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Guidebook for London

Food Scene
There's much debate over which of the Brick Lane bagel shops is better: The Yellow One or The White One (Beigel Bake). And you'll find patrons fiercely defending their choices with arguments including: The Yellow One has been here longer (over a century longer, in fact), but it sells bacon, which White One fans will dub un-Jewish and blasphemous on a bagel. The truth is, they're both as good as each other, especially when those hunger pangs surface in the early hours and can only be satiated by a salt beef bagel. We suggest simply joining the shorter queue.
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Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery
155 Brick Ln
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There's much debate over which of the Brick Lane bagel shops is better: The Yellow One or The White One (Beigel Bake). And you'll find patrons fiercely defending their choices with arguments including: The Yellow One has been here longer (over a century longer, in fact), but it sells bacon, which White One fans will dub un-Jewish and blasphemous on a bagel. The truth is, they're both as good as each other, especially when those hunger pangs surface in the early hours and can only be satiated by a salt beef bagel. We suggest simply joining the shorter queue.
Decorated with vintage music posters and old-school leather booths, The Blues Kitchen brings a touch of Texas to London’s east-end. It stays open till late hosting live music – the atmosphere makes it an ideal place to visit in a group of friends or family. Highlights of the BBQ menu include the buffalo wings and the slow smoked ribs. Portions are big so make sure you arrive hungry.
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The Blues Kitchen
134-146 Curtain Rd
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Decorated with vintage music posters and old-school leather booths, The Blues Kitchen brings a touch of Texas to London’s east-end. It stays open till late hosting live music – the atmosphere makes it an ideal place to visit in a group of friends or family. Highlights of the BBQ menu include the buffalo wings and the slow smoked ribs. Portions are big so make sure you arrive hungry.
The nouveau-Korean street food served in the hip sister joint of Koba is a great option for a quick bite. The name translates as ‘served with rice’ but this is by no means the defining characteristic of their food, and the buns stuffed with spicy meat are definitely worth trying. Be warned On the Bab don’t take reservations but in the worst-case scenario there is the option of a takeaway.
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On The Bab
305 Old St
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The nouveau-Korean street food served in the hip sister joint of Koba is a great option for a quick bite. The name translates as ‘served with rice’ but this is by no means the defining characteristic of their food, and the buns stuffed with spicy meat are definitely worth trying. Be warned On the Bab don’t take reservations but in the worst-case scenario there is the option of a takeaway.
Indulge in a laid-back brunch or dinner at 100 Hoxton; a favourite of the locals. Cuisine is centred around asian flavours and sharing plates. It is also a great place for those with dietary requirements as the staff are very accommodating and the majority of the menu is gluten-free.
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100 Hoxton St
100 Hoxton St
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Indulge in a laid-back brunch or dinner at 100 Hoxton; a favourite of the locals. Cuisine is centred around asian flavours and sharing plates. It is also a great place for those with dietary requirements as the staff are very accommodating and the majority of the menu is gluten-free.
The former east-end boozer has been given a gastropub makeover but still manages to retain its original charm and character. The ample seating in the heated terrace provides a good escape when the rush of the post-work customers arrive.
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The Owl & Pussycat
34 Redchurch St
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The former east-end boozer has been given a gastropub makeover but still manages to retain its original charm and character. The ample seating in the heated terrace provides a good escape when the rush of the post-work customers arrive.
The key to Leila’s shop is simplicity; the breakfast menu may be small consisting of just eggs, a cheese sandwich, a polish platter of sausages, pickles, horseradish and rye, but be grateful for the relief from endless choice and rest assured that the food is cooked just how you would want it with the eggs served still-sizzling in their pans. After dining be sure to head to Leila’s shop next door selling all the ingredients along with other unusual store-cupboard spices, jams and more.
