Food and drink

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 for any amendments to these times during vacations.

LSE Smart Mug

LSE smart mug

Purchase a reusable LSE Smart Mug from any LSE Catering outlet and receive a free hot drink, plus get a 25p discount each time you use it .

The mugs cost £8.50 and are sold and accepted in LSE Garrick, 4th Floor Restaurant, Café 54,  The Bean Counter, Plaza Café and SDR Café Bar (members only).

Cold Drinks Bottle

Eco water bottle

Eco friendly, collapsible cold drinks bottle available to purchase from LSE Catering outlets for only £5.50. 

Holds up to 500ml of liquid but when empty can be squished up to fit into your pocket or handbag!

4th Floor Restaurant (LSE)

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Location: 4th floor, Old Building, Houghton Street

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 08:30am – 6:30pm

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, street food options fries and pizzas. Spacious and bustling with access to the roof terrace seating area.  Menu and more...

The Bean Counter (LSE)

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Location: basement, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Opening times: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.00pm

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.  Menu and more...

Cafe 54 (LSE)

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Location: ground floor, New Academic Building

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6.30pm  Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 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.  Menu and more...

The Daily Grind (SU)

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Location:  Reception area Pankhurst and Fawcett House (formerly Towers One and Two)

Opening times: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm

Offering fair trade coffee and tea together with a large selection of fair trade snacks. 

The Denning Learning Cafe (SU)

Denning Cafe

Location: 1st floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9am - 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

LSE Garrick Logo

Location: 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.  Menu and more....

The Plaza Cafe (LSE)

Plaza Cafe Logo

Location: John Watkins Plaza

Opening times: Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 8:30pm;  Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm

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

Shaw Cafe vegan/vegetarian (LSE)


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Location: Ground floor NAB

Opening: November 2018

We’ll be opening a fully vegetarian and vegan café on the ground floor in the NAB in November. If you’d like to receive all the news about the launch, follow us on twitter


Staff dining room and coffee bar (LSE)

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.  Menu and more....

SU Shop


Location: Lincoln's Chambers, Portsmouth Street

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

Offering a wide range of 'grab and go' food and drink.

The Three Tuns SU Bar & Venue

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Location: Ground floor Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)

Opening times: Monday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm, Friday 12pm - midnight or 3am for club nights

The SU bar offers a place for students to sit and relax during the day and a broad selection of drinks.  The Venue is our 800+ capacity nightclub in the basement hosting weekly student events.

Weston Vegan Cafe (SU)

Weston cafe

Location: 6th floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)

Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Broad menu of vegan food and drink with stunning panoramic views of London from the roof terrace. 

Wright's Bar

Wrights Bar

Location: 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 Resturant and Bar


Location: 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

Lincolns Inn Fields

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 (LSE)

George IV Pub

Location: corner of Portugal Street and Portsmouth Street

Opening times: Monday – Friday; 12pm – 11pm

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.  Menu and more...

Ye Old White Horse

White Horse Pub

Location: 2 St Clement's Lane

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 11am – 11pm (food served 12 noon – 8pm); Saturday, 12 noon – 11pm, Sunday, 12 noon - 8pm

Owned by LSE but Independently operated, Ye Old White Horse is an intimate pub in keeping with the history of the area where all are welcome.

Where to eat your own food

  • Students' Salon, King's Chambers (microwave and boiling water facility available). 
  • Saw Swee Hock Student Centre 2nd floor, outside Faith Centre (microwave facility available).
  • UG common room, 4th floor, Old Building (microwave and boiling water facility available).
  • Roof terraces, 4th floor, Old Building; 8th floor, New Academic Building and 6th floor Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (when not reserved for functions). 
  • 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.  
  • 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields basement, ground and lower ground break out spaces
  • New Academic Building
    Atrium (cold and pre-packaged food only)
    Lower ground lobby (occasionally closed for private School events)
    First and second floor mezzanine and communal areas

Water fountains on campus

Sixty six 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 fountains on campus
Building LocationsNo of outlets  Notes
Clement House Outside the following rooms:MB.02 .2.01, 3.01, 4.01, 5.01, 6.01, 7.01  7  
Columbia House B.01, 1.14, 3.17, 5.05, 7.17 (male toilets)
G.02, 2.18, 4.17, 6.18, 8.14 (female toilets)
Ground floor - Garrick Restaurant
 11 all labelled as drinking water
Connaught House 1.07, 3.22, 5.23, 7.16, 8.22 (female toilets)
2.19, 4.21, 6.21 (male toilets)
Kings Chambers G.02 Student Common Room  1  
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Outside LG.18, B.20 Bean Counter, outside G.23  3  
Lionel Robbins Building R.04, R1.16, R2.10, R3.15, R4.10, R502  6  
Lakatos Building 3.06 Kitchen area, 4.08, 5.05  3 accessible to students 9am - 5pm
New Academic Building Lower Ground floor (2) G02, G09, Mezzanine 1, Mezzanine 2  6  
Old Building B.08 Badminton Court
4th Floor Restaurant (2)
4th Floor UG common room 
Parish Hall  LG03, 1.02, 2.03  3  
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 (central circulation area)
4th floor (within gym areas) (x 2)
5th floor (central circulation area)
6th floor, studio
Sheffield Street External bottle fill (opposite SAW entrance)
4.02 4th floor kitchen
St Clements S415 accessible toilet, S5.07b  2  
Pankhurst & Fawcett House (formerly TW1/TW2)  Reception area  1