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Food and drink

Food and drink at LSE

There is a diverse range of catering facilities on the School campus offering food and drink for all tastes, dietary needs and budgets.
Please discuss your requirements with the duty manager if you have allergies, a religious or lifestyle diet.

Wherever you decide to eat, please think about reducing the amount of packaging from take-aways and use the communal recycling stations provided around campus to dispose of the packaging and food waste.

Please note: the opening times listed below are for term time. Please see the Catering Services web pages| in the Services and divisions channel of the LSE intranet – or check at the venues for any amendments to these during vacations.

Pay on your sQuid card and 10% will be used to support LSE student hardship and accommodation bursaries.

Your LSE ID card can be used instead of cash to make convenient and secure contactless payments in LSE Catering outlets as well as SU outlets in SAW.

Simply register your card at|, load it with funds and start using it to support LSE student good causes.

LSE Smart Mug

LSE-Smart-MugPurchase a reusable LSE Smart Mug from selected LSE Catering outlets and receive a free hot drink. 
The mugs cost £8.75 and are sold and accepted in LSE Garrick, 4th Floor Café Bar, Café 54, Mezzanine Café, The Bean Counter and SDR Café Bar (members only).

4th Floor Restaurant

Location: 4th floor, Old Building, Houghton Street
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm

LSE’s main student restaurant offering a huge choice of great value hot and cold meals throughout the day. Renowned for its daily changing international dishes, vegetarian options, great salad bar, made to order stir fries and pizzas. Spacious and bustling with access to the roof terrace seating area.

4th Floor Café Bar

Location: 4th floor, Old Building, Houghton Street
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm

Popular for its great made to order deli sandwiches and organic sweet goodies. A great place to catch up with friends whilst enjoying one of our speciality teas, barista coffees or our amazingly, healthy made to order fresh juices or smoothies.

The Bean Counter

Bean-Counter-for-web-32_LIF_8192Location: basement, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 10am - 3:30pm

Contemporary café offering speciality hot and cold drinks, including freshly squeezed juices and made to order smoothies. Food options include freshly made sandwiches on artisan breads and delicious salads, a selection of tasty hot snacks and pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt pots and tempting cookies and cakes.

Café 54

Photograph of the interior of Cafe 54Location: ground floor, New Academic Building
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6.00pm

Open to everyone, all year round this is the ideal place to ‘grab and go’ from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and salads, hot snacks and light meals. Upbeat and lively, a great place to pick up your caffeine fix anytime of day.

The Daily Grind

The Daily GrindLocation:  Reception area Towers One and Two
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 3.30pm (term time)

Offering fair trade coffee and tea together with a large selection of fair trade snacks.  We only sell One water, which is a charity organisation|

The Denning Learning Café

Denning-Cafe-for-web-IMG_1804Location: 1st floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)
Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

Offers a relaxed environment where students can pick up a coffee, sandwich and selection of cakes and pastries. It has a broad menu of hot and cold food, including pizzas, pies, fresh smoothies and protein shakes and also has 24 open access PC's and seating for approx. 150.

LSE Garrick

Photograph of the LSE GarrickLocation: corner of Houghton Street/Aldwych
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 8am – 7pm

Open all year round to staff, students and members of the public the warm and friendly vibe of the ground floor offers speciality hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, sushi and freshly baked pastries. Visit Downstairs in the Garrick to kick start your day with one of our superb, cooked to order breakfasts. At lunchtime enjoy delicious quality home cooked meals and special salads.

Mezzanine Café

Location: mezzanine floor, New Academic Building
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 4pm

Take a break in this quiet, laid back area while enjoying a barista coffee, delicious smoothies and very moreish cookies and cakes.

The Plaza Café

Photograph of the Plaza CafeLocation: John Watkins Plaza
Opening times: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm; Friday, 9am – 6pm; Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm

Conveniently located near the library this is the ideal place to take a break and refuel while studying. Enjoy hot and cold drinks, light snacks, fantastic range of sandwiches and sweet treats.


Staff dining room and coffee bar

Photograph of the Staff Dining Room

Location: 5th Floor, Old Building
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm (coffee bar); Monday – Friday, 12.30pm – 2.15pm (dining room)

 An excellent lunch-time dining service and coffee bar for members of the Senior Common Room.

SU Shops

Locations: East Building and New Academic Building
Opening times: East Building, Monday - Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
New Academic Building, Monday - Friday 8:45am-6pm 

Both branches offer a wide range of 'grab and go' food and drink.

The Three Tuns

3-Tuns-for-web-IMG_1810Location: Ground floor Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)
Opening times:
Monday – Thursday 11am – 11pm; Friday 11am - 3am

The historic bar of the SU now has a brand new location. It offers a broad selection of drinks and a place for students to sit and relax during the day. The bar itself is the only place on campus showing live football weekly via a large projector screen. The Tuns also as a brand new 800+ capacity nightclub in the basement hosting weekly student events.

The Weston Café

Weston-Cafe-for-web-IMG_1807Location: 6th floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)
Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

Offers a relaxed environment with a stunning roof terrace featuring panoramic views of London. It also has a broad menu of pastries and cakes, eat in or takeaway coffee and fresh smoothies and protein shakes.