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Leila's Shop
17 Calvert Ave
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The key to Leila’s shop is simplicity; the breakfast menu may be small consisting of just eggs, a cheese sandwich, a polish platter of sausages, pickles, horseradish and rye, but be grateful for the relief from endless choice and rest assured that the food is cooked just how you would want it with the eggs served still-sizzling in their pans. After dining be sure to head to Leila’s shop next door selling all the ingredients along with other unusual store-cupboard spices, jams and more.
What started initially as a bakery St John Bread and Wine expanded into a fully fledged restaurant in 2003. Like its paired-back, no-fuss furnishings, the food cooked using British ingredients is truly comforting and delicious. The well- informed staff dressed in white make you feel as if you are being served by the chefs themselves.
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St. John
26 St John St
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What started initially as a bakery St John Bread and Wine expanded into a fully fledged restaurant in 2003. Like its paired-back, no-fuss furnishings, the food cooked using British ingredients is truly comforting and delicious. The well- informed staff dressed in white make you feel as if you are being served by the chefs themselves.
This understated eatery is difficult to find and you have to press a buzzer to enter, but that is the beauty of it. Dubbed as ‘Britain’s best kept secret’, it is located in a former victorian school bike shed converted into an airy space that looks out onto the grassy playground. Dining here you will be rubbing shoulders with the thriving creative types who work in the building. The menu is short but deliciously wholesome. Go for lunch – advance booking is advised as the space is small and often busy.
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Rochelle Canteen
16 Playground Gardens
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This understated eatery is difficult to find and you have to press a buzzer to enter, but that is the beauty of it. Dubbed as ‘Britain’s best kept secret’, it is located in a former victorian school bike shed converted into an airy space that looks out onto the grassy playground. Dining here you will be rubbing shoulders with the thriving creative types who work in the building. The menu is short but deliciously wholesome. Go for lunch – advance booking is advised as the space is small and often busy.
The light and airy decor, diverse menu and welcoming staff make this a particularly great place to go for brunch. As for the dinner menu, favourites include the steak tartare and the duck leg with spiced lentils and pancetta.
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Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green
23-27 Wadeson St
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The light and airy decor, diverse menu and welcoming staff make this a particularly great place to go for brunch. As for the dinner menu, favourites include the steak tartare and the duck leg with spiced lentils and pancetta.
Serving great food and wine this ‘Modern European’ restaurant has more than just burgers and beers on the menu. The informal, unrushed atmosphere, friendly staff and the fact that they take reservations make this the perfect destination for having a good time with a date, family or friends on any occasion occasions.
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8 Hoxton Square
8 Hoxton Square
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Serving great food and wine this ‘Modern European’ restaurant has more than just burgers and beers on the menu. The informal, unrushed atmosphere, friendly staff and the fact that they take reservations make this the perfect destination for having a good time with a date, family or friends on any occasion occasions.
Not for those who like to eat-and- run, coming to dinner at Lyle’s means surrendering to the restaurant’s no-choice menu which provides you with seven small courses for £39 in a long, leisurely meal. If you prioritise speed and à la carte menus then perhaps a lunchtime visit would be better – try James Lowe’s blood cake if you can.
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Lyle's
56 Shoreditch High St
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Not for those who like to eat-and- run, coming to dinner at Lyle’s means surrendering to the restaurant’s no-choice menu which provides you with seven small courses for £39 in a long, leisurely meal. If you prioritise speed and à la carte menus then perhaps a lunchtime visit would be better – try James Lowe’s blood cake if you can.
Inspired by the Irani cafés of late twentieth-century Bombay, Dishoom balances a mixture of authentic Bombay dishes as well as a few modern creations. Make sure you sample some of Dishoom’s delicious cocktails, served up in their bar, The Permit Room, including classics such as Juleps and Sours or their traditional drinks with a twist – chilli martini anyone? Go for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Dishoom Shoreditch
7 Boundary St
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Inspired by the Irani cafés of late twentieth-century Bombay, Dishoom balances a mixture of authentic Bombay dishes as well as a few modern creations. Make sure you sample some of Dishoom’s delicious cocktails, served up in their bar, The Permit Room, including classics such as Juleps and Sours or their traditional drinks with a twist – chilli martini anyone? Go for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday nights.
