Lardo is a hip pizzeria with a ‘disco ball’ oven, for brunch, drinks and Italian plates. Between the trendy Hackney Central and the chilled London Fields, the place is a great way to start your Friday evening. Inventive pizzas, fresh pastas, delicious Italian antipasti and a staff who’s passioned about food.
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!
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!
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…)
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.
Even in London it’s not that difficult to find some cool unpretentious places. But that’s not every day you can enjoy a drink between a cobra and a lioness.
On Mare Street, The Last Tuesday Society will make you step in a quirky world, where after few cocktails you won’t remember if you are in a taxidermy museum or in an actual bar. Downstairs you have a real museum which is an interesting journey into an incoherent jumble of random funny things.
I just love that place! Breakfast, brunch, exhibition, live music and DJs! The Book Club is in Shoreditch and offers pretty much everything. Go there for some late drinks and dance with a friendly crowd on cheesy tunes. It’s not a pub, it’s not a club and it’s different than the others dancing-bar that you will find around. The atmosphere is always warm and cheerful. If you like dancing on The Wham!, the Spice Girls and the early Black Eyes Peas that the place to go. And if you are more a hip-dancefloor lover just go downstairs where that’s the music and DJs are more on-trends.
The Hemingway is a great Hackney gastropub serving British meals made with locally-sourced ingredients.
They have taken a beautiful old building and given it a very stylish hunter’s lodge theme, literally covering every wall with taxidermy. Despite the resurgence of taxidermy these days, they have managed to bypass looking ‘trendy’ and have decided on a much more traditional theme, more Scottish Highlands than Shoreditch. The food is excellent – creative gastro pub stuff, not too expensive – and the bar is well stocked with plenty for the connoisseur.
Do yourself a favour and go to this place for a Sunday evening roast or for a stunning beef wellington to share.
Clear the diary as Field Day festival returns to Dinerama on Sunday 27 August for a BIG Bank Holiday bash at London’s Victoria Park.
Following Easter Sunday’s sell out success and the incredible 11th edition of the festival, Field Day have curated another unmissable event running from Noon ‘til Midnight with 12 hours of music, food, and booze. Dinerama will be rolling up their shutters to host another huge line-up with DJs including the mighty Simian Mobile Disco, Baio (the bassist from Vampire Weekend who’s just realised the solo ‘Man of the World’ album), Lucky Me and NTS affiliate Eclair FiFi, super producer Ewan Pearson, Throwing Shade (whose House of Silk EP came out on Ninja Tune this year), Lemmy Ashton, Bugged Out, Eat Your Own Ears, Snap Crackle & Pop plus special guests to be announced.
From Dinerama’s street food stars and brilliant bars you can grab a plate of Thunderbird’s fiery Chippuffalo wings with a side of Laffa’s crispy Halloumi Fries, sink a Tequila Colada slushy then dance off your dinner from day ‘til dark!
Festival season is actually one of the main reason of why East London is the place to be in summer. And Field Day is only the beginning of that holy season!
In Park Villa we welcome you fellows ever year cause we are sun lovers, food lovers, music lovers, festival lovers, party lovers, 5 minutes away from Victoria Park, but mainly because we are cool!