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Where to get authentic food while studying abroad in London

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Studying abroad in London gives students the chance to discover where they can get the best food. London has a wide variety of food and different cuisines and it is the perfect place for foodies to indulge their senses in an array of aromas, tastes and flavors! JoEllen Laun, one of our London study abroad student bloggers, shares her experiences discovering four new places that serve delicious authentic food:

“I’ve spent a lot of time exploring new places to eat in London. Last weekend, I discovered four amazing places to get delicious and authentic cuisine:


The first place I discovered was a Pan-Asian restaurant called Gilgamesh. I was in the mood for really good Asian food and luckily happened to stumble upon Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh in Camden Market is right by the bridge that says Camden Lock. To get to the restaurant, step onto an escalator that takes you all the way to the top of building. They have live music in the evenings and it is a great place to have a relaxing evening eating delicious food. I ordered the sushi and I cannot recommend it enough. Definitely visit Gilgamesh for authentic Pan-Asian food. Don’t forget to order a glass of wine too!

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Top tip: Camden Market is not only a place for delicious street food and unusual restaurants. You can also find lots of amazing markets selling clothes, jewelry, antiques and everything in-between!


Recently, I got talking to someone in Harrods and they told me that I just had to try the food at this ‘amazing Indian restaurant’ called Shezan in Cheval Place, near Harrods. Naturally, I decided to give to give the recommendation a go – it wasn’t as weird as I am making out, I promise! Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a server in traditional Indian clothing. He then led me down a flight of stairs into the restaurant. The inside of this place was absolutely amazing and I felt like I had been transported to India! The food was out of this world and the staff were so kind and welcoming. This was by far the best Indian food I have ever had.

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Fun fact: Prince Harry has been twice and Simone Cowell likes to bring his friends here!

B – Brigit’s Bakery

If you’re anything like me, dessert is a must. An amazing place to satisfy a sweet tooth is B – Brigit’s Bakery. It’s located just off Covent Garden and is the perfect place if you’re looking to do high tea. You should definitely stop here if you are looking for an authentic British afternoon tea experience! They also sell delicious sandwiches, salads and other lunch specialties.

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Just down the road from B -Brigits Bakery is an ice-cream parlor called Udderlicious. Originally founded by a couple in Islington, Udderlicious is an independent ice-cream parlour. All their ice cream and sorbets are made fresh using organic milk, natural ingredients and real fruit. For someone who’s addicted to ice cream, this place was perfect. It is high up on my favorites list and was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up during a busy day full of walking and sightseeing.

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Top tip for finding authentic food in London: The best way to find delicious, authentic food is to talk to locals. At first, it may be weird to think about going up to a stranger and asking them a random question, but if you’re a true foodie like me, you won’t give it a second thought.”

This content was contributed by JoEllen Laun one of our student bloggers. She is studying abroad this Spring on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through the London Consortium.



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