The venue is certainly impressive: picture a Damien Hirst cow and chicken in formaldehyde suspended over the dining tables in a revived tramshed. Tramshed’s menu is simple; seasonal starters to share, followed by, you guessed it, steak or chicken. After filling up, head downstairs to see their very own gallery, Cock ’n’ Bull, whose exhibitions rotate every 6 weeks.
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Tramshed
32 Rivington St
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The venue is certainly impressive: picture a Damien Hirst cow and chicken in formaldehyde suspended over the dining tables in a revived tramshed. Tramshed’s menu is simple; seasonal starters to share, followed by, you guessed it, steak or chicken. After filling up, head downstairs to see their very own gallery, Cock ’n’ Bull, whose exhibitions rotate every 6 weeks.
Working with local suppliers Brawn aims to provide a food menu and wine list that is both simple and seasonal. It is recommended to go in a group as the dishes are made to share. They place a lot of emphasis on the origins of their food and this is clear just from tasting the cheese (from Androuet in Spitalfields) and the wonderful bread (from E5 bakehouse).
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Brawn
49 Columbia Rd
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Working with local suppliers Brawn aims to provide a food menu and wine list that is both simple and seasonal. It is recommended to go in a group as the dishes are made to share. They place a lot of emphasis on the origins of their food and this is clear just from tasting the cheese (from Androuet in Spitalfields) and the wonderful bread (from E5 bakehouse).
Inspired by the picanterías in the Andes, Andina is the brainchild of the founder of the popular Ceviche in Soho. This colourful restaurant has an all-day menu including Andina’s own Peruvian coffee blend, a mixture of traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, cancha (a Peruvian popcorn snack; a must-try) and quinoa burgers. Andina is as much a bar as it is a restaurant, the owner is a former DJ, so be sure to try a pisco sour (Peru’s national cocktail) while enjoying the well-chosen, upbeat music.
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Andina Shoreditch
1 Redchurch St
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Inspired by the picanterías in the Andes, Andina is the brainchild of the founder of the popular Ceviche in Soho. This colourful restaurant has an all-day menu including Andina’s own Peruvian coffee blend, a mixture of traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, cancha (a Peruvian popcorn snack; a must-try) and quinoa burgers. Andina is as much a bar as it is a restaurant, the owner is a former DJ, so be sure to try a pisco sour (Peru’s national cocktail) while enjoying the well-chosen, upbeat music.
Situated in the Boundary hotel The Albion is a self-proclaimed café – a place where locals can drop in for a casual meal or even just for a slice of cake and cup of tea. While the menu descriptions don’t seem to far off your average cafés, each dish is prepared with the highest quality ingredients and executed with precision. Unfortunately queues are to be expected since reservations can only be made for large groups for dinner so aim for off-peak times if possible.
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Albion Shoreditch
2-4 Boundary St
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Situated in the Boundary hotel The Albion is a self-proclaimed café – a place where locals can drop in for a casual meal or even just for a slice of cake and cup of tea. While the menu descriptions don’t seem to far off your average cafés, each dish is prepared with the highest quality ingredients and executed with precision. Unfortunately queues are to be expected since reservations can only be made for large groups for dinner so aim for off-peak times if possible.
London’s first ever cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a home for rescued cats where feline lovers can come and enjoy a cup of tea and some cake. While the concept originated in Japan, London’s version has put its own British spin on things by offering full afternoon tea services. Want to pay a visit? Make sure you book online beforehand – the café has been in popular demand since its recent opening
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Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium
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London’s first ever cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a home for rescued cats where feline lovers can come and enjoy a cup of tea and some cake. While the concept originated in Japan, London’s version has put its own British spin on things by offering full afternoon tea services. Want to pay a visit? Make sure you book online beforehand – the café has been in popular demand since its recent opening
Upon arrival at look mum no hands! (LMNH), the name suddenly makes sense – the coffee shop is also a bicycle store. The place is often full on Saturdays, packed with couples, groups of friends and young families so be sure to arrive before the lunchtime rush. LMNH has a large selection of food, including hot dishes, but make sure you try their coffee – the beans come from local company Square Mile
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Look mum no hands!
