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The Christmas break is almost upon us and you know what that means…. you’ve made it through the first term of University in one piece! 2015’s freshers have made new friends, taken on new responsibilities and, for International Students, found their way in a completely new country. If that’s not cause for celebration I don’t know what is!

There are so many amazing places to choose from right on the doorstep of The Hive that you’re pretty much spoiled for choice! So, if you’re having problems deciding whether a cat cafe (seriously), a down and dirty curry or a proper pub is the perfect venue for some festive fun with friends (sorry couldn’t resist) we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out 5 of our most favourite, quirky, student friendly venues all within a stones throw of The Hive!

Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium
152-154 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG
Open daily 10am – 5pm (except Wednesday when they’re changing the cat litter, probably)
We couldn’t leave this fabulously quirky cat cafe out of our ‘best-places-to-go’ list. It’s not a place for a wild night out but you DO get to stroke the resident cats that wander around this 2-storey spot for coffee and cake, lined with sofas and bookcases. Food on offer includes brick lane bagels, afternoon tea and seasonal goodies, prices vary and you’ll need to book to get close to the kitties!

83-89 Fieldgate St, London E1 1JU
Open daily Midday to 11:30pm
This LEGEN……(wait for it) DARY curry house should, according to Time Out, be on the bucket list of any visitor to London. So, living in such close proximity you’d be foolish to miss it. Neon lights, excellent food, great value and and with a full on raucous atmosphere Tayyabs have been serving the finest Punjabi cuisine to Londoners since 1972 so they must be getting something right.

E Pellicci
332 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AG
Open daily this vintage Art Deco workers’ cafe has been serving the East End since 1900…! First rate fry ups that’ll cure any hangover, superb Italian classics and puddings to die for a greasy spoon this is not. Food prepared with love and a good old east end welcome set this ‘caff’ on a totally different level.

The Star of Bethnal Green
359 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6LG
Open Fri, Sat and Sun midday to 2am the rest of the week 4pm to 12am
Large and laid back you’ll find quiz nights, karaoke rooms (screech your heart out in private), festive shenanigans and Djs. Food prices start at a very reasonable £7 and you can even get a LOCALS reward card… What’s not to love?

Sông Quê Café
134 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY
Opening hours are varied, check the website for more details.
Often with queues around the block Sông Quê Café has been serving London’s finest Vietnamese cuisine and authentic Phở in a basic street-kitchen setting since 2002 and it just keeps getting better! Pho starts at just £9, delicious and reasonable. One not to be missed.

The Hive provides secure student accommodation in the heart of Bethnal Green. For more information please call us on +44 (0) 3551 2550 or book your viewing here.