East London is home to some of London’s trendiest bars and cafes, and offers a huge selection of independent and fine-dining restaurants. Here are some of the best places you should visit:
Brick Lane Beigel Bake
This popular eatery first opened in 1974 and has now become the most iconic bagel shop in London. Popular choices include salt beef bagels, or classic smoked salmon and cream cheese. There is also a delicious selection of sweet treats like New York-style cheesecake, almond slices and danish tarts. The shop is open 24-hours a day, making it a popular midnight snack for those coming home from a night out in East London.
Duck and Waffle
East London is home to the highest restaurant in the UK – Duck and Waffle. Located at the top of the Heron Tower, this fine dining restaurant offers guests a delicious British and European inspired menu with a focus on local, rustic, and sustainable ingredients. The modern decor includes floor to ceiling windows which showcase stunning panoramic views over the city. There is also a trendy bar offering unique cocktail mixes that guests can enjoy in the intimate atmosphere.
Death by Burrito
This is a fun restaurant and music venue in the centre of Shoreditch. There is a tasty Mexican menu on offer with favourites including, smoke beef rib burritos and pork crackling tacos. You can also find expertly-made cocktails featuring plenty of tequila and great happy hours deals. This place is popular with the after work crowd because of its laid back atmosphere, snooker tables, and live music.
Located on Liverpool Street, Simmons is one of the best value drinking spots in the city. The vibrant two storey venue offers delicious cocktails at 2 for £10, and beers from just £2.50 during their epic happy hour that lasts for an impressive five hours! The lively bar features colourful neon lights and has an amazing beer garden out back, making it the perfect place to hang out with your colleagues, or meet friends after work.
This is a colourful South American themed restaurant located in Old Street. The creative menu showcases the best flavours that South America has on offer, and the professional chefs use a range of ingredients to recreate traditional recipes and tastes. The restaurant also offers guests hand-crafted cocktails using a selection of quality spirits, fresh fruit and seasoning. This is a popular work lunch spot due to the fast service and great lunch time deal of one course for £8 and two courses for £10.
The Breakfast Club
This restaurant is always busy and offers a great place to relax in the bustling area of Canary Wharf. The fun venue offers an extensive menu of traditional comfort foods like pancakes, hotdogs and loaded burgers. The interior is decorated in a retro style with vibrant furnishings, vintage art, and a huge disco ball that dominates the dining room.
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
This cosy underground bar on Liverpool Street is one of the quirkiest secret bars in London and possible the UK! It can only be accessed through a secret entrance which can be found in the Breakfast Club Café on Artillery Lane. As the name suggests, cats are a constant theme here, while all sorts of other quirky items and artwork decorate the exposed brick walls.