49 Old St
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Upon arrival at look mum no hands! (LMNH), the name suddenly makes sense – the coffee shop is also a bicycle store. The place is often full on Saturdays, packed with couples, groups of friends and young families so be sure to arrive before the lunchtime rush. LMNH has a large selection of food, including hot dishes, but make sure you try their coffee – the beans come from local company Square Mile
http://epellicci.com
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E Pellicci
332 Bethnal Green Rd
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http://epellicci.com
Parks & Nature
Escape city life for an afternoon and venture to Hackney City Farm, situated between Broadway Market and Columbia Road. Explore the farmyard where you will find many animals, gardens and butterfly house, or stop off at its Italian deli Frizzante, which does a great breakfast and seasonal Mediterranean cooking. They also have the added attractions of pottery and cooking workshops.
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Hackney City Farm
1a Goldsmiths Row
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Escape city life for an afternoon and venture to Hackney City Farm, situated between Broadway Market and Columbia Road. Explore the farmyard where you will find many animals, gardens and butterfly house, or stop off at its Italian deli Frizzante, which does a great breakfast and seasonal Mediterranean cooking. They also have the added attractions of pottery and cooking workshops.
Have your lunch or spend a quiet afternoon on the shady lawn of Jesus Green park. An attractive green space encircled by railings, it’s family friendly and the a great spot to take a break from seeing the East London sights.
Jesus Green
Have your lunch or spend a quiet afternoon on the shady lawn of Jesus Green park. An attractive green space encircled by railings, it’s family friendly and the a great spot to take a break from seeing the East London sights.
Ion Square Gardens
London Fields is one of Hackney's most popular parks. It's classified as common land due to its history as a site for grazing animals and moving them to market at Smithfield. The park's large grassy spaces are surrounded by London Plane trees. The park holds a Green Flag award - an award given annually to the best green spaces in the country. Amenities inc: paddling pool - May to September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays) and Thursdays for cleaning two children's play areas, cricket pitch, pétanque area, sports changing rooms, London Fields Lido, Lido Cafe, two tennis courts, table tennis table, toilets, accessible toilets. http://www.hackney.gov.uk/london-fields
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London Fields
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London Fields is one of Hackney's most popular parks. It's classified as common land due to its history as a site for grazing animals and moving them to market at Smithfield. The park's large grassy spaces are surrounded by London Plane trees. The park holds a Green Flag award - an award given annually to the best green spaces in the country. Amenities inc: paddling pool - May to September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays) and Thursdays for cleaning two children's play areas, cricket pitch, pétanque area, sports changing rooms, London Fields Lido, Lido Cafe, two tennis courts, table tennis table, toilets, accessible toilets. http://www.hackney.gov.uk/london-fields
Haggerston Park is in the south west corner of Hackney, bordering Hackney Road. The park was developed in two phases in the 1950's and 1980's transforming the bomb damaged gas works and housing area. The northern half of the park was developed first and was laid out following a nautical theme. The southern half followed and included the development of Hackney City Farm. The park holds a Green Flag award. The awards are given to the best green spaces in the country and are awarded each year to make sure the quality of the green space remains high. Amenities inc: astroturf, athletics track (seasonal), basketball, BMX cycle track, children's play area, conservation area, emergency telephone, farm, multi-usage games area for tennis, football, basketball, and netball, extensive gardens (near Whiston Road), pond, toilets, accessible toilets (temporarily closed), trim trail (wood multi-gym apparatus), ping pong table.
