Meet Our Friends – Our Favourite Things to do in London
We have some fantastic suggestions for great places to eat and drink!
And things to see! while you are in the East End. Checkout the map and links below to find out about what some of our friends have to offer. We’ve also put together a list of other tours and things to do that we recommend in London, the U.K and the rest of the world!
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Eating & Drinking
1. The Canvas
Social Enterprise Café where you can draw on the walls
42 Hanbury St, London E1 5JL
2. The Water Poet
Traditional London Pub with £10 lunch deal on weekdays, inclusive of a drink.
9-11 Folgate St, E1 6BX,
3. The English Restaurant
Family owned and run coffee shop and restaurant set in an original Georgian House
52 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AG
4. Golden Heart
Where the Brick Lane creative revolution started. Landlady Sandra was named one of the most influential people in British art.
110 Commercial St, London E1 6LZ
5. 10 Bells
Opened in the 1850’s and still retaining its Victorian tiling, has a good selection of craft beers.
84 Commercial Street, London E1 6QG
7. Brick Lane Brasserie
Family run Curry House on Brick Lane
67 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Amongst the best curry shops on Brick Lane
88 Brick Lane, London, E1
9. Pride of Spitalfields
The best local pub in East London
3 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ
Highly acclaimed traditional Punjabi food
87 New Road, London E1 1HH
11. The Carpenters Arms
Great food and a large selection of beers from around the world
73 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EG
13. Brick Lane Beigels
London’s original and best Beigels, the only Jewish businesses surviving on Brick Lane
159 & 155 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
15. Well & Bucket
Beautiful beer, oysters & sliders and a little secret bar down below.
143 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG
16. Owl and Pussycat
Shoreditch Pub with lively beer garden
34 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7D
Bombay Café style restaurant, recently voted best food in the U.K by Yelp.
7 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE
18. Book Club
Food, drinks, D.J’s and free ping pong!
100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH
19. Queen of Hoxton
Book Club’s ‘older sister’ great roof terrace and live music nights 1-5 CURTAIN ROAD LONDON EC2A 3JX
20. 98 Curtain Road
Zebra prints, lavish colourful fittings and Victoriana lend this cocktail bar a fairy tale vibe.
98 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AA
21. Old Blue Last
Refurbished East End boozer, with live music venue upstairs, attracting trendy young crowd
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES
22. Bar Kick
Spacious bar with table football, hung with flags and memorabilia and showing matches on big screen. Daily happy hour.
127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
23. Syd’s Coffee Stall
Serving hot drinks since 1918
On the corner of Calvert Avenue and Shoreditch High St.
24. Paper n Cup
Not for profit coffee and book shop, supporting the Spitalfields Crypt Trust.
18 Calvert Avenue E2 7JP
25. Dragon Bar
Amazing £5 lunch menu during the day, lively Shoreditch bar by night.
138 – 139, Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
Cool, intimate bar and creperie serving bespoke pancakes and cocktails, with DJs plus a courtyard.
1 Rivington Place, EC2A
27. Bedroom Bar
Bohemian, traveller-inspired rooms on 2 floors with live music and DJs on 2 sound systems.
62-68 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
Traditional East End Café, serving breakfast lunch and sandwiches
67 Rivington Street Shoreditch
29. Calooh Calay
Low-lit Shoreditch bar with Lewis Carroll-themed interior and long menu of innovative cocktails.
65 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY
30. Barley Mow
Traditional, compact corner pub with bench and stool seating, stripped floors and real ales on tap.
127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AU
31. Portside Parlour
Candle-lit bar with leather sofas and illustration-covered walls, plus over 50 rums and cocktails.
14 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DU
32. Red Market (May – October)
Street Food market by day, bar and D.J’s in the evening.
1-3 Rivington St. London EC2A 3DT
34. Vietnamese Food
There is over 10 Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AAU. Take your pick!
35. On the Bab
Brilliant and affordable Korean restaurant
305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA
36. Frizzante at Hackney City Farm
Hearty Rustic Food by the farm.
Hackney City Farm, 1 A Goldsmith’s Row, London E2 8QA
37. Jaguar Shoes
Hipster cafe bar behind glass shopfront of an ex-wholesalers, with candlelit, bare-brick basement.
32-34 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA
38. E. Pellicci
Vintage Art Deco workers’ cafe offering the full English breakfast and Italian classics since 1900.
332 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG
Shops & Galleries in East London
1. Whitechapel Gallery
Opened in 1901, the first permanent gallery in the East End.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
2. Stolen Space
Compact art gallery hosting temporary, contemporary underground and urban art exhibitions.
17 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD
2-storey Victorian warehouse for vast vintage fashion, lifestyle and second-hand homeware bazaar.
4. Rough Trade
Music emporium in old brewery with a coffee shop, also selling books and hosting in-store gigs.
Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
5, Backyard Market (weekends)
A large variety of local independent traders under one roof.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
6. Brick Lane Books
Specialists of books about London and the East End.
166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
7, Spitalfields City Farm
Local city farm with events and happenings all year
Buxton Street, London E1 5AR
8. Graffiti Life
Contemporary artist-run gallery
26 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH
9, Beach London
Gallery focused on design and illustration, selling books and gifts, plus original artworks.
20 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH
10. Beyond Retro
Vintage clothing retailer
110-112 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EJ
11. Red Gallery / Alt Ldn H.Q
Alternative London Bus and Alternative London pop up Gallery
1-3 Rivington St, EC2A 3DT
Books, magazines and prints.
3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT
13. Pure Evil Gallery
A showcase of urban artist Pure Evil’s work, alongside other street art
Print studio and gallery specialising in street art and urban contemporary art
2A Luke Street Shoreditch EC2A 4NT
Gallery and organisers of the annual Moniker Art Fair
73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch
16. Hoxton Gallery
Gallery space with regular pop up exhibitions
9 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA
17. Good times Tattoo
Rated one of the best studios in the world with top class artists. Owned by Nicole Lowe of London Ink.
147 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE
19. Nelly Duff
Edition House & Gallery established in 2005, nestled amid the creative heart of London’s East End, on Columbia Road
156 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
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