A personal guide.
EATING & DRINKING
East London is our home and it is where we live, work and play. We’ve pulled together a whole heap of recommendations right across
the board, so if you’re visiting London for a short stay or you’re after new things to discover then dive in. All
locations can be found on the interactive map at the bottom of the page. Thank us later…
Sandwiches like doorstops and a breakfast that would make any Northerner proud.
2-4 Boundary St, Shoreditch, E2 7DD
A Little Of What You Fancy
No-frills eatery serving an inventive, constantly changing British menu.
464 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AE, UK
Live venue/cafe & bar showcasing the best in alternative music from free jazz to psych rock.
18-22 Ashwin St. E8 3DL
The best Italian restaurant in the East and a beautiful location to boot.
23 Ezra St (off Columbia Road) E2 7RH
If you're a craft beer connoisseur then get down to Clapton Craft and fill your boots with their impressive selection.
97 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0NP
All the beers you could want plus an always changing pizza menu topped with a beautiful canalside setting.
7, White Building, Queen's Yard, E9 5EN
The Bombay style breakfasts at Dishoom live up to the hype. Served 'til 11.30 at weekends but arrive earlier to avoid ques.
7 Boundary St, E2 7JE
Jidori serve modern Japanese plates plus a dope selection of local and Japanese craft beers. Tip - katsu scotch egg is the one.
89 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB
Borough Wines outpost serving a huge selection of wine plus some increddddible French & Mediterranean style food.
230 Dalston Lane, E8 1LA
Cafe and select grocery store - fresh eggs, Brixton Bakery sour dough bread and seasonal fruit & veg.
15-17 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
Ridley Road Market Bar
Vibrant Tiki style bar situated down the traditional Ridley Road in Dalston serving super cheap but delicious cocktails & drinks.
49 Ridley Road, E8 2NP
Situated in the bike shed of an old Victorian school Rochelle Canteen is a daytime only spot perfect for the sunshine.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
The Royal Oak
The best pub in East depending on who you ask. A true East Ender with dark Oak decor and an expansive garden situated down the idyllic Columbia Road.
73 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
A cash only spot for the heads. Sublime fresh Italian pastas & homemade dishes best for takeaway. Lunchtime is busy so head down late afternoon and hope it all hasn't run out!
35 Charlotte Rd, EC2A 3PB
Pocket sized Pizza specialists in the heart of Clapton utilising fresh local ingredients and serving local beers & wine. Can get busy but it's worth the wait.
126 Upper Clapton Rd, E5 9JY
The Hive OF VYNER ST.
Cafe and eatery specialising in healthy foods and Vegan alternatives. Seasonal foods, coldpressed juices & natural wines a few metres from Cambridge Heath Station.
286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9DA
Intimate Japanese restaurant doubling up as a performance space showcasing interesting music all year round.
470 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AE
If you're after a zenned out coffee then head to Palm Vaults in and chill under the many houseplants and dope decor. Tip - velvet latte.
411 Mare St, E8 1HY
Above: Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick
ARTS & CULTURE
Iconic Brutalist landmark hosting exhibitions, screenings and concerts. The Sunday only conservatory houses tropical fish and plants. Best of all, it's free!
Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
Local publishers specialising in underground art and photography books & zines as well as offering workshops and hosting exhibitons.
4 Benyon Rd, N1 5TY
Tiny gallery in someones front room but prolifically interesting showcasing underground and obscure photography as well as showcasing new artists.
65 Ridley Road, E8 2NP
Gallery & bookshop hosting monthly exhibitions and selling self-published books. The first Thursday every month plays host to openings w/ free beers and good vibes.
42 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
30 seconds walk from Charing Cross station, specialising in, you guessed it, portraits. The current William Eggleston exhibiton is must see and runs until 31 October 2016.
St. Martins Place, WC2H 0HE
East London institution based in Dalston and broadcasting worldwide. The most varied, well curated and forward thinking selection of underground, dance and alternative music.
Whitechapel Gallery was built to bring art to the people and continues to do so with forward thinking exhibitions and a host of art workshops.
77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
Exhibitions, outdoor film screen, Somerset House has it all. Last chance to catch the unmissable Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick exhibition that runs until 24th August.
Strand, WC2R 1LA
Above: Gin Satoh at Doomed Gallery
OUT & ABOUT
CLISSOLD PARK BOWL
Skate bowl for the mellow riders situated in the beautiful Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. When your done, head down Church St. for good food and coffee.
Green Lanes, N16 9HJ
COLUMBIA FLOWER MARKET
This iconic flower market takes place every Sunday morning and offers every plant under the sun as well as a genuine slice of London's East End.
Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
HACKNEY CITY FARM
A local community hub offering the chance to get up close to farmyard animals as well as organising activities for kids and adults alike including pottery and mosaic making.
1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
LONDON FIELDS LIDO
If a hot summers day in London Fields gets too much then head for a splash in the Lido. Reading this in winter? No worries, it's heated.
London Fields West Side, E8 3EU
Grade II listed, fully independent, single screen Art Deco cinema in Dalston with two floor auditorium showing independent, foreign and classic films. Book two tickets at the same time on a Sunday and only pay for one!
107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB
In need of a bit of relaxation? Stretch Yoga will sort you out, offering personal sized classes without any of the horrible anti-zen gym vibes. Grab a juice from round the corner at Yes! Juice post workout.
59 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
Clean and minimal tattoo studio with a brilliant fit out (including old school Jawa motorbike) offering the best quality custom tattoos with friendly service and sound advice.
471 Hackney Rd, E2 9ED
Spend an hour on the lake, hit up the revered Pavilion Cafe, chill under the Chinese pagoda and wile away Summer days in the people's park.
Grove Rd, Bow, E3 5TB
Above: Clissold Park Bowl, Stoke Newington
Artwords is the place to go in Shoreditch for contemporary art and design books and magazines. Your but your wallet might not thank you for it afterwards but you'll find something new every time.
69 Rivington St, EC2A 3QQ
From the outside it looks like an indoor jungle, but venture inside and you'll find a perfectly curated selection of indoor and outdoor plants as well as vintage pots and furniture. A must visit if you're into greenery!
493-495 Hackney Road, E2 9ED
Prick has London's biggest selection of Cacti and other succulent plants sourced from all around the world. Prices range from £3 all the way up to £475 if you're after somehing extra special!
492 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AE
Boutique style bookshop specialising in art, photography and music as well as offering mouth watering rarities long out of print. Head across the road for a pint in the Cat & Mutton with your new books when you finally emerge.
75 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Another must visit record shop offering a tight selection of left field dance, electronic and world music. The trick is to avoid spending all your money in there but we're sure it's impossible.
44 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ
OTHER SIDE OF THE PILLOW
A real East London gem, Other Side of the Pillow sell a huge collection of vintage Vans shoes and is Japan-level good. Must visit even if it's just to gawk at some of the incredible rarities in there.
161B Lower Clapton Rd, E5 8EQ
Thunders is run by the legendary Barnzley and stocks an enviable amount of Japanese anarcho label Peel & Lift as well as one off Judy Blame jewellery and limited edition prints and artwork.
49 Commercial St, E1 6BD
The best selection of vintage garms anywhere in London, ranging from reasonably priced basics to ultra rare military, workwear and preppy pieces. If you're into the history of clothes, this place is like heaven on earth.
14 Earlham St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LN