Staying in London this spring and summer? Our handy guides have got you covered on what to eat, drink, see and do in central, east and west London. We’ve been speaking to the LCF Lime Grove community to find out what they love most about the area, and we’ve included some tips specifically for summer. You might recognise some of the places on here from last year’s guide to studying in west London too – but that just means you have to check them out obviously.

Eat and Drink

The Food Market Chiswick

Look how cute this dog is! The food here is also nice so spend a lazy sunny Sunday wondering around tasting the local delights and stroke the cute animals.

Hummingbird Cafe

You’ll pass this place walking up to Lime Grove from Shepherd’s Bush Station. It’s quite unassuming from the outside but the food and general vibe is relaxed and friendly.

Abu Zaad

Maybe the best falafel and shawarma in London – they do great lunch time deals as well. It’s way too close to LCF miss out on.

أنا بحب الفلافل 🙂

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Defectors Weld

The local!

Killer Tomato

Some tomatoes may have been killed in the making of these delicious tacos – sorry not sorry.


No such thing as too much Mexican food tbh.

Cafe Vakko…

…aka cafe cure your hangover with a fry up.

Burgista Bros

Because burgers are great.

Who's gets eyes bigger than their stomachs ?tag the mate who always insists on snake #burger #burgistabros #yumm

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Amigo Burgers and Shakes

Told you already, burgers are great. And sometimes challenging.


Just look at it…

[ Jin jia shi #好呷 ] | Missing the taste of home. #throwback #foodporn #yummy #vscocam

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Sindercombe Social

They have a really Instagramable floor, but only one person seems to have noticed.

The floor in here is incredible.

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Music and activities

Bush Hall

Nice music gigs, nice chandeliers.

Chandeliery Thursday evening.

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Bush Theatre 

A world-famous home for new plays and an internationally-renowned champion of playwrights.

Design Museum Kensington

Coming up in May check out the California exhibition.

Kew Gardens

Just a gorgeous place all round really…


Notting Hill Carnival


British Summer Time Festival

One for the Beliebers out there – he’s going to be playing there this year…

All or nothing

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Bushstock Festival

Wanna know who the next big band is going to be? Hear them first at Bushstock.

So there you have it – that’s our guide to hanging out in West London this spring and summer. Don’t forget that many places offer student discounts so be sure to flash your LCF or NUS card, or your UniDays app. Stay tuned for more

  • Check out the latest east and central London guides
  • Check out last year’s east, west and central guides