The Sky Garden is a public space on the 35 top floor of 20 Fenchurch street, in the heart of the City. I wouldn’t call it a garden, as you might be disappointed if you go there expecting to visit a garden, but more a 360 degree spot with great view across the City of London. The entrance is free but you’ll need to book it on their website in advance. They do have a pricey restaurant with unanimous reviews advising you to avoid it. Go there for the view and for the wander around, that’s worth the sight (But remember not for their restaurant!)
The Coffee Room is a nice venue in the bustling Mile End. They offer nice cakes, coffee, breakfasts, sandwiches and salads (maybe even more since I don’t know their menu by heart) The cafe is small but they have also a cosy outside at the back. That is not the best location ever, but the spot is great if you are looking for quality food or coffee. Sitting right in front of Mile End Park, you can always order a take-away and enjoy it in the park.
East Londoners are the most picky in the world when it comes to Fish and Chips, so when you see a place with a queue outside everyday, you can be sure it’s good! Why not stop by Britannia Fish Bar? Our local Fish Bar is 100% typical, their price are fair, the portion are huge (you can definitely share a big one with an other person, bare in mind that Britannia is only take-away) and to be frank that’s not too bad! Quick, easy and fresh cod and chips! And the best part is that it’s only 2 minutes away from Park Villa’s gate 🙂
Zealand Road Coffee Shop is a focus on special coffees, cakes and simple food. Just 10 minutes walk from Park Villa on Roman Road. The place is pretty small but offers comfortable seats and wifi. They don’t have a big selection of cakes or pastries, but you can be sure they’re fresh and good. Nice place to have a sweet break 🙂
Muxima is a really nice and welcoming cafe/ restaurant on Roman road. Their food is exceptional, their staff is caring and will make you want to stay for an other quality coffee. Artisan coffee, homemade cakes and bread…breakfast, lunch, dinner, wines, craft beers, cocktails, art exhibitions, pop up dinners, gigs, DJ’s, documentary nights, that’s what they do in Muxima (and I probably have missed some other things) That’s chilled, sociable, and has been rewarded several times by Time Out. This is a homely oasis in East London.
Like the last few years Splice Festival is back at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch! From Thursday 10th till Sunday 13th of May.
The best live audiovisual performing, live music, DJs & VJs. How amazing is that?
The Rich Mix is located in 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA. Not far from Park Villa, you can either go by walk... 35 minutes in chill-walking-mode-on, or just take the bus number 8 here in Roman Road and go down in front of the Rich Mix in 9 minutes. The Park Villa Team is definitely not missing it. Have a look in their website for tickets and the 4 days programme!
Are you seeking something in particular? Do you need a T-shirt, an ice-cream, or you wanna see a new block-buster? In any cases, you can go in Westfield where you will probably end-up buying more than you need.
Westfield is a capitalist haven for those who love giant super mall. And even for the ones who don’t enjoy that much the indoor shopping, they will have to recognise that this is a very convenient place. I believe you can find everything over-there. Thanks to the maps located pretty much everywhere, you can spot easily the shop you are looking for without turning too crazy.
The other good thing about Westfield is that it’s only 1 tube stop away from Park Villa, or 10 minutes away if you decide to walk by the canal 🙂
N.B: Avoid on rainy Saturdays (except if you appreciate to be stifled by a crazy crowd)
Lahore Kebab House is an other London institution serving authentic Pakistani food. A place of pilgrimage for all the curry lovers! This is a very busy place with great atmosphere. You might be scared by the crowd but the service is quick, there’re dozens of waiters, hundred tables, dozens of cooks (which you can see in action through a large window). Famous for their lamb chops, currys and pretty much everything else.
Less traditional than the non-less famous Brick Lane Bookshop (10 minutes away) Libreria will make you step into a brand new world. Its looks quite obscure and really classic from the outside but once you’ve opened the door, a world of colours dazzles you. The shelves are endless and you better forget the typical science-fi, thrillers or art sections. Instead books are grouped by ideas! So there you go with ‘The Future and the Death’, ‘Mothers, Madonna, Whores’, or ‘Despair and Redemption’.
Mobile phones are banned (sorry snapchat lovers) so you can purely enjoy the great atmosphere of the boutique. Just grab a book, find a corner and make you comfortable.
N.B : For the ones interested they run risograph printing workshops in the basement.
The Chesterfield is at the beginning of Roman Road and 5 minutes away from us. It’s a cool place to relax in one of their huge sofa. They have nice cakes, nice toasted sandwiches, bagels, salads and the menu is changing really often. Nothing glam or hip and probably not the most instagramable place, but coffee and food are good and they have a endless sofas room. Between Victoria Park, Mile End and Bethnal green.
Go to Roman Road Market and on the return stop by the coffee shop for a warm sandwich.