Wright's Bar

wrightsBar_79x105Location: Houghton Street
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 7am- 6.30pm; Saturday, 7am – 1.30pm

An old-school British style café offering breakfasts, sandwiches and hot beverages.


Coopers Restaurant and Bar

Photograph of Coopers Restaurant and BarLocation: 49a Lincoln's Inn Fields
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 11pm

Located on the corner of Portsmouth Street, Coopers houses a restaurant with full table service and a wine bar.


Fields Bar and Kitchen

Location: next to tennis courts, Lincoln's Inn Fields
Opening times: Open 7 days per week, subject to the park's seasonal hours

Boasting two outdoor terraces, an open kitchen and a wood fired oven, the modern wood-clad restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed lunch of freshly baked pizzas and salads.  LSE staff and students can enjoy a 25% discount on food.

George IV

Location: corner of Portugal Street and Portsmouth Street
Opening times: Monday – Friday; 12pm – 11.30pm

The LSE's very own traditional pub with an array of real ales, cold beers, wines and spirits.  There's also a selection of 'pub grub' on offer throughout the day.

Ye Olde White Horse

Photograph of the Ye Old White HorseLocation: Portugal Street
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 11am – 11pm (food served 12pm – 9pm); Saturday, 12pm – 11pm

Independently owned, the Ye Olde White Horse is an intimate pub in keeping with the history of the area where all are welcome.


Venue hire

For LSE staff and business customers it is possible to hire conference space at the School and a variety of catering services are available for conferences, events, business meetings and private dining. For more information on hiring space for an event please contact the Conferences and Events Office on 020 7955 7087 or email|; and for details of the catering options available please contact LSE Catering on 020 7852 3732 or email|

The Three Tuns, as well as the Venue beneath can be hired from the SU by students, SU societies and Athletics Union clubs.  Please email Abi Tedder| for more information.  See Planning and Booking Events| section.

Where to eat your own food

There are a number of communal places on campus where you can eat your own food or meet with friends who have purchased food elsewhere. Please remember to take your packaging to the nearest recycling station.

Photograph of the bridge connecting St Clement's to the Library

  • Students' Salon (King's Chambers)
    (microwave facility available) 
  • Roof terraces (4th floor, Old Building; 3rd and 4th floor, East Building; 8th floor, New Academic Building and 6th floor Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (when not reserved for functions). 
  • New Academic Building plaza
  • New Academic Building atrium (cold and pre-packaged food only)
  • New Academic Building lower ground lobby (occasionally closed for private School events)
  • Escape Social Space in the Library foyer (cold and pre-packaged food only).  Please note eating is not permitted in the rest of the Library.  A cold drinks machine is situated here and a hot drinks machine is on the 1st floor.
  • New Academic Building 2nd floor mezzanine (above the Mezzanine Café)
  • New Academic Building communal areas on the 1st and 2nd floors (excluding the Mezzanine Café)
  • St Clement's 5th floor bridge, which has bar stools and a great view of the John Watkins Plaza
  • 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields basement, ground and lower ground break out spaces

Water fountains on campus

Sixty fthree water fountains have been provided around the campus. The majority of these are designed to allow you to refill water bottles and rinse LSE Smart Mugs.  

Water fountain locations
 Building Locations No of outlets Notes
Clement House  
outside the following rooms: CLM7.01 ,CLM6.01, CLM5.01, CLM4.01, CLM3.01, CLM2.01 (female toilet), CLM.MB.02 
Columbia House  

B.01, 1.01, 3.01, 5.01, 7.01 (male toilets)
G.02, 2.01, 4.01, 6.01, 8.01 (female toilets)

10 all labelled as drinking water
Connaught House  

8.22, 7.16, 5.24, 3.22, 1.07 (female toilets)
2.09, 6.21, 4.22 (male toilets)

East Building

E35 Mezzanine - toilet

Kings Chambers

B.04 basement, next to gents toilet
K57 Student Common Room

32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

outside G.23 ground floor
outside LG.18 lower ground floor
LG.05a 5th floor
B.20 Bean Counter basement

Lionel Robbins Building
R116 1st  floor
R210 2nd floor
R318 3rd floor
3 all situated near to disabled toilets
Lakatos Building  

3.06 Kitchen area 3rd floor
4.08 4th floor
5.05 5th floor

3 accessible to students 9am - 5pm
New Academic Building  

G09 Ground floor East
G02 Ground Floor West
Mezzanine 1
Lower Ground floor (2) 

Old Building

4th Floor Restaurant (2)
4th Floor Café/bar
B.08 Badminton Court basement

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Basement, spiral stair lobby
Basement mezzanine, spiral stair lobby
2nd floor central circulation area
3rd floor central circulation area
4th floor within gym areas (x 2)
5th floor central circulation area
6th floor, studio

Sheffield Street

4.02 4th floor kitchen

St. Clements

S70 Ground floor in corridor behind security desk
S415 4th floor - DDA toilet
S508 and outside S569 5th floor
outside S669 6th floor

Tower 1/2 Reception Reception area 1  

Campus map indicating eating and drinking venues; where to eat your own food; and water fountains