Exploring Fulham: An LFA Beginners Guide for Students

23 August 2023

New students flocking to LFA will find the restored former church campus and leafy green Fulham location offers a wealth of places to discover. 

Settle into your new home, found on the north bank of the Thames and nestled between Hammersmith and Kensington. LFA’s pocket of paradise Fulham offers students tranquillity and riverside views of plenty. Whether it’s restaurants to sample, bars to dance the hours away in or things to do in your downtime, we can help... 

Where to Eat  

Fulham is a foodie hub, with the nearby North End Road connecting the campus to an array of street food vendors and locally owned restaurants and cafes that are all well worth trying. You can tuck into Chinese, Indian, Korean, quintessentially British favourites, Italian and North African grub and more.  

There are also lots of chain places (we’re talking Nando’s, Five Guys etc) that offer student discounts (just flash your student ID) but remember, it’s important to spend within your means and not break the bank. There are plenty of local fruit and veg stalls, Savers, Poundland and supermarkets all within walking distance from LFA, to help secure affordable ingredients and make equally tasty dishes at home.  

But for those quick bites between classes or sit-down meals after a week of filming, we’ve got you covered… 

Hungry Turtle 

Pizza lovers will find themselves at Hungry Turtle. Eat in for a guaranteed simple Italian ambience and great pizza or treat yourself (if you live locally) to a delivery and get a 20% discount on your first order.  

Simya Korean Chicken 

This is a reasonably priced, big-portioned eatery and Simya Korean Chicken’s homemade kimchi is not to be missed.  

222 Vegan Cuisine 

222 Vegan Cuisine is an eco-conscious vegan restaurant turning out generous portions for lunch and dinner. Perfect for any plant-based students or those looking for something new to try. The average main dish starts at around £13 and the Seitan Stroganoff and Chocolate Gateau are a must try. 

Jaffa Bake House 

Serving up classic continental breakfasts the Jaffa Bake House also has a delicious array of Algerian cuisine, from Manakeesh flatbreads to everyone’s favourite Baba Ghanoush. There’s something for all here, with the promise of affordable prices and an easily accessible location (just a quick 3-minute walk from campus) this a great small and local business to support.  

Amigos Burgers & Shakes 

Another walk-ably close spot is Amigos Burgers & Shakes. This space has plenty of tasty and well-priced options, for meat lovers and plant-based dieters alike. Be sure to download the app for more discounts and prizes. 

Where to Drink  

Fulham boasts just about everything from flashy cocktail bars and jazz joints to long happy hours and no-nonsense boozers serving up plenty of alcohol-free options too. Meaning everyone can enjoy a night out. 


Simmons Fulham is a regular haunt for LFA, thanks to its kitsch interior, varied selection of drinks and long happy hours. Check their website for seasonal promotions and discounts. 

Kona Kai  

Kona Kai offers Polynesian tipples and beach-themed interiors, with the promise of affordable drinks during their renowned Happy Hour. Head there Tuesday to Wednesday 4pm-9pm/Friday 4pm-8pm/Saturday 4pm-6pm for fun (and cheaper) cocktails and resident DJs over the weekend. 

The Prince 

Dine, drink and dance the night away at Fulham’s favourite go-to spot; The Prince. There are bottomless brunches, weeknight quizzes, match days and £5 pints of Prime Time Lager from 5pm-7pm on Fridays.  

The Waterside 

The Waterside offers heated terraces and sunset views overlooking the Thames. A little more expensive, this watering hole is a great choice for those special occasions or just because. 

The Golden Lion 

The Golden Lion is the perfect cosy pub, boasting two mains for £10 Monday to Friday and plenty of drinks options to wet your whistle. 

What to Do 

It’s important to find some downtime to unwind from the busy nature of student life. Thankfully Fulham has plenty to offer, it’s an area steeped in heritage and home to a thriving cultural scene. There are arts, crafts, music, theatre, sports and most importantly film to be discovered and appreciated. Sightsee to your heart's content, find quiet spots for contemplation and seek inspiration in the historical houses, galleries and venues scattered throughout. 


Enjoy all things film with a trip to Picturehouse Fulham, here the big screen and reduced tickets await. You can enjoy a free membership to Picturehouse Cinemas, on us, with a choice of discounts and free tickets to enjoy. 

Pottery Café 

Get creative at the Pottery Café where you can try painting everything from mugs to plates. There is a set fee for a painting session of £6.99 per person, which covers the paints and sponges with your chosen pottery item an added cost. Founded by famous ceramicist Emma Bridgewater you’ll be in safe and nurturing hands here - don’t worry. 

Explore Fulham’s Green Spaces 

Wander from campus to nearby Eel Brook Common for your green space and nature fix or head to Fulham Palace. Here you can marvel at the Grade I listed building and former home of the Bishop of London (now run by the Fulham Palace Trust) and enjoy the walk around the Bishops Park that runs parrel with the river. Either way, there are plenty of scenic walks, gardens and quiet spaces to be explored throughout the city. 

Clip n’ Climb 

Clip ‘n Climb is a themed climbing place that has 21 challenges for climbers to try. Don’t worry though because no previous climbing experience is needed, thanks to an induction and knowledgeable staff that are happy to help. 

Plus One Gallery 

Painters and sculptures, with a focus on hyperrealism, can be found at the Plus One Gallery. From emerging and established artists to their still life, landscapes and portraiture works there is much to be appreciated. The eclectic mix of themes and subject matter within these styles also makes for great sources of inspiration. Your next big film concept could come to you while wandering the corridors of the gallery... 

So, whether you were a London local before or a Fulham first-timer looking for some much-needed inspiration we hope our guide to exploring Fulham has helped you. Be sure to check our blog for regular updates, tops tips and finds to help you navigate your new home throughout your studies. 

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