Transforming UCL


Wilkins Terrace & Lower Refectory projects unveiled

12 July 2017

Wilkins Terrace

This week the Wilkins Terrace & Lower Refectory opened to the public, providing two new spaces for UCL students and staff. One a flexible, outdoor social and events space, the other a revamped and rebooted catering facility, with plenty of space to relax, study and collaborate.

The Wilkins Terrace is a brand-new open area, designed to make clever use of the limited space on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus by covering the former Physics Yard, allowing it to remain home to the services that keep the university running, while creating a new outdoor place to meet, chat, enjoy lunch or study. As well as an open space for anyone to use, the Terrace will double as a facility for evening events, film screenings, exhibitions and fashion shows.

Like UCL’s Portico, the Terrace is built from Portland Stone, a sustainable material quarried in Dorset. The high fossil content of the Terrace's stones has already made it a hit with geologists, forming part of the ‘UCL Urban Geology’ tour.

Lower Refectory

Also part of this exciting redevelopment is the newly refurbished and extended Lower Refectory in the undercroft of the Wilkins Building. This will become the largest catering facility on the Bloomsbury campus, with 324 new seats and a variety of food, from salads to fried chicken, and with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Find out more about what's on offer on the Sodexo website: www.sodexoatucl.com/the-refectory

In its first four weeks of opening, the Refectory will be offering a series of incentives to introduce their food selection, including the chance to win a Tassimo coffee machine. Keep an eye on the Food Federation Twitter to find out more.

Refectory opening times


Breakfast: 8.30-10.30

Lunch: 11.30-14.30

Evening: 17.00-20.00

Outside Term Time

Breakfast: 8.30-10.30

Lunch: 11.30-14.30

Evening: Closed