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Haggerston Park
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Haggerston Park is in the south west corner of Hackney, bordering Hackney Road. The park was developed in two phases in the 1950's and 1980's transforming the bomb damaged gas works and housing area. The northern half of the park was developed first and was laid out following a nautical theme. The southern half followed and included the development of Hackney City Farm. The park holds a Green Flag award. The awards are given to the best green spaces in the country and are awarded each year to make sure the quality of the green space remains high. Amenities inc: astroturf, athletics track (seasonal), basketball, BMX cycle track, children's play area, conservation area, emergency telephone, farm, multi-usage games area for tennis, football, basketball, and netball, extensive gardens (near Whiston Road), pond, toilets, accessible toilets (temporarily closed), trim trail (wood multi-gym apparatus), ping pong table.
Shopping
Just a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market is a haven for shoppers. Although open seven days a week, the main market days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For antique lovers, the Thursday market is a treasure trove of vintage and antique collectables and should not be missed.
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Old Spitalfields Market
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Just a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market is a haven for shoppers. Although open seven days a week, the main market days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For antique lovers, the Thursday market is a treasure trove of vintage and antique collectables and should not be missed.
Open every Sunday starting at 8am until 3pm, the Flower Market is a visual delight. Transforming the street into a sea of foliage, the market is comprised of 60 sellers who either grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world. Arrive early to ensure you get the best of the bunch or alternatively arrive around 2pm for the best bargains.
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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Open every Sunday starting at 8am until 3pm, the Flower Market is a visual delight. Transforming the street into a sea of foliage, the market is comprised of 60 sellers who either grow their own plants or import flowers from around the world. Arrive early to ensure you get the best of the bunch or alternatively arrive around 2pm for the best bargains.
Aimé has expanded from its original home in Westbourne Grove to the ever-trendy Redchurch Street. Selling all the most stylish Parisienne labels including Isabel Marant, A.P.C., Masscob and Forte Forte. Think Clémence Poésy with that effortless chic that the French always seem to get so right.
Aimé
17 Redchurch St
Aimé has expanded from its original home in Westbourne Grove to the ever-trendy Redchurch Street. Selling all the most stylish Parisienne labels including Isabel Marant, A.P.C., Masscob and Forte Forte. Think Clémence Poésy with that effortless chic that the French always seem to get so right.
This cool concept store showcases an amazing selection of clothes for both men and women in an industrial interior. Just in case you’re not tempted already, you’ll also find a vintage beauty salon and café inside. Browse the mix of indie chic clothing labels while sipping on a cup of coffee, or imagine you are back in the 1930s getting your hair and make-up done.
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AIDA Shoreditch
133 Shoreditch High St
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This cool concept store showcases an amazing selection of clothes for both men and women in an industrial interior. Just in case you’re not tempted already, you’ll also find a vintage beauty salon and café inside. Browse the mix of indie chic clothing labels while sipping on a cup of coffee, or imagine you are back in the 1930s getting your hair and make-up done.
Founded in 1860 Sunspel has a history of quality, a true pioneer of British craftsmanship committed to simple, everyday clothing using the finest materials and old-fashioned techniques. Originally just a menswear store they now also have a line for women.
Sunspel
5-7 Redchurch St
Founded in 1860 Sunspel has a history of quality, a true pioneer of British craftsmanship committed to simple, everyday clothing using the finest materials and old-fashioned techniques. Originally just a menswear store they now also have a line for women.
The Son of a Stag stocks several mid-range designers and specialise in denim; the owner is an expert and they stock a wide variety of denim brands including the uber cool Japanese specialists EDWIN along with the classic Levi’s and Wranglers. The majority of the stock is menswear, however, there is a small yet sleek range devoted to ladies. Its alluring window displays can be admired from the smoking area in The Big Chill bar opposite, it can be a tempting to indulge in a post-drink spree.
Son of a Stag
9 Dray Walk
The Son of a Stag stocks several mid-range designers and specialise in denim; the owner is an expert and they stock a wide variety of denim brands including the uber cool Japanese specialists EDWIN along with the classic Levi’s and Wranglers. The majority of the stock is menswear, however, there is a small yet sleek range devoted to ladies. Its alluring window displays can be admired from the smoking area in The Big Chill bar opposite, it can be a tempting to indulge in a post-drink spree.
