The East London Liquor Company is a beautiful venue with a great pedigree. Located in the historical Bow Warf, they transformed an old glue factory into a gin distillery where you can drink glam delicious cocktails (with home made gin, of course!) and nice food. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that it’s buried in a small industrial park beside the canal, the place is a gem! It is best to seek advice from the bartenders who are truly passioned and will be delighted to guide you. You can for sure grab a beer but going there and not try their Negroni or Autumn Wood would be a shame.
L’eau à la bouche is a delicatessen with fine french basics where you can stop by to have a coffee, a soup, a salad or whatever the daily menu will offers you. The atmosphere is warm and cosy on winters, and fresh and sunny on summer days. Go there for their cheese selection and for the smell of fresh coffee. Thing is, the place gets quite crowded on weekend (don’t even think to have lunch there on market’s days) but if you are looking for quality products and are a food lover that a place to stop by. Oh and their cakes as well are to die for!
Located in Whitechapel, Tayyabs is one other East-london institution. Much-loved Punjabi restaurant serving aromatic, and spicy dishes. Should be on the bucket list of everyone living in the capital. From its original premises in a small café, it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. ( Don’t plan your date there!)
Don’t even think to go there without booking, except if you want to queue during 30 min.
The menu is simple but perfectly executed and BYO keeps the costs down. (Don’t forget to order their buttery nans.)
Buzzy destination for Indian street food in Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & eclectic touches. Book in advance otherwise you might need to wait for a table for hours. But if you are patient enough it’s worth it. Lots of flavours in a really nice atmosphere. The food is modern and served like tapas.
Dishoom is good for breakfast and it’s less crowded. It’s also good to know that they have good vegetarian options. Shoreditch, Soho, Kings Cross, Kensington and even Edinburg have their own Dishoom. (but each of them are quite different)
Broadway Market starts from London Field to Regent’s Canal and hosts a lovely food market every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. London streets are packed with every kind of markets these days, and the best known ones are too often overcrowded. Broadway Market is busy, but its location, a bit harder to find, discourages the tourists. It is a delightful way to spend few hours on a sunny day. Close to Regent’s canal path walk, and 2 minutes from London Fields. I would highly recommend it to you; this is a true food haven where price and quality are matching. From lobster brioche to traditional scotch eggs (or even vintage teapot) I am sure you’ll find something to bright up your day.
(It is also rumoured that the old Broadway Market partly inspired the BBC soap opera EastEnders…)
The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London is open to public all week long and all year long! ( • Adult / 16+ years old: £21.5 • Childs / 5-15 years old: £9.70 )
Inside the fortress you can:
•See the world most famous jewels : the Crown Jewels (still used in Royal Ceremonies)
•Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to death by order of the state; in Green Tower.
•Watch the ravens, known as the guardian’s Tower (It is said the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. Today you have 6 ravens + one spare!)
So that’s what you should expect from Tower of London. If you are a family it’s a place to go as you will find entertaining and interesting activities for everyone.
By sunny day it’s the perfection destination and the right place to take a boat till Westminster or Greenwich.
For history with a modern twist, go to ice-skate in winter. Open till the 2 January.
The Crown is a two-floored pub with beer garden, outdoor terraces and quirky, vintage-inspired styling. You will love the over-view on the park in both winter and summer. Their staff is friendly and will make you feel welcomed.
10 minutes away from Mile End station, the pub faces the entrance of Victoria Park and it’s a good way to take a break from the city. Go there for the view and the atmosphere, grab some ales and/or a glass of wine, a cup of fries and here you go!
Whether you’re a Vampire, Werewolf, Sasquatch or something else entirely, you will find anything you need at the amazing and wondrous Hoxton Street Monster Supplies – yes you read that correctly.
Besides, the Monster Supplies store is the only place in London (maybe in England??) where you can buy some Organ Marmalade, tubs of Mortal Terror or even jars of Thickest Human Snot! Everything about this gift shop is clever, cute and wonderfully themed!
Recently voted ‘No. 1 Kids’ Shop in London’ by Time Out Magazine, all proceeds from this kingdom of sweets and knick-knacks, go towards funding The Ministry of Stories, a charity that runs creative writing workshops for kids in East London, accessible via a secret door in the shop.
In the heart of Victoria Park Village The Fish House is an affordable place to eat a casual fish and chip. Most locals opt for carry-outs, but if you choose the restaurant you’ll get a more creative menu, where mains of grilled swordfish with a fragrant salsa, or pan-fried hake fillet with chorizo and butter beans, could precede a classic English pud (banana split, bread and butter pudding). You can’t go wrong with fish from the white-tiled takeaway section; choose from cod, scampi, haddock, rock, plaice or skate, generously battered and deep-fried.
Do you really want to experience East-London ? Well first, you better stop going in over-priced touristic ‘traditional’ places and start by the real places! G Kelly Pie and Mash is an old school white-tiled cafeteria for East End classic dishes, pie and mash and jellied eels. That’s is a true east-enders restaurant, don’t expect colourful or well-designed plates but something authentic. Not everyone will enjoy the east-ender service but we are talking about real experience.