Fashion Cultures

Image: Exhibition 'An Enquiring: Mind Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection'

Unit London

"Unit London's selection is always amazing! I usually got for a visit to check the exhibitions." – Misato Kikuchi from Fashion Media and Communication short course

Best places to go for a walk

Southbank riverside

"I've always found the riverside to have a good combination of busy and calm. Over there, we can see art and architecture, a busker playing light music in the distance, and you can even go down the stairs and walk along the water. The place is truly a representation of London's spirit." – Raahim Khan from BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology: Womenswear

Soho Square

"Soho Square seems like a place right in the centre of bustling Soho and Oxford Street, but to be honest is quite peaceful there. It's not too far from uni so I used to take my lunch there and busk in the sun, read and eat my food. I could always disconnect from everything else!" – Shradha Rai from MA Fashion Journalism

Image: Soho Square

Cavendish Square

"Cavendish Square is a nice little park just behind JPS, perfect to enjoy some greenery and calm your eyes and nerves after long lectures or library sessions. It can get a little crowded during lunchtime, but if you're lucky you can even find a nice and quiet bench to sit." – Liina Vreimann from BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Innovation

The rooftop on JPS

"I like the rooftop because it's almost like a hidden little secret. A few students in my course didn't even realise it's there! It has nice views and I like to go there when I have lunch or just for a break in between classes. It feels like a little escape in the chaos of Oxford Circus." – Aashna Patel from BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Best places to hang out after class


"Sabor offers excellent Spanish food and drinks – their tapas and pasta are amazing! It's my favourite Spanish restaurant in London, and it's so great that it's near our campus." – Meizi Ye from Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

Image: Sabor London

Selfridges Roof Terrace

"Great for after library drinks with friends, with views over central London. I have some great memories here from my first year, mostly of my friends and I rewarding ourselves after a 9-hour library day, when theory and textbooks had driven us all delirious!" – Claudia Brinkworth from BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion