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blues kitchen

Blues Kitchen

Lively BBQ joint with great live music

020 7729 7216 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR



The original of the now ubiquitous BBQ joints, with good meat-free options alongside traditional meaty feasts

020 7608 7230 201 City Road, EC1V 1JN



A pop-up mall opened in 2011, the 60 rented shipping containers here are filled with a mix of creative businesses, shops and cafes

020 7033 2899 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Brick Lane Bagel Shop

Brick Lane Beigel Shop

This 24 hour shop has been serving up traditional baked delights to the Jewish community since 1855

020 7729 0826 155 Brick Lane, E1 6SB

Columbia Road Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

If you’re looking for antiques, vintage homewares, art or (of course), flowers, there’s no better place for a weekend wander.

Columbia Road, E2

Electric Elephant Café and Gallery

Electric Elephant Café and Gallery

A café and gallery serving delicious homemade cakes and excellent, fairtrade coffee

020 7277 4433 186a Crampton St, SE17 3AE

English wine & spirit company

English Wine & Spirits Company

Innovative wine and spirits experts who stock an unusual range, handpicked from the best small producers

020 3751 9410 8 Devonshire Row, EC2M 4RH

Exmouth market

Exmouth Market

Thriving destination for food, drink and shopping

Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL



Cafe with quirky wall hangings, colourful tables and an extensive menu of organic coffee and cake

020 7403 7655 163-167 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UW

Grind shoreditch

Grind & Co

The first of a supercool chain of all-day coffee and drinks joints, Grind has been established in Shoreditch since 2011

020 7490 7490 213 Old Street, EC1V 9NR

Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm

A hidden oasis tucked away in the innermost urban environment, this is a great and stimulating place to visit with children

020 7729 6381 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA



Famous for its steaks from British reared beef and its weekend roasts, this is a mecca for carnivores.

020 7426 4850 157A Commercial Street, E1 6BJ

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

Discover what life was like on an historic warship that was active from WW2 until the 1960s. Great for family days out

020 7940 6300 The Queen's Walk, SE1 2JH


Hot Box

BBQ bar-grill with craft beers, bourbon and cocktails

020 7247 1817 46-48 Commercial St, E1 6LT

Hoxton Hotel

Hoxton Hotel

Great value, stylish hotel with 210 small but perfectly formed bedrooms.

020 7550 100 81 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HU

Jose bar


Authentic tapas and sherry bar, set up by ex Brindisa head-chef Jose Pizarro

020 7256 5333 104 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB

La Bodequita

La Bodeguita

A Latin-American grocery store, restaurant and deli that has been a destination for expats for years

020 7701 9166 Elephant & Castle shopping centre, Walworth Road, SE1 6TE

Le pont de la tour

Le Pont de la Tour

Modern French food in a glamorous setting with the backdrop of Tower Bridge.

020 7403 8403 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE

Maltby street market

Maltby Street Market

A world-famous must visit for tourists (and a shopping favourite for food loving locals)

Ropewalk, SE1 3PA

Merchant tavern

Merchants Tavern

A bar and dining room set in the warehouse that once housed the famous Cantaloupe bar, this is fine dining, Shoreditch style

020 7060 5335 36 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PG

nightjar london


With the feel of a modern day speakeasy, this award-winning bar is a favourite with discerning cocktail seekers

020 7253 4101 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

The chef, known for his Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant chain, Nobu Matsuhisa’s first London hotel

020 3818 3790 10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH

Pizarro London


José Pizarro’s second Bermondsey restaurant (it opened after sister restaurant José, up the road).

020 7378 9455 194 Bermondsey St, SE1 3TQ

red dog saloon

Red Dog Saloon

Billing itself as an ‘authentic Kansas city BBQ’ joint, this is one of a group of three Red Dog Saloons in London

020 3551 8014 37 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN

rivington shoreditch

Rivington Bar & Grill

Part of the Caprice stable (Le Caprice, The Ivy, J Sheekey), the menu here is fresh, seasonal and British

020 7729 7053 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ

Shoreditch house

Shoreditch House

East London home of the Soho House group, this is the place to meet, eat and relax

020 7739 5040 Ebor Street, E1 6AW

St. John Bread & Wine

St. John Bread & Wine

A local institution since 2003, this is the sister restaurant to the more formal St. John in Smithfield

020 7251 0848 94-96 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ

Sushi samba london

Sushi Samba

A Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion restaurant with city views to die for

020 3640 7330 110 Bishopsgate, 39th floor, EC2N 4AY

Tanner & co. restaurant

Tanner & Co

A restaurant, bar and warehouse-style space and outdoor area for events and parties

020 7357 0244 50 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD

The boundary london

The Boundary

Hotel with fantastic restaurants and bar and Rooftop with heated orangery

020 7729 1051 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD

The canvas cafe

The Canvas Cafe

A café designated the UK’S first Happiness Café, this is a great place to meet, work and eat

020 7018 1020 42 Hanbury St, E1 5JL

The george inn

The George

A seventeenth century pub (the only surviving galleried coaching inn in London) visited by Dickens

020 7407 2056 77 The George Inn Yard, Borough High Street, SE1 1NH

old truman brewery

The Old Truman Brewery

A creative hub in the heart of the End, the brewery has been home to a range of creative businesses, bars, galleries and shops for over 20 years

020 7770 6000 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

the shard

The Shard

Landmark skyscraper, with three separate floors from which to admire the view, excellent restaurants and bars, and a luxurious hotel

+44 (0) 844 499 7111 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG



A recently opened, Mark Hix, casual chicken and steak restaurant

020 7749 0476 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX

typing room london

Typing Room

Innovative fine dining showing Nordic influence, situated in a renovated civic building

020 7871 0461 Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, E2 9NF

Whitechapel market

Whitechapel Market

Cooks with a passion for international cuisine will love this market, which is pretty unbeatable when it comes to sourcing obscure Asian ingredients

020 7377 8963 199-337 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DT

Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House

The original Wright Brothers Oyster House (there are others in Spitalfields and Soho) also serving a selection of fish and shellfish

020 7403 9554 11 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD


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