Covid-19: Our spaces are open

Our spaces are open and you're welcome to use them. Please ensure you follow the guidance within each space & maintain social distancing.

Our places and spaces on the Mile End, Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square campuses are important community spaces for all Queen Mary students. They’re places for meeting and catching-up with other students and friends, studying, chilling out, working out, activities and events and prayer and contemplation.

We’ve been carefully planning how to open our spaces safely for those of you who are planning to return to campus and our staff teams. We're now open and ready to greet you and welcome you back.

We have reopened most of our spaces and we cannot wait to see you again. Our spaces will have some changes, and they might be a bit different if you’ve visited before, but this is to keep you safe. You’ll find hand sanitiser stations, clear signage, social distancing measures, new layouts, enhanced cleaning and new online services to help you access what you need or order food and drink in some of our venues.

Please remember like everything in life right now plans might have to change depending on how the ongoing situation develops, but we’ll keep you all updated via emails, social media and our website.

What’s open now?
Qmotion Sport and Fitness Centre

Opening hours extended from Monday 21st September to 7am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Further information on the gym re-opening can be found at We're also offering online classes every weekday, view the timetable here.

Village Shop

Open daily 8am-8pm. There is a one-way system in operation, please use the temporary side entrance to enter the store. You’ll be able to find our great value Meal Deal, tasty treats and snacks, groceries, toiletries, household goods, stationery, frozen foods, merchandise and our speciality international ranges. 

Students’ Union Hub & Multi-Faith Centre

Open Monday to Friday, 11am-6pm. Open for relaxation, prayer and contemplation, socialising with friends and study. Our helpful and friendly Reception team will also be available to help you with anything you need. The Nest is currently closed, but is expected to open late September. 

Ground Café

Open Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm. You’ll be able to enjoy our great range of hot and cold drinks and grab a tasty bite to eat.

Drapers Bar & Kitchen

Open Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm. We’ve ceated an improved outdoor space for you to enjoy food and drinks with friends and a new online ordering system. We'll be serving our range of legendary burgers, wraps, shakes, loaded fries and curly fries inside and out. 

Union Shop

Open Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm. Home of our range of official Queen Mary clothing and merchandise, plus coffee to go, our great value Meal Deal, tasty snacks and stationery.  

BLSA Building (Whitechapel)

Open Monday to Friday 11am-6pm. Open for relaxation, socialising with friends and study. Our helpful and friendly Reception team will also be available to help you with anything you need. 

Griff Inn (Whitechapel)

Extended opening hours for 2020 with our new breakfast options! Open Monday to Thursday 8:30am-6pm and Friday 8:30am-9pm serving our delicious food menu and specials throughout the day.

Shield Café (Charterhouse Square)

Open Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm. The best value coffee in central London! We’ll be open for all your coffee and lunch needs so if you’re out and about around Charterhouse Square, Farringdon or Barbican pop in and say hello!

Online Shop

Stocking a great range of official Queen Mary branded clothing, gifts and merchandise with UK and international delivery available. Open 24/7 here.

Fitness to Practice (Charterhouse Square)

Re-opening later in the year, date to be confirmed. If you are a member you should have received an email with a more detailed update, if you did not receive this please contact

Learning Café

Due to planned refurbishment works on the ground floor of the Library, and the University's decision to change the layout of the Library, the Learning Café space is now permanently closed. We would like to thank you for your custom and hope to see you over at Ground Café.

Things we’ll be doing in our spaces to keep you safe

We’ve put together a handy video to let you know what we’ll be doing in our spaces to keep you safe. You can watch it here.

The safety of you, our student staff and full-time staff team is our number 1 priority. As you’ll know everything in our lives feels and seems a bit different right now, and this is the same for all our spaces on our campuses. We’ve worked hard though to make sure everything is in place to keep you safe. When you’ll return, or join us for the first time there will be;

  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout our spaces
  • Helpful and clear signage that explains how our spaces operate and any new rules you need to follow when using them.
  • Social distancing floor markings to remind us to keep our distance from each other.
  • Some areas will operate one-way systems, with new entrance and exit points.
  • Enhanced cleaning, with additional cleaning of our spaces taking place throughout the day, with deep cleaning taking place prior to opening and after closing each day.
  • New mobile ordering online for food and drink in some of our spaces.
  • Contactless payments preferred across all our spaces.

We cannot wait to see you again and welcome you back to your Students’ Union spaces.


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