For the scene that sums up Hackney today, just visit London Fields on any sunny weekend. It seems as if the whole world has decamped to this triangular patch of grass, firing up disposable BBQs, chucking frisbees around, parading their dogs, and drinking endless cans of cider. Some people may have shunned London Fields due to it’s over-popularity but it’s still about as east London as it gets here.

At the southern end of London Fields is one of the city’s best streets, Broadway Market. Here you’ll find some classic pubs, The Cat and Mutton and the Dove, as well as shops, cafes, and restaurants. And on Saturday there’s the incredible – if incredibly busy – food market which is always worth a visit.

There’s plenty more to discover around around the neighbourhood including the amazing Empire theatre and Picturehouse cinema, Hackney City Farm, and The Museum of Childhood.


89 Mare St, London E8 4RU, UK

A restaurant, bar, deli, coffee shop, liquor store, Stranger Than Paradise record shop, a Rebel Rebel florist, a podcast recording studio and a pop-up space…..Barworks’ Mare Street Market has got the lot, so you can pop in for brunch, a cocktail, a record, a wheel of cheese or a bunch of flowers.


Pophams Bakery, Richmond Road, London, UK

After winning a legion of fans in Islington for their Insta-worthy pastries – especially THAT bacon maple Danish – Pophams have opened up a second, much bigger site in Hackney. Taking over the old Raw Duck site, the space has a lot more space which means a lot more pastries. As well as sweet pastries such as the nectarine and custard, and the exceptional almond croissant, there’s also savoury options like the rosemary and sea salt twist, and the now legendary marmite Danish. And just to prove they can do much more than just beautiful pastries, Pophams also have an evening menu serving freshly rolled pastas such as pig cheek tortellini and nduja scarpinocc.


16, 17 Bohemia Pl, Mare St, London E8 1DU, UK

Craft brewery and bar Hackney Church Brew Co. has taken over two arches near Hackney Central, with one housing all the brewing gear and the other home to the bar and kitchen, with a large al fresco terrace. As well as fresh beer from the brewery tanks, the bar will also feature beer from around the world, and they’ve got a series of street food residents in the kitchen. Named after the nearby church, and with old pews in the bar itself, it’s a great little spot to sink some beers.


7 Morning Ln, London E9 6ND, UK

If you just catch a glance of WhiP as you walk past, you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s a hair salon straightaway. With a mix of second-hand furniture, plants, a set of decks and a stash of vinyl, it looks likes (a very cool) somebody’s lounge – it’s only the retro barber chairs that give it away. WhiP is an organic and eco-friendly boutique salon and they take the eco thing seriously, stocking vegan products from Evo and Oway, having refillable bottles for shampoos and only serving vegan bevvies.

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Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB, UK

The Institute of Light has managed to fit a bar, a restaurant, a pop-up record shop and a cinema inside one of the railway arches near London Fields station. They have a rotating series of kitchen takeovers that often align with their cinema programme, which is always a great mix of new releases, foreign flicks and classics. You can rent sofas for two and even have food brought to you during the a screening.


West Side, Hackney, London E8 3EU

Even though this park is generally full of hipster East Londoners, there are records of the area going back to 1540…so people really HAVE been going there before it was cool. As well as the park, there’s also a lido and Saturday food market. Dig in!


Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

Broadway Market is one of London’s most popular and most hipster-tastic markets, running the length of the road of the same name. Head there on a Saturday to check out the stalls, which sell everything from antiques to fresh produce to street food – the likes of Deeney’s, Kolkati, and Hoshi Katsu Wraps trade there.


291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Part of Hackney’s skyline since 1901, there’s nothing past-it about the Hackney Empire. Hosting everything from comedy, drama, opera and of course, their infamous panto at Christmas, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy.


270 Mare Street London E8 1HE

Open since 2011, the Hackney Picturehouse has quickly become a staple part of the community and screens everything from foreign films to mainstream offerings. There are four screens, as well as an all-day bar and cafe, so everything you need to while away an afternoon or two.

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67 Mare Street, London, Greater London E8 4RG, England, UK

If you’re looking to spice up your lunch, Caribbean Kitchen is the place to go. They serve up a range of Caribbean classics, including jerk chicken, jerk pork, ackee & saltfish and curry goat, and they don’t skimp on the portions either…a box of jerk chicken, rice & peas and salad will set you back a fiver and will defo fill you up, and their jerk burrito is a monster too. Vegans are also covered at Caribbean Kitchen thanks to their Ital menu…the chickpea and sweet potato curry is bangin’.


Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH

e5 is an artisan bakery in the centre of London Fields (literally, it’s right under the station) which specialises in sourdough and rare, specialty breads. As well as being able to buy a loaf there, the bakehouse doubles as a cafe, serving toasted sarnies, soups and stews. They also do classes so you can learn how to make your own.


2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ

There’s another new addition to the Patty & Bun empire as their London Fields site takes up residence at a bigger, better spot on Richmond Road. Inside you’ll find long communal tables, a bar shaking up happy hour cocktails and art clinging to the exposed brick work. You’ve also got outdoor seating for when the sun is (eventually) out.

All the P&B classics are on the menu and the kitchen churns these out at an impressive pace. If you’re new to P&B it’s one of the best burgers around, medium rare in a brioche bun crammed with all kinds of good stuff.

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Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown, Prince Edward Road, London, UK

After learning his trade under Nathan Outlaw, both in Cornwall and in London, Tom Brown launched his first solo spot, Cornerstone, in 2018.

Designed for sharing, dishes are priced between £8-£14 and include raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yogurt and crispy garlic; marinated squid with black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing; and ox tongue served with salt cod, tomatoes and gremolata. Desserts are epic too – pear crumble with earl grey ice-cream and coffee ice-cream sandwich served with a banana, pecan and rum sauce.

There are strong links with Cornwall both through the sourcing of the fish and a partnership with Cornish distillery The Wrecking Coast who have created a bespoke gin exclusively for the restaurant. You can find out much more about Cornerstone by listening to our interview with Tom Brown on our Yes Chef podcast.


11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP

For any of you that have been to Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities you’ll know it’s quite the err…curious place. Hackney’s world famous emporium of bizarre collectables houses everything from mummified skeletons to taxidermy is now not only a place to see, but also to eat.

Allow us to elaborate. The museum is now home to a restaurant offering an exciting new menu of feasting platters and exotic game burgers featuring the likes of zebra, camel, ostrich and kangaroo. Yikes, sorry Skippy. Fancy the place to yourself? Then hire the entire museum for private dining and indulge in the luxury-feasting menu that includes oysters, foie-gras and pheasant terrine. They certainly don’t do things by halves over at Mr Wynd’s. Wash it all down with some house cocktails inspired by the museum’s inventory and you might just have yourself London’s most fantastical, but wonderful night out.

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483 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED

So The George and Dragon is dead. Yes, sad times indeed. But there’s no need to lie in mourning because after a facelift and quick move a mile up the road, it has been reborn as The Queen Adelaide. Many of the best bits of the old joint – the life-size figures, the paintings, the horse’s head, the staff – have made the move over to the former strip club, meaning not too much has changed. Late licence, lots of tunes, and a crazy crowd…what’s not to like?


218 Graham Road, London E8 1BP, United Kingdom

When it comes to chippies in the capital, Sutton & Sons is definitely up there with the best. With its award-winning fish & chips available in Islington and Stoke Newington as well as Hackney, the menu also features the likes of oysters, moules marinere and crab on toast plus Mrs Sutton’s homemade pickles and desserts.

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411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY

Behind This Wall has set up shop in a basement located at the end of Mare Street, serving up seasonal cocktails, like white mezcal negronis and cucumber & pickle juice margs with black salt lava rims, wines, and beers along with bar snacks (and you can order Yard Sale in). With a clean design running throughout the space and an epic hi-fi system, BTW looks pretty sophisticated for Mare Street. Best get Behind This Wall then…

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1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1ll

Oslo, a restaurant and live music venue located in the old Hackney Central train station, but it’s not just another new, live music skanky pub, oh no this place is the dogs bollocks. Downstairs in the restaurant the decor is pretty swish with cool lighting, wooden tables and plenty of space. The Hackney fave has also re-vamped its weekend brunch menu, with eggs, waffles and sharing platters of Nordic treats.

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Ground Floor Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ

Less known than it should be, The Hackney Museum is a great example of diversity among the local community as many of its exhibits tell the story of how people from all over the world have made London their home. Star exhibits include the ‘Hackney Hoard’, a collection of double eagle coins unearthed in a Hackney garden, a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany and a sculpture made by a child from Sierra Leone.


1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA

For over twenty years Hackney City Farm has been providing fun days out for kids both big and little. And who says fun can’t also be educational? There are a whole host of animals on the farm, including donkeys, pigs, goats and guinea pigs. You can also buy produce supplied by the animals at the farm shop!


