SOAS Gems map and Bea's

This map was created by SOAS University Of London to highlight all the best places to visit in and around the SOAS campus. The places on the map are favourites of SOAS and the maps will be handed out to students and visitors to the university. 

Bea's are proud to be part of the Gems map and be a 'Gem' in the area for students and visitors, and welcome all. Students with a valid SOAS student card, can claim their 10% discount at our Bloomsbury Cafe. 

SOAS University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. 

SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

On the one hand, this means that SOAS scholars grapple with pressing issues - democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, social change - confronting two-thirds of humankind  while at the same time remaining guardians of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK. 

SOAS is synonymous with intellectual enquiry and achievement. As a global academic base and a crucial resource for London, SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain some of the most challenging issues facing us in the world today. 

Our academic focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East makes us an indispensable interpreter in a complex world. 

SOAS, University of London at a glance:

90% Satisfied with teaching

SOAS is top for teaching in London with a score of 90% (3% above the sector average) (National student survey 2016). 88% of students at SOAS are satisfied overall – up from 87% last year, equalling the highest recorded at SOAS and 2% points above the sector average. 

133 Countries

SOAS has more than 5,000 students from 133 countries on campus, and just over 50% per cent of them are from outside the UK. In addition, about 3,600 students around the world are taking one our distance learning programmes. 

Equal Split

There is a roughly equal split between undergraduates (55%) and postgraduates (45%). 

Mature Students

24% of undergraduates are over 21 when they start their course. 

350 Combinations

More than 350 undergraduate degree combinations are available in social sciences, arts, humanities and languages, all with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance. And over 115 postgraduate programmes. 


SOAS offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages, all of which may be studied without prior knowledge. The school was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009 for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching. 


More than forty per cent of our undergraduate degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country. 

300 Academics

SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (300+ academics) concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East at any university in the world. 

National Leader

In the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008, more than 85 per cent of our submissions were ranked at either the highest grade of 4* (world-leading quality), 3* (internationally excellent) or 2* (recognised internationally). 

11.3:1 Ratio

Small-group teaching remains an important feature of study at SOAS – our student-staff ratio (11.3:1) is one of the best in the UK. 

Over 115 Postgraduate Programmes

SOAS has over 115 postgraduate programmes taught on campus and a wide range of degrees, certificates and diplomas taught by distance learning, in the social sciences, humanities and languages, with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance. 


The SOAS Library – recently refurbished – has more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and attracts scholars from all around the world.

About Bea's 

Bea’s serves customers across London from fantastic locations in the heart of the city, and provides a full compliment of food throughout the day, including a great breakfast selection, lunch/brunch, and our renowned, delicious cupcakes, cakes, Duffins, and incredible afternoon teas, served at our lovely stores in Bloomsbury, Marylebone and St Paul's. We also provide a take-away only service in Maida Vale, and Farringdon, both just a few steps from the station! 


Most recently our coffee has taken the city by storm with some of the finest baristas training our staff to the very highest of standards 


Bea's have been making a name for themselves creating some of the country's finest wedding and birthday cakes, made with love, to order, and delivered to your home, office, or your celebration venue.