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MARE STREET MARKET

89 Mare St, London E8 4RU, UK
London Fields

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.

WRINGER + MANGLE

2-18 Warburton Road, London, E8 3FN
London Fields

Located just off London Fields, the space is big, bright and airy with an outside seating area to make the most of the last of the summer sun. Wringer + Mangle is open from breakfast through to brunch, lunch and dinner but we really rate their late weekend brunch.

The menu is bang on trend with plenty of avo dishes and the likes of Full English (veggie and meaty), huevos rancheros and sweetcorn fritters. Our favourite, was without doubt the Full English, a HUGE plate with two sausages, mound of bacon, two eggs cooked your way, black pudding, creamy tarragon mushrooms, slow roast tomato and sour dough (LESS OF THE GREENS THOUGH YEAH!)….Oh then there’s the triple cooked chips and garlic mayo and homemade baked beans.

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INSTITUTE OF LIGHT

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

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.

LONDON FIELDS

West Side, Hackney, London E8 3EU
London Fields

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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!

VICTORIA PARK

Victoria Park, Grove Road, London, United Kingdom
Cambridge Heath

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Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest and most historic parks, having been a green space in the city for the last 170 years. More commonly known as Vicky Park, there are two cafes, a lake, playgrounds, nature reserves and only about a MILLION selfie opportunities. Phones at the ready guys…

BROADWAY MARKET

Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
London Fields

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 street food faves to fresh produce.

HACKNEY EMPIRE

291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ
Hackney Central

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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.

HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE

270 Mare Street London E8 1HE
Hackney Central

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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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CARIBBEAN KITCHEN

67 Mare Street, London, Greater London E8 4RG, England, UK
Cambridge Heath London Fields

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’.

E5 BAKEHOUSE

Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
London Fields

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e5 is an artisan bakery in the centre of London Fields (literally, it’s right under the station) which specialises in sour dough 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.

PATTY & BUN

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

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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THE CAT AND MUTTON

76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
London Fields

The Cat and Mutton has everything you could possibly want from a pub – a beaut copper bar with more space upstairs, plenty of beers on tap, wines and cocktails, weekly pub quiz, a jazz night, and they even have DJs on the weekend. They knock out great pub grub too, with bangin’ roasts and Bloody Marys on Sundays.

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VIKTOR WYND'S MUSEUM OF CURIOSITIES

11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP
Cambridge Heath

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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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THE QUEEN ADELAIDE

483 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED
Cambridge Heath

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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?

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SUTTON & SONS

218 Graham Road, London E8 1BP, United Kingdom
Hackney Central

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Because Fish & Chips is still seafood. And when it comes to chippys in the capital, Sutton & Sons is definiltey 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 Mrs Sutton’s homemade pickles and desserts alongside daily specials. There’s a tuna burger, lobster sub, grilled oysters, a whole lobster and even snails.

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BEHIND THIS WALL

411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY
Hackney Central

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Behind This Wall has set up shop in a basement located at the end of Mare Street, serving up seasonal cocktails, wines and beers along with oysters, Hawaiian poke bowls and Spanish tapas. We got on extremely well with the cucumber and pickle juice Margarita with a black lava salt rim – almost a little too well but hey we love a good rimming – the white mezcal Negroni and saffron infused Ramos Gin Fizz sexy remixed classics.

If cocktails aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of beers from the likes of Bottle Shop, Five Points, Beavertown and the Redchurch Brewery. With a clean design running throughout the space BTW looks pretty sophisticated for Mare Street. Best get Behind This Wall then…

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HACKNEY WALK

Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Hackney Central

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Hackney’s had been having a bit of a makeover and Hackney Walk has become London’s very first luxury outlet district. Joseph, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Present have joined Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, Aquascutum, Bally, Pringle of Scotland, UGG, Follie Follie and Nike outlets already in the area. With up to 70% OFF, it look’s like we’ll be doing our shopping a bit closer to home…

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OSLO

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1ll
Hackney Central

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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HACKNEY MUSEUM

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

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.

HACKNEY CITY FARM

1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA
Hoxton

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!

TEMPLE OF HACKNEY

10 Morning Lane, London E9 6NA, UK
Hackney Central

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.

HERE EAST

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS, UK
Hackney Wick

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, Mason & Company and Shane’s on Canalside.

NEST

177 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH, UK
Hackney Central Homerton

After starting life as a series of pop-ups, Nest put down their first permanent spot on Morning Lane. The set menu, around the £30 mark, is incredible value for the quality of food on offer. It changes regularly but we’ve had dishes like fermented cabbage with caraway; brown shrimp with finely chopped cucumber; onion broth with Lincolnshire Poacher dumplings; a steamed pudding of meltingly soft lamb, seaweed and cockles; and a bread and butter pudding ice cream. YUM.

