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Local Experiences Blog Series: Smoothies, Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

4 August 2021

3 mins

The Local Experiences Blog series is a mini-blog series that forms part of our LSU blog series. In this blog, Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) London School President, Amie Woodyatt, shares her recommendations of where to go to catch up with friends and take some time away from studying.

There’s plenty going on around Here East; while London is on our doorstep, the surrounding area of Olympic Park provides convenient places to catch up with friends, grab a drink, or celebrate the end of the week with a meal on the canal. It would be impossible to cover everywhere in one blog, so to kick off the series, I’ve picked three places I’ve really enjoyed while visiting.


MOTHER is virtually a stone’s throw from Loughborough London’s building and do hip, healthy food (like toasties, tacos and burgers – very healthy for the soul!) with a range of hot and cold drinks. I highly recommend the Berry Blast-Off smoothie on a hot summer’s day.

They cater to most dietary requirements so be sure to check them out, especially if you fancy lunch while on campus!

Number 90

No90 sweet potato fries are excellent and if you’re around at the end of the week (or just feel like having a meal out) the burgers are equally hearty. There are weekly deals on different days, so if you like 241 drinks or discounts on your grub, be sure to pop in and check it out first.

There are plenty of options on the drinks menu, though it’s worth noting that some prices are not for the faint of heart… Everything is tasty, but it may not be your everyday drinks-after-work hang out.

Ginger & Mint

Based in Olympic Village, Ginger & Mint boast a huge variety (roughly 70, at a guess) of juices, smoothies and shakes. Everything from ‘Apple Zing’ and ‘Fruity and Milky’ to ‘Chocolate Heaven’ and the Acai protein shake. They also up a selection of food, including stews, salads and sandwiches.

You can grab a wrap + juice meal deal for £10, but the juices are a meal by themselves so it’s a perfect place to grab a drink with a friend!

If you haven’t been to any of these spots, I recommend you try them out by the end of the year, but Here East, Olympic Village and Hackney Wick have plenty of great places. Try something new when you next meet up with friends, it might just become a favourite sanctuary from the looming deadlines of university.

To find out more about LSU London can support you during your studies, please visit this web page.

Loughborough University London and Loughborough Students’ Union would like to thank Amie Woodyatt for this blog.

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