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UCL Foodie's top 10 places to eat on and around campus

14 October 2015

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London is one of the culinary capitals of the world, and with so much choice on offer, finding the best local spots to dine at can prove a tough task.

Thankfully, UCL Foodie, set up and run by recent UCL graduates Zoë Constantinou and Keshvi Gandesha (both UCL Economics), is here to help!

Featuring food reviews by students for students, UCL Foodie's Instagram channel provides regular updates with the best places to grab food and drink on and around campus.

Here's a top 10 countdown of their favourite spots so far, many of which offer student discounts and deals:

1. Benito's Hat

Where: Goodge Street

Ordered: Grilled vegetable naked burrito (£5.80, £5.10 with student discount) and braised chicken naked burrito (£6.80, £6.00 with student discount)

Review: The service was really good and the owner himself is often around, really friendly and serving at the till! The food itself was delicious and fresh. Would definitely recommend it!

2. Vapiano

Where: Great Portland Street or Wardour Street

Ordered: Scampi and salmon carbonara (both £9.95)

Review: Vapiano is always a favourite! Great quality Italian food at affordable prices, and we loved the unique canteen style.

3. Student Central (ULU)

Where: On campus, opposite Malet Place

Ordered: Pasta Arrabiata (£3.95)

Review: We definitely recommend visiting ULU for lunch - it's great value for money, portions are large and the food tastes great!

4. Leon

Where: Goodge Street

Ordered: Sweet potato falafel hotbox (£5.95) and fish finger wrap (£4.60)

Review: The food was fresh and tasty. The hotbox, in particular, was surprisingly filling. Leon is a great option for lunch, especially if you're looking for something light and healthy.

5. Papaya

Where: Goodge Street

Ordered: Chicken and cashew stir fry (£4.50), chicken green curry (£4.50), chicken with chilli and basil, and sweet & sour mix (£4.50)

Review: A decent place for lunch on the go while revising. Would definitely recommend the green curry - very tasty and the large portion makes it good value for money! We also recommend the rice, rather than the noodles.

6. Roti King

Where: opposite Euston Station

Ordered: Chicken murtabak roti (£5.00) and chicken noodles (£6.50), roti tissue (£4.00)

Review: Delicious! The food was tasty, arrived quickly and was amazing value for money - authentic Malaysian street food at street food prices! We definitely recommend it, especially the roti tissue dessert (pictured) for a post-exam treat!

7. Planet Organic

Where: Torrington Place

Ordered: Medium hot food box (£5.50)

Review: If you're anything like us, you find it hard to eat and snack healthily during revision time! Planet Organic is great because it's a healthy alternative to a regular meal deal, and so close to UCL. The food is hot, fresh, tasty and really good value for money. Make sure you try their soup and fresh bread!

8. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Where: Bedford Way

Ordered: 26" margherita pizza (£21.50)

Review: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is a great place to chill, with karaoke, bowling lanes and ping pong tables. The pizza was good and it was massive so we could share it between six of us while bowling - each slice was bigger than our heads! Definitely worth trying once, although we would probably order something else if we were to go again.

9. Busuba Eathai

Where: Store Street

Ordered: Pad Thai (£8.50) and cod fillet stir fry (£9.90)

Review: Always a favourite, with delicious and decent-sized portions! You can also download their Busaba app - it means you can pay/split the bill with friends directly from your phone, and you get £5 off your bill!

10. Gail's

Where: Bayley Street

Ordered: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast (£8.00)

Review: Really tasty brunch and very good value for money! The café prides itself on its food being all freshly made and organically sourced, where possible.

Follow UCL Foodie on Instagram for more, and tag your local food experiences with #uclfoodie for a chance to be featured.

Note: All opinions are those of UCL students, published by UCL Foodie, and are in no way endorsed by UCL. All information is subject to change.