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ISLE OF OLIVE

54 Courtney St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia
Cambridge Heath London Fields

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.

THE SPREAD EAGLE

224 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS, UK
Homerton

The Spread Eagle opened up as London’s first 100% vegan pub. With the goal to keep tradition alive whilst keeping up with the modern times, everything in the pub – from food and drinks to fixtures and fittings – is plant-based and sourced sustainably where possible. The pub opens its doors to all, including families and dogs. So get ready for some bangin Mexican style vegan street food, grab the family and the dogs, and check out this one-of-its-kind pub.

STOUR SPACE & CAFE BAR

7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, UK
Hackney Wick

Home to 40 different creatives and being a multi-functional venue, Stour Space has a cafe & bar with a floating outdoor terrace on the River Lee. The cafe serves up a pretty bangin’ brunch menu, with everything from a Full English to a vegan tofu bap, and a pretty sweeeeet collection of homemade cakes and pastries. In the evening their attention turns to booze, with local beers, wines and cocktails on the menu and over the weekend the party atmosphere usually kicks in with DJs and live bands too.

BUTCHERS SALON

63 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX, UK
Hoxton

Whilst the name might put a few people off (lets face it we’ve all been butchered at a hair salon before and it wasn’t a good look!) there’s actually nothing at all to be scared of at Butchers salon. Using only Aveda products, they offers loads of services minus the loads of harsh chemicals. Everything they use is good for your hair – and for the planet!

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HWDK

242 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA, UK
Cambridge Heath

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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ST JOHN AT HACKNEY BREWERY

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

Craft brewery and bar St John at Hackney Brewery 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.

NIGHT TALES

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

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,, an agave bar specialising in mezcal cocktails and a Japanese garden complete with day beds, a waterfall feature and an outdoor Asahi bar. NT faves Sons of Slice are back serving up the pizza with new yakitori grill Fat Baby (headed up by Greg Round, ex-Pitt Cue and Umu) dishing up a range of Japanese drinking food.

SILVER LINING

13 Morning Ln, London E9, UK
Hackney Central

Alistair Maddox, who used to run Broadway Market for 10 years, teamed up with chef Nick Iacovides to create Silver Lining, a restaurant that offers something familiar and a little different, with quality food and amazing wine. It’s modern cool with an old-fashioned vintage approach brought up to date with a playlist to match. The menu is all about small plates – the curry and chips is a must (obvs) and we massively rate the sea bream ceviche and the buttermilk fried chicken with jerk glaze.

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EVERY CLOUD

11A Morning Ln, London E9 6ND, UK
Hackney Central

And the award for the best cocktail menu goes to… Every Cloud. It’s by far the most creative menu we’ve read, erm, ever! Every Cloud is a neighbourhood cocktail bar on Morning Lane in Hackney, right next door to their restaurant, Silver Lining (see what they did there. They take quirky cocktails to the next level, both in terms of their ingredient combos but with the actual words on the actual menu. Take a look and you’ll see what we mean.

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DUKE OF RICHMOND

316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8, UK
Dalston Junction

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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THE DUNDEE ARMS

The Dundee Arms, Cambridge Heath Road, London, UK
Bethnal Green Cambridge Heath

It wasn’t long ago that this pub was rough as a badgers arse, so to speak. Mainly down to being the closest pub to York Hall, where many a boxing fight goes down. HOWEVER it’s still one of our faves because it has an edge. It’s old school, a proper pub. It smells like a pub, feels a like a pub and serves cold beer and banging toasties. And upstairs you’ll not just find the toilets but a barber shop, how about that.

SPURSTOWE ARMS

68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK
Hackney Central

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 SUN TAVERN

441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN, UK
Bethnal Green

This brick-lined pub, which dates back to the 1850s, may be on the small side but they’ve packed in an enormous selection of Irish whiskeys and poitin behind the bar as well as a contemporary cocktail menu, punch sharing bowls and local brews on tap. Dark and atmospheric, it’s everything you want a pub to be.

SAGER + WILDE WINE BAR

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

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.

MARTELLO HALL

137 Mare Street, London, United Kingdom
London Fields

If you fancy bottomless brunch with an Italian twist, head to Hackney’s Martello Hall. Not only does their Brunch Italiana menu include breakfast dishes like baked eggs and a bacon sarnie with nduja ketchup but it also features a range of pizzas and even sweet dough for desserts. Plus it’s just £15 to add unlimited mimosas, rum punch or Italian frizzante.

NT'S

207, 1 Westgate St London Fields E8 3RL
London Fields

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.

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