A self-initiated, self-funded project to curate some of the finest products and clothing imported from every corner of the world. Having become synonymous with effortless style the Goodhood Store has a well-selected array of independent brands for both men and women. When it comes to the difficult task of buying gifts for those hipster boyfriends, girlfriends or family members, the cabinet full of jewellery, watches and sunglasses are a safe bet.
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Goodhood
151 Curtain Rd
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A self-initiated, self-funded project to curate some of the finest products and clothing imported from every corner of the world. Having become synonymous with effortless style the Goodhood Store has a well-selected array of independent brands for both men and women. When it comes to the difficult task of buying gifts for those hipster boyfriends, girlfriends or family members, the cabinet full of jewellery, watches and sunglasses are a safe bet.
Situated on Shoreditch High Street, Maiden is a quirky gift shop full of fun and silly oddities. Books, jewellery, kitchenware or toys, Maiden has the terrific gifts for all ages. Be sure to pop in, whether or not you are in need of a present for someone, as the shop’s entertaining selection is bound to put a smile on your face.
Maiden
188 Shoreditch High St
Situated on Shoreditch High Street, Maiden is a quirky gift shop full of fun and silly oddities. Books, jewellery, kitchenware or toys, Maiden has the terrific gifts for all ages. Be sure to pop in, whether or not you are in need of a present for someone, as the shop’s entertaining selection is bound to put a smile on your face.
A cutting-edge womenswear store that offers a mix of hand picked affordable brands alongside concessions such as Australian brand Sass & Bide, and Helmut Lang. The secret to shopping in this store is confidence – the bold colours and shapes the clothing are not for those who like to keep it simple.
GLASSWORKS
190 Shoreditch High St
A cutting-edge womenswear store that offers a mix of hand picked affordable brands alongside concessions such as Australian brand Sass & Bide, and Helmut Lang. The secret to shopping in this store is confidence – the bold colours and shapes the clothing are not for those who like to keep it simple.
Housed in an old mattress factory in the middle of the Shoreditch triangle, SCP is one of London’s largest design stores. Spread over two floors and featuring both international brands and SCP’s own designs, expect to find beautiful contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories.
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SCP Ltd
135-139 Curtain Rd
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Housed in an old mattress factory in the middle of the Shoreditch triangle, SCP is one of London’s largest design stores. Spread over two floors and featuring both international brands and SCP’s own designs, expect to find beautiful contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories.
For the budding domestic goddess, Labour and Wait is a haven of kitchenware. The small shop makes you feel like you’ve stepped back about 60 years in time with its range of practical goods, all with a simple, classic design – a refreshing change to the complex gadgets of today. The shop also has a small selection of vintage clothing and old-fashioned gifts that are worth perusing.
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Labour and Wait
85 Redchurch St
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For the budding domestic goddess, Labour and Wait is a haven of kitchenware. The small shop makes you feel like you’ve stepped back about 60 years in time with its range of practical goods, all with a simple, classic design – a refreshing change to the complex gadgets of today. The shop also has a small selection of vintage clothing and old-fashioned gifts that are worth perusing.
Drinks & Nightlife
A hipster favourite, The Birdcage is often packed at the weekends with twenty- somethings and locals flocking to the friendly pub for karaoke. Be prepared to witness some great talent as attendees belt out classic anthems. Make sure you arrive early to guarantee a seat.
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Birdcage
80 Columbia Rd
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A hipster favourite, The Birdcage is often packed at the weekends with twenty- somethings and locals flocking to the friendly pub for karaoke. Be prepared to witness some great talent as attendees belt out classic anthems. Make sure you arrive early to guarantee a seat.
Love cocktails? Look no further than Callooh Callay. This international award- winning bar serves up some of the most inventive cocktails in London. Its Lewis Carroll theme makes it a quirky spot full of interesting ornaments and amusing drinks names, such as Pea-ter Rabbit and Guac’ to the Future. While customers are free to walk in, bookings can be made for drinks in a separate lounge area for larger groups.