5 Morning Lane, London E9 6NA, UK

Vegan fried chicken. Yep – it’s a thing. The “chicken” is actually made from seitan, which is wheat gluten deep-fried and seasoned just like the real thing. You can get it as a chicken burger, a wrap, wings and as a two-piece with fries, and they even do gluten-free nuggets too. Trust us, vegan or not, this meatless joint is worth the visit.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS, UK

Eat, drink, shop – with 1.2 million square feet in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East is a place for all your needs. You can find everything from coffee shops to street food to craft beer here thanks to the likes of Gotto Trattoria, Randy’s Wing Bar (we recommend going Gangnam style here), The Breakfast Club, and F45.


54 Courtney St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

If you’re looking for a hit of Greek sunshine in Hackney, head straight for Isle of Olive. This Greek deli, just off Broadway Market, is home to a huge array of Greek products, including olive oil, wine, dried pulses, dried herbs and cheeses. You can get a taste of it all too with their lunch menu, which can feature everything from spanakopita to Greek salads to toasties. Be warned, you’ll want to buy it all.


242 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA, UK

HWDK looks the bomb, with bright white walls, clean lines and a black ceiling. It’s a smart place with an arty edge though without the pretentiousness, you’re made welcome and your experience there is important.The man behind the magic of all this is Ki, who spent many years working in fashion with his Hurwundeki label, clients of which were none other than Gilbert & George, Kate Moss & Pete Doherty. With his speciality being 30 minute haircuts, its the perfect place to drop in for a quick wash and a cut – and leave chuffed with your new ‘do.

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14, 15 Bohemia Pl, Mare St, London E8 1DU, UK

After popping up all over town, Night Tales has finally settled down with a perm spot in Hackney Central. Taking over two railway arches by the overground, it’s got a 300-capacity nightclub, a cocktail bar, a Japanese garden complete with day beds and a waterfall feature, NT faves Sons of Slice serving up the pizza, and a whole host of DJs hitting the decks.


13 Morning Ln, London E9, UK

Hackney’s Silver Lining relaunched as the UK’s first orange wine bar inspired by the pre-lockdown Orange Wednesdays that founders Alastair and Sarah Maddox were running. It started as a takeaway operation selling over 30 varieties of orange wine, bottled cocktails from Every Cloud (including their MarTiny), coffee and pastries, and now you can drink in and eat with a seasonal small plates menu including the likes of white asparagus with garlic aioli, anchovies with orange zest, white beans in olive oil and duck rillettes with cornichons. You typically only see one or two orange bottles on most wine lists so if you’re into skin-contact wine, this is the place to go.

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316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8, UK

After finding success with Oldroyd in Islington, Tom Oldroyd took on the Duke of Richmond in Hackney, turning what was The Richmond back into a boozer, with a separate dining room area. The food is Anglo-French (though it changes) meaning you’ll get dishes like Cornish crab souffle, entrecote a la bordelaise, and ratatouille Provençal with cow’s curd & garlic bread. There’s a French wine list to choose from, but it’s still at pub at heart, so there’s a lot more booze to keep you going.

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68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but that’s all part of the charm of this boozer. There’s a big horseshoe bar and some trippy paintings on the walls – what’s that banana one all about? It’s a fave with Hackney locals, especially on the weekends, thanks to the decent pub grub menu and the atmosphere is always on point too.


The British Lion, 193 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL, UK

The original Sager + Wilde wine bar on Hackney Road can be credited with kickstarting a new breed of wine bars across London. It’s still one of London’s best, dark and cosy with a great selection of wines by the glass at non-ridiculous markups. As well as being a great place to discover and drink new wines, they also knock out one of London’s best cheese toasties, plus charcuterie and other nibbles. One of our all time faves.


207, 1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 2:30 AM
  • Saturday: 4:00 PM – 2:30 AM
  • Sunday: Closed

NT’s probably doesn’t jump out as a rum bar and well it’s not really, but it does have a surprisingly good selection behind the bar – we’re talking 30+ bottles and they shake up a mighty fine Piña Colada. And with bangin’ views, it’s perfect if everyone else you know hates rum.


1 Westgate Street, London, London Borough of Hackney E8 3RL, United Kingdom

Netil House is home to the eco-friendly Glasshouse salon. The minimal interiors are intsa-worthy and so is the hair you’ll come out with. Staying ahead of the trends this salon will give you a fresh new look without all the fuss.

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67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, United Kingdom
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Climpson & Sons have been roasting beans in London for years, so it comes as no surprise that they serve up one of the best cups of coffee in town. It’s a chilled out spot during weekdays and you won’t be able to resist ordering a pastry too!


