June 24, 2019

The GSM London Restaurant Guide: The Last Bite

The Tastecard competition we ran was a fantastic success, so much so that we even made an infographic showing exactly how you voted! As we’ve already done budget and high-end restaurants, all that’s left to cover is our students’ favourite restaurant chains. So without further ado, here are some of the favourites you named.

The GSM London Restaurant Guide The Last Bite


A name which prides itself on offering naturally fast food, Leon operates in 20 locations across London and their innovative approach to takeaway meals has made then an instant hit among diners – particularly with students in this instance.
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When we spoke to Leon, they were keen to highlight their honest approach to tasty and honest food:

At Leon we are all motivated by one thing – to be well beings, and to make it well easy for everyone to do the same. One huge aspect of our success in doing so is having team members who are always full of sun and communicate this message every day.”


What’s on the Menu?

At Leon, it’s all about health and efficiency, with examples on their menu including the Full English Breakfast Pot, Pork Chilli and Apple Stew and the Thai Green Chicken Curry Lunchbox. Click here to view the menu.

What can I expect to pay?

With the likes of Porridge starting from just £2, and a hot box of Moroccan Meatballs costing £6.80, don’t expect to pay a lot for your visit while taking a break from your accountancy university course studies. As if these prices weren’t good enough, they also offer 15 per cent discount for students with a valid student card!

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard_rock_Cafe Known as the place to admire the world’s greatest collection of rock and roll memorabilia while enjoying great food, the Hard Rock Cafe experience can today be discovered in 59 countries across the world. What many may not know is that the first restaurant of this group was founded in Mayfair in 1971, the very establishment you named among the best! We got in touch with Hard Rock Cafe to find out the secrets of their success, and this is what they had to say:

“The first ever Hard Rock Cafe opened its doors on the 14th of June 1971 in London. Still in the same location and still to this day renowned for spreading the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll through authentic experiences that rock. Hard Rock London is famous for its amplified level of “kick ass” service.

Celebrating over 40 years as the AMBASSADORS OF ROCK, nowhere else can you experience the spirit of rock music, original memorabilia from iconic artists, classic American cuisine, collectible merchandise and a global commitment to Philanthropy. This passion has now spread to a total of 189 venues in 58 countries, including 143 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos.

Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar in London, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website.”

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What’s on the Menu?

From the potato skins to start and the Legendary Burger for the main to finishing with desserts like the 3 Layer Carrot Cake, there’s plenty of choice to satisfy even the fussiest of palates. Also worth checking out is the Smokehouse section, where you can find delights such as the Smoked Beef Brisket. Click here to view the menus.

How much does it cost?

While the Mayfair cafe may be considered as the best Hard Rock Cafe of all, you will be glad to hear that burgers are available from as little as £12!


Invading the nation with the strong unmistakable taste and aroma of peri-peri chicken, there’s a Nando’s almost everywhere you go across England, and this is certainly the case for the capital. Based around a recipe that dates back to the 15th Century, customers can add as much or as little of the peri-peri experience as they wish – depending on how much they can handle the heat of course.

What’s on the Menu?

As well as the range of whole chickens, half chickens and chicken burgers on the menu, there are also beef and vegetarian alternatives. If you want to try something a little different, why not consider the Chicken Livers and Portuguese Roll? Click here to view the menu.

How much does it cost?

If you’re not that hungry, ordering a ¼ Chicken Breast on its own will cost £4.25, having the same with two sides only raises the price to £7.20. If you’re looking to invite others to your private peri-peri party with others, sharing platters start from £16.80.

Planet Hollywood

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Another giant in the culinary world is Planet Hollywood, bringing the authentic American dining experience to Central London. After we got in touch with Planet Hollywood, here’s why they think you should come and pay them a visit:

“Eat, Drink and feel famous at Planet Hollywood, Central London’s must experience restaurant, with capacity to cater for groups from 10 to 200 persons. From Set Menus to A La Carte, Planet Hollywood has dining options suitable for all budgets. London’s only Hollywood inspired dining experience consistently delivers a magical atmosphere where everyone can enjoy great portions of the best quality food and an efficient, friendly service.”


What’s on the Menu?

The menu offers goes above and beyond what you would usually expect from an American diner, with pizzas, pastas and Asian cuisine standing alongside staples like burgers and steaks. If you are looking for a real challenge, the Double Up Burger is a true test and combines two of the best-loved burgers: the Mushroom Onion & Swiss and the Bacon Cheeseburger.

How much does it cost?

Despite the glitz and glamour of Hollywood present, don’t expect to pay any more than £15 for a main – unless you’re planning on a steak of course! To learn more, click here to visit their menus


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For a taste of France, a visit to Côte is an absolute must. Famed for offering traditional French classics that are packed full of robust flavours, it’s a true taste of the continent that you will want to enjoy time and time again. They operate 12 establishments across Central London, ranging from Charlotte Street and Covent Garden to Soho and St Pauls. We got in touch with Côte to ask what they aim to offer all their diners, with their response almost certainly coming as great news for students:

“We are committed to providing great food and great service at prices that are excellent value for money.”

Cote Brasserie opens in Manchester

What’s on the Menu?

As already mentioned, the Côte menu is laden with delights from across the channel, with French Onion Soup, Steak Tartare and Tuna Niçoise all among the favourites. Click here to view their menus.

How much does it cost?

They pledge to offer excellent value for money, and with Salmon Hollandaise and Roast Seabass commanding respective prices of £11.95 and £13.95, they certainly aim to deliver on their promise.


We finish our journey at Bill’s, a name which started as a humble café store before developing a reputation for honest food that tastes just as good as it looks. The name has grown massively in recent years, operating establishments all over the country as well as no less than 17 across the capital. From breakfast to bedtime, and everything else in between, you can expect a great meal whatever time you visit. If you are looking forward to starting a part time degree course in London, there’s plenty of opportunity to come along and discover the Bill’s experience for yourself.

What’s on the menu?

From the traditional full English breakfast or eggs benedict for breakfast to Bill’s signature hamburger for lunch and Eton mess for dessert, there won’t be many diners who leave unsatisfied. For something a little different, why not try the naked burger, which is served with a large salad and tsatziki in place of the bun and fries? Click here to take a look through their menus.

How much is it?

Breakfasts start from just £2.55 (wow!), while mains vary from £10-£20.


Image Credit: Leon Restaurants, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, Cote Restaurants


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4 thoughts on “The GSM London Restaurant Guide: The Last Bite

  1. Great GSM restaurant guide in London The greatest collection of rock and roll memorabilia while enjoying great foods are available here. Traditional foods are really awesome .

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