An awesome guide to East London for an international student

London is known for its many famous landmarks, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

However, there are a lot of other amazing places to visit in London. 

Zhante, a marketing intern in London, discovers more of East London that takes you away from the usual tourist trail. 

Zhante, a Marketing Intern in East London

The university is surrounded by other attractions which aren’t so famous, but are part of the London experience. Here are a few places you must check out:

Spitalfield’s Market

This is London’s oldest market – founded in 1197 and has since been a place where arts and crafts, fashion and food fuse together to create the perfect atmosphere for a lovely day out.

Spitafield’s Market in East London

Some places to check out are The Grocer – for modern English pub food, Patisserie Valerie – for French handmade cakes and Lola’s Cupcakes – a unique bakery for handcrafted cupcakes and treats. Yum!

Spitafield’s Market in East London


A great location for a night out or a new place to eat and drink.

Shoreditch offers a range of things to do, and many of the restaurants have unique concepts.

Eating in Shoreditch East London with Friends

Cereal Killer Cafe offers a wide variety of cereals with a choice of different flavours of milk.

Cargo and Barrio East are great places if you are looking for some drinks and good music. 

Brick Lane

Brick Lane is an East End favourite. It’s known for its large Bangladeshi community and curry houses.

Brick Lane in the evening is definitely something you don’t want to miss.”

Brick Lane East London

It’s also a great place if you like vintage fashion – Blitz London and Rockit are the places to shop!

Stratford City

Away from the centre, Stratford City is a brilliant place to visit. It’s only a 20 minute train journey from Liverpool Street Station. 

Stratford Westfield is the biggest shopping mall in London and is a perfect alternative to Oxford Circus for food and shopping.

Shopping in East London - Stratford City

Not too far away from the shopping mall is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the London 2012 Olympic games were held.

You can take a walk to the village and admire the beautiful scenery and landscape – especially during the summer months! 


Love music and art? Then visit the Barbican. It offers a wide range of art, music, theatre, dance and film.

It’s also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.

Theatre shoes at the Barbican East London

If you’re a lover of music, this will be the perfect place for you to meet other musicians and get involved in the community.

The Barbican have activities every week, from garden parties and film festivals to concerts and exhibitions.

Leadenhall Market

A modern retail centre set within a historical Victorian market place. Leadenhall Market has featured in the Harry Potter films and also formed part of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Leadenhall Market in East London

It’s eye catching architecture and design makes Leadenhall Market a popular attraction.

London is bustling with hidden gems for all international students to enjoy. Check out these awesome things to do in London for free or discover our easy insider hacks for speaking London slang

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  1. Aus Guru says:

    East London is always attractive place for International Student.

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