Martello Hall, 137 Mare St, London E8 3RH, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

What once was once the trendy, hipster London Fields pub now stands Martello Hall. An all new singing and dancing cocktail bar and restaurant with their own brand gin distilled on-site, handmade in the US by John Chapple, called Nicola and it makes their fine Martello Gin. You’ll find her on their back bar. This place is set over three floors with an airy and modern with an industrial feel…you know the drill, exposed brick, lots of rusty looking metal. Alright, enough gasin’ just order at the bar, thank you.


224 Graham Rd, London E8 1BP, UK

Scout, the low-waste cocktail bar from Matt Whiley, may have moved from Old Street to Hackney but the philosophy remains very much the same. There’s no fancy decor, no crazy drinking vessels and no waste so all your attention is focused on the flavours in the cocktails. The serve a small selection of bottled classics like vespers and negronis (done the Scout way of course) alongside more inventive cocktails made with in-house ferments and seasonal ingredients from the UK. The Scrimsaw, made with gin, algae dry vermouth, fino, sea essence, sea lettuce and razor clam, gives you an idea of what to expect.


277 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA, UK

Tom Anglesea, who you may have seen on Great British Menu, is in charge of the food at The Laughing Heart, which is broadly modern British with a few Asian influences dotted across the menu – yuzu and shiso with Cornish mackerel and a Sichuan creme brulee for example. You can let the kitchen choose your dishes for you with the carte blanche option or go it alone, either way you’re in for a great meal because it’s all killer, no filler. Aside from being a great restaurant, with a very cool dining room, The Laughing Heart is also a wine bar and off-license – the list here is long so defo ask the staff for some guidance – and it’s open late too, so it’s the place to come if you’re not ready to call it a night yet.


8 Monohaus, 143 Mare St, London E8 3FW

Whether you want a burrito and a margarita or some more inventive Mexican dishes, Caldera is the place to go. The Mare Street spot serves up all the classics like nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tacos – the baja fish tacos are particularly good, chunky pieces of fish with a smokey kick, though you do have to eat them quick or risk the filling dropping out. And if you go by during the day, they do a £5 burrito lunch offer. It’s also worth trying out some of the other, more inventive plates; the mole-miso marinated lamb cutlets are insanely moreish and you will find yourself gnawing at them to get every last bit of flavour off. You’ll also find yourself scraping the pot of dulce de leche dip that comes with the churros and that’s ok too.


Unit 7 Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

The main thing you need to know about Crate is that it does brilliant beer. But it also has a brilliant canalside location on the River Lea, a vibey space where you can also get absolutely banging pizzas. What’s even better is that you can head on over across Queen’s Yard to Colour Factory for a full-on food market, or for fancy wining and dining, you’ve also got SIlo in the space above the brewery. Basically, Crate is your one-stop shop for a food-forward night out. And now back to the beers: the brewery does all the usual culprits, and pretty well, too. We’re big fans of both the Citra Sour and the Cider. OK, OK, so it’s not a beer, but it’s worth it, OK?


London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton St, London E8 3RR, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Hugging the edge of London Fields is its eponymous brewery, the first brewery to open in Hackney – which basically makes it a historic monument around here. The accessible yet forward-thinking beers are brewed under the arches (duh): the Broadway Boss (hops, refreshing bitterness, lemony zing); 3 Weiss Monkeys (wheat, IPA, banana); Hackney Hopster (balanced pale, lightly bitter, passionfruit) and heaps more. The brewery has rooted itself in the community, too, supporting local initiatives and charity organisations that range from Somerset House Studios to Amnesty International to the Terrence Higgins Trust. And because this is London Fields, it makes for the perfect pitstop (or is that pint stop?) after a morning or afternoon perusing the delights of Broadway Market.


61 Mare St, London E8 4RG, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Five Points brews its beer in East London, and has a stable of East London pubs to match. The Pembury Tavern is an absolute classic – with some of London’s best pizza (shhh it’s our secret) from Ace on the menu to boot – while the Mare Street Tap Room (in the yard at Five Points’ warehouse) is the ideal spot for summer sipping. Which is lucky, because it isn’t open in winter. The brewery has a two sister pubs in Leeds, too. Leeds! Who care about Leeds? We’re more interested in Five Points’ beers, which are pretty dang good. The Pale and the XPA are the most commonly found in the wild, but the brewery has much more up its sleeve: a Railway Porter, a Best, a JUPA, a Micro Pale and more.


Unit 9A Queen's Yard, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

Howling Hops opened Hackney’s first brewpub, The Cock Tavern on Mare Street, back in 2011. And that’s a claim to fame if we ever heard one (the pub also went on to win an award for its pickled eggs). Their motto is ‘brew interesting beer’, and this is exactly what they do, with unfiltered, unpasteurised, vegan brews. Howling Hops lists no less than 80 brews on their website, and that’s just the most recent releases. But before you take a deep dive into this almost never-ending list, the brews you need to look out for are the Tropical Deluxe and House IPA, which are the ones you’ll probably find most often around London – and for good reason, as they’re both deeeelicious. For a wider selection, head to Howling Hops’ Tank Bar in Hackney Wick, where you’ll get to try the brewery’s beer fresh from the tank. Thirst quenching.


