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To Eat

The Blue's Kitchen

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.

Beagle

Situated beneath the railway arches of Hoxton station Beagle sports a true, back-to-basics British ethos. While the menu changes daily the focus is primarily on meat and fish, using seasonal british produce. The bar serves sophisticated cocktails alongside British beers and wines and has a large outdoor area making it a good after work drinks spot on sunnier days.

On the Bab

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.

100 Hoxton

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 Owl & Pussycat

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.

Story Deli

Without being outlandish, their wafer-thin pizza bases hold a visually enticing combination of toppings that are more interesting than your everyday pizza. Although the pizzas are not cheap and the menu (including drinks) is limited, just one look at the ‘Fico’ pizza topped with goats cheese, figs, parma ham, red onion, capers and salad greens and you’ll know it is worth it. Note that they do not accept card payments.

Leila's

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.

St. John Bread and Wine

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.

  • 020 7251 0848
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  • Spitalfields Arts Market, 94-96 Commercial Street
    London
    E1 6LZ

Rochelle Canteen

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.

Bistrotheque

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.

8 Hoxton Square

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.

Lyle's

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.

  • 020 3011 5911
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  • Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street
    London
    E1 6JJ

Dishoom

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.

Tramshed

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.

Brawn

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).

Andina

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.

Albion

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.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

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.

  • 020 7729 0953
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  • 152-154 Bethnal Green Road
    London
    E2 6DG

Look Mum No Hands!

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.

The Blue's Kitchen

Beagle

On the Bab

100 Hoxton

The Owl & Pussycat

Story Deli

Leila's

St. John Bread and Wine

Rochelle Canteen

Bistrotheque

8 Hoxton Squre

Lyle's

Dishoom

Tramshed

Brawn

Andina

Albion

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Look Mum No Hands!

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