Life In London

A guide to food shopping

By Konrad 12 Sep 2019

The British shopping experience may be a little different from what you're used to, especially if you're coming from abroad.

But don't worry, we've got all the tips and tricks you'll need before you get here.

Where to shop?!
The two most common supermarkets in the UK are Tesco and Sainsbury’s which are considered reasonably cheap and there should be one just around the corner.

Co-op is another popular store that you will find dotted around London – at the moment, it’s the only one that will give you a student discount with your TOTEM card (generous 10%)!

Other options in this category include Morrisons and ASDA but these two are normally big superstore type of places and you will normally find them a bit further out of the city centre. 

ALDI and Lidl are considered the cheapest and have become very popular over the years. However, they are not easy to find, especially in central London. If you feel adventurous enough you can get a few friends and go together for a shopping spree to one of them and buy supplies for longer.

Marks & Spencer and Waitrose are normally considered slightly premium choices. The prices are on average higher than anywhere else but the jury is still out whether it always goes hand in hand with the quality. The insides of the shops are usually more spacious with wider aisles, coffee shops and other services offered on-site. 

You will also find local "corner" shops (they don't have to be on a corner, they just have to be around one). A lot of them will be open longer hours, even on bank holidays. It's worth exploring the area to see if there is one next to you. Because that milk you were supposed to buy on the way back from uni and forgot... Yeah, you'll need it in the morning!

Remember, if you don't fancy carrying bags of shopping home from the shops then most of these supermarkets do offer a home delivery service. This is where you can order your groceries in the comfort of your room and they will be delivered to your door on a specific day and time.