The Spread Eagle, Homerton High Street, London, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Being the OG 100% Vegan pub in London means the Spread Eagle have a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the food continues to be top notch and what’s decent is that they change their menu regularly in order to make the most of foraged and seasonal ingredients, with naughty veggie burgers being a menu mainstay from Head Chef Gina Hopkins, previous of Zucca, Head Chef at Brunswick House, Drapers Arms and Wright Brothers Soho, who is at the helm of the vegan menu. Of course, their drinks (and interiors) are fully plant-based too and their rotating cocktail list is not one to miss. In warm weather they’ve got a space out back and one tip we’d give you is not to miss out on one of the best Sunday roasts in London, which you will find here, or you’ll regret it.


6 Bohemia Pl, London E8 1DU, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Set up by Ingrid Caldironi and Bruna Martins, Hackney’s Bulk Market stocks a range of packaging-free dried goods, bakery items, eggs, and fresh fruit & veg, most of which is organic and comes from within a 50 mile radius of the shop. You can also bring in containers to refill with natural and organic cosmetic products, like mineral clays, essential oils, natural waxes and dried flowers, at the DIY Beauty Bar. All these ingredients can be mixed to create a range of beauty products.


63 Wilton Way, London E8 1BG, UK
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This small deli in London Fields sells a range of incredible independent brands and on-trend ingredients, from English hot sauce El Nino to Italian fish sauce to London Borough of Jam preserves. They’ve also got plastic-free items, freshly baked cakes and pastries and hot coffee.


71 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This traditional, family run business based in Hackney takes pride in serving the very best quality fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and anything else from the sea. Fin & Flounder work with fishermen from Scotland and Cornwall as well as using only the best merchants from Billingsgate fish market, and they’ll prepare anything just how you like it.


60 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ, UK
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A butcher shop by day and neighbourhood restaurant by night – Hill & Szrok specialises in local produce, supports the British farming industry and champions a whole carcass approach to butchery. Chop down to Broadway Market for top quality, seasonal produce.


177 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH, United Kingdom

Nest is the perfect neighbourhood restaurant, offering brilliant food at affordable prices. At £48 for the tasting menu, which changes regularly, it offers amazing value given the quality of food on offer- they use sustainably farmed British veg, British seafood and just one meat at a time. It’s super cute inside too, the kinda place you can take a new date, impress them with your local food knowledge and generosity (“yes, of course you can have the tasting menu”) and leave without blowing a hole in your wallet.

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223A Grove Rd, London E3 5SN, UK

Oh Vicky Park how we do love you. Not only does it play host to some of the best festivals in the capital but it’s home to the Pavilion Cafe (great for a top notch breakfast), a model boating lake and a new weekly farmer’s market on top of all the green space. It may always be full of joggers and sunbathers but the place is so big you’ll never feel crowded.


195 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL, UK

Morito is the little sister to Moro, the Exmouth Market restaurant run by Sam and Sam Clark. The original is a tiny place that’s right next door to Moro, with a second and bigger site opening on Hackney Road in 2016. Although not solely Spanish (the menu draws influence from the Eastern Med and North Africa as well as Spain), the menus feature tapas classics like tortilla & aioli, jamon iberico, padron peppers and grilled chorizo alongside dishes like arroz negro with cuttlefish, roast pork belly with quince, and Malaga raisin ice cream, plus a strong Spainish wine list with sherries and vermouths.


The Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market, London, UK

Bang on the corner of Broadway Market, the Cat & Mutton gets busy quick but with plenty of beers on tap plus wines and cocktails as well as great pub grub, it’s not hard to see why. They keep you entertained too with a weekly pub quiz and DJs on the weekend. If you can’t find a space by the copper bar, head upstairs to the spacious Other Bar.


River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Three friends teamed up to sail De Hoop (a 114 year old Dutch Barge) from Holland to East London’s Hackney Wick, and after mooring up along the canal they’ve converted it into a floating restaurant and canal side garden which seats a whopping 300 people. Their menu focusses on street food classics, like buttermilk fried chicken burgers; bacon and sage scotch eggs; deep fried apple tart; and roast beef buns, with locals East London Liquor Co, Beavertown and Three Choirs supplying the brews and cocktails. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or sometime in the evening, get yourself aboard.