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Callooh Callay
65 Rivington St
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Love cocktails? Look no further than Callooh Callay. This international award- winning bar serves up some of the most inventive cocktails in London. Its Lewis Carroll theme makes it a quirky spot full of interesting ornaments and amusing drinks names, such as Pea-ter Rabbit and Guac’ to the Future. While customers are free to walk in, bookings can be made for drinks in a separate lounge area for larger groups.
Tucked away in a small basement in Hoxton Square, Happiness Forgets’ deep red walls and candle-lighting create an intimate atmosphere for a date or pre- drinks with friends. The sounds of jazz, pop, RnB or soul are often heard while bartenders serve up excellent drinks. Happiness Forgets specialises in spirits and cocktails so be sure to try one of their original concoctions.
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Happiness Forgets
8-9 Hoxton Square
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Tucked away in a small basement in Hoxton Square, Happiness Forgets’ deep red walls and candle-lighting create an intimate atmosphere for a date or pre- drinks with friends. The sounds of jazz, pop, RnB or soul are often heard while bartenders serve up excellent drinks. Happiness Forgets specialises in spirits and cocktails so be sure to try one of their original concoctions.
The Boundary Rooftop Bar is a popular alfresco retreat providing stunning panoramic views of the London skyline in the heart of Shoreditch. A weatherproof pergola means the bar and dining area is open in all weathers, while wicker chairs and heaters make it a pleasant place to have a drink from the impressive list of house- designed cocktails, beers and wines.
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Boundary London
2-4 Boundary St
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The Boundary Rooftop Bar is a popular alfresco retreat providing stunning panoramic views of the London skyline in the heart of Shoreditch. A weatherproof pergola means the bar and dining area is open in all weathers, while wicker chairs and heaters make it a pleasant place to have a drink from the impressive list of house- designed cocktails, beers and wines.
A traditionally furnished pub where there is a regular crowd and friendly atmosphere, The Carpenter’s Arms has been a long-time local favourite. Decades ago it was run by the mum of Ronnie and Reggie Kray (the infamous east-end gangsters), but now the only sign of this is a photograph of the boys on the wall, and the welcoming new owners will make you forget about it’s sinister past. The pub has an excellent drinks list, with over 50 ales from around the world and lots of lagers or bottled options as well.
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The Carpenters Arms
73 Cheshire St
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A traditionally furnished pub where there is a regular crowd and friendly atmosphere, The Carpenter’s Arms has been a long-time local favourite. Decades ago it was run by the mum of Ronnie and Reggie Kray (the infamous east-end gangsters), but now the only sign of this is a photograph of the boys on the wall, and the welcoming new owners will make you forget about it’s sinister past. The pub has an excellent drinks list, with over 50 ales from around the world and lots of lagers or bottled options as well.
Situated in what was originally a storeroom for the old suit company above, Discount Suit Company is a stylish cocktail bar with an intimate atmosphere. Its strong list of cocktails is popular and it draws an eclectic crowd consisting of everyone from bankers to families. Visit an ATM beforehand since the bar is cash-only.
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Discount Suit Company
29 Wentworth St
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Situated in what was originally a storeroom for the old suit company above, Discount Suit Company is a stylish cocktail bar with an intimate atmosphere. Its strong list of cocktails is popular and it draws an eclectic crowd consisting of everyone from bankers to families. Visit an ATM beforehand since the bar is cash-only.
Don’t let the gory name put you off – The Shoreditch Butchery is a shabby-chic bar situated above popular club venue XOYO. Enjoy a drink Butchery’s surrounded by the industrial corrugated metal walls from the wide selection of European wines, cocktails and locally brewed beers and ales.
The Shoreditch Butchery
Don’t let the gory name put you off – The Shoreditch Butchery is a shabby-chic bar situated above popular club venue XOYO. Enjoy a drink Butchery’s surrounded by the industrial corrugated metal walls from the wide selection of European wines, cocktails and locally brewed beers and ales.
ocated in a former Victorian warehouse on Leonard Street, The Book Club is an East London staple. It is worth a visit for the drinks alone – cocktails with humorous names are served by the glass or in pitchers to share. With a relaxed atmosphere and relatively young crowd, The Book Club organises plenty of events including ping- pong tournaments and live performances.
