Settling into University and London
A message from Debbie Adegoke (BME Officer 2018-2020):
So you've just arrived to university, in a new city! Being in an unfamiliar environment is tough enough, on top of being away from your nearby international market (to make some 'actual food'), or the hair shop around the corner from your house. This guide is to help you settle in easier and to find the resources that will make you feel more at home.
The nearest tube station is shown in brackets.
Kensington Creperie (South Kensington) SW7 2HF
Las Iguanas Brunswick Square (Russell Square) WC1N 1AF
Siirgistia (Shepherd’s Bush) W12 8AA
Halal Nandos Branches (Baker St., Bayswater, Brixton, Finsbury Park, High Street Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush, Stratford, Park Royal)
West African and Caribbean Restaurants
African Kitchen Gallery - Also offers an art gallery selling a range of traditional sub-Saharan art. (Euston) NW1 2HN
Empire Lounge Bar & Restaurant (Queen’s Road Peckham) SE15 1NZ
Chuku’s Nigerian Tapas (Seven Sisters) N15 4AJ
International Food Stores
Shepherd’s Bush Market - has many food stores suited for African & Asian resources.
Africa Shopping Centre Electric Avenue (Brixton) SW9 8JR - You can find many Asian supermarkets in Queensway.
Earl’s Court - holds many Filipino supermarkets.
Iranian Supermarket (West Kensington) W14 0SJ
They'll be a few hair shops on North End Road, West Kensington as well a range around Shepherd's Bush Green.
Pak Hair Boutique / Cosmetic Centre (Finsbury Park) N4 3EF
Peckham Palms - provides hairstyling and beauty services as well as a bar and kiosk (Peckham Rye) SE15 4PB
Esthetics Hair - Beauty & Beyond Studio (Custom House for ExCel DLR) E16 1BA
Student Friendly Churches
St Mary's London (Edgeware Road) W1H 1PQ
London International Christian (Ladbroke Grove) W11 1QT
Christchurch London (Covent Garden) WC2H 9DY
Hillsong (Tottenham Court Road) W1T 7AQ
Holy Trinity Bromptom (Knightsbridge) SW7 1JA
Kensignton Temple (Notthing Hill Gate) W11 3BY
It's important to find a church that works for you, make sure you visit a few before choosing a church!
Muslim Youth Helpline (Finchley Road) NW3 6NE - tel: 08080 808 2008
The core service is a free and confidential counselling service available nationally via the telephone, email and internet service in the Greater London area.
Hammersmith Crisis Centre and Abayomi (Ravenscourt Park) W6 7DJ - tel: 020 8741 3335
Offers counselling and psychotherapy for adults from the African Caribbean community.
Brandon Centre (Kentish Town) NW5 3LG - tel: 020 7267 4792
Offer free counselling and psychotherapy for young people aged 12 to 21.