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The Book Club
100-106 Leonard St
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ocated in a former Victorian warehouse on Leonard Street, The Book Club is an East London staple. It is worth a visit for the drinks alone – cocktails with humorous names are served by the glass or in pitchers to share. With a relaxed atmosphere and relatively young crowd, The Book Club organises plenty of events including ping- pong tournaments and live performances.
Mexican sea-side vibe and lively atmosphere, Casa Negra is great for large groups of friends to meet for drinks and have an earlier dance (downstairs is busy from 10pm) to an array of feel-good tunes. Behind the bar, the good-looking staff serve up an array of cocktails, including frozen margaritas, high-quality tequilas and Bloody Marys with a dash of Mexican hot sauce.
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Casa Negra
54-56 Great Eastern St
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Mexican sea-side vibe and lively atmosphere, Casa Negra is great for large groups of friends to meet for drinks and have an earlier dance (downstairs is busy from 10pm) to an array of feel-good tunes. Behind the bar, the good-looking staff serve up an array of cocktails, including frozen margaritas, high-quality tequilas and Bloody Marys with a dash of Mexican hot sauce.
Just moments away from Old Street station, XOYO (pronounced ‘Ex-Oh-Why-Oh’), is one of East London’s top live music clubs. Featuring a split-level interior, the club holds 800 people and is a frequent host to top-name DJs and bands. But be aware that door charges may vary depending on the event.
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XOYO
32-37 Cowper St
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Just moments away from Old Street station, XOYO (pronounced ‘Ex-Oh-Why-Oh’), is one of East London’s top live music clubs. Featuring a split-level interior, the club holds 800 people and is a frequent host to top-name DJs and bands. But be aware that door charges may vary depending on the event.
Concrete is an underground space, found on the lower level of the Tea Building in the centre of Shoreditch. As its name would suggest, Concrete’s interior is simple and industrial with long tables making it a good place for drinks with larger groups of friends. Be sure to attend when Concrete’s Work It night is on to hear the best in Hip Hop and RnB.
Concrete Space
56 Shoreditch High St
Concrete is an underground space, found on the lower level of the Tea Building in the centre of Shoreditch. As its name would suggest, Concrete’s interior is simple and industrial with long tables making it a good place for drinks with larger groups of friends. Be sure to attend when Concrete’s Work It night is on to hear the best in Hip Hop and RnB.
Entertainment & Activities
A formerly run down commercial building near Broadway Market, Netil House is the home of East London’s creative community. Composed of bars, cafés, markets, clubs and artists studios, Netil House has something to entertain everyone. Head to the rooftop space Netil360 for great pop-up events throughout the summer and enjoy live music, yoga classes or host your own gathering in the exclusive hot tub area.
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Netil House
1 Westgate St
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A formerly run down commercial building near Broadway Market, Netil House is the home of East London’s creative community. Composed of bars, cafés, markets, clubs and artists studios, Netil House has something to entertain everyone. Head to the rooftop space Netil360 for great pop-up events throughout the summer and enjoy live music, yoga classes or host your own gathering in the exclusive hot tub area.
Sightseeing
Ditch the guidebook and experience a different side to London with an Alternative London Tour around East London. Discover the history and culture around Shoreditch and Brick Lane from a local’s perspective; all Alternative London tour guides live locally and belong to the thriving East London creative community, meaning there’s no better way to explore the area’s street art scene.
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Alternative London - Walking Tours, Bike Tours & Street Art Workshops
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Ditch the guidebook and experience a different side to London with an Alternative London Tour around East London. Discover the history and culture around Shoreditch and Brick Lane from a local’s perspective; all Alternative London tour guides live locally and belong to the thriving East London creative community, meaning there’s no better way to explore the area’s street art scene.