A calm Vegan and Vegetarian Spot in the Hustle and Bustle
The Gallery Cafe is a lovely charity-driven vegetarian and vegan spot hosting art exhibitions and events. Conveniently located in a great location; near a Boris Bike pick-up point, Victoria Park, Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green tube station, Brick Lane and more, it’s perfect if you’re spending few hours in East London!
During summer weekends, you can bask in the sunshine on the sun- trap terrace and back garden, whilst spending the rest of the year getting cosy inside the cafe with nice music, access to speedy wifi, and friendly faces.
The cafe have won Best Cafe in Bethnal Green at the Time Out Love London Awards for the last three consecutive years. All profits generated by Gallery Cafe go straight back to charity. By hanging around, you’d not only enjoy award-winning food, drinks and good vibes, you’d also be helping to support the local community.
The backyard is great on summer but the fresh vegan burger and home made fries are the reason why you should stop by! The place is charming and I warmly recommend it to you, vegan or food lover.
Located near Mile End Underground Station Rusty Bike Pub aims to offer Great Beer and Thai Food. You will find a relaxed and a canteen-style atmosphere. If you are looking for a lively spot in a cosy atmosphere that’s the place to go.
You don’t like sport pubs? No worries at all, just go in the back where you can still enjoy comfortable sofas and fresh Thai food for a very reasonable price without TV.
The duck spring roll is a great way to start, as are deep-fried sweet potatoes with sesame. So on a Friday night, or on a Sunday afternoon that the popular place to be in Mile End.
London’s Very Own Home of BBQ, Blues & Rock’n’Roll
Blues Kitchen is definitely one of my to-go-place when I want to dance in Shoreditch. They have a restaurant and a late night bar serving nice cocktails and they host the best blues in London. Cool live-band music, colourful cocktails, great American BBQ classic/New Orleans soul food will be the perfect mix to start your evening.
If you wanna try their cuisine be sure to book in advance as the restaurant gets really packed on weekends. The bar and music will stop before 3 am.
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.
Casual brick-walled pub with stone-baked pizza menu (and local delivery), live gigs and weekend DJs. Just footsteps away from the beautiful Victoria Park, The Lauriston can be found in the heart of Victoria Park Village. With its array of boutiques, gift shops, café, fantastic restaurants and much more.
If you are looking for chilled Friday or Saturday evening this the place to go. Their pizzas are nice for a good value and their staff is super friendly. That’s 10 minutes walk from Park Villa. Fun and relaxing.
You will spot The Victoria with its striped awning outside on your way to Victoria Park. It’s a great place to be on weekdays and weekends.
Not your average pub. There are vintage jumble sales at the weekend and during the day one corner of the pub transforms into a hair salon. Weird and amazing clutter decorates the walls, (please have a look at the stuffed squirrels behind the bar) and there’s a little stage which often showcases up and coming Dj’s and bands. If you are looking for a warm and feel-like-home atmosphere that a corner worth to stop.
The Greedy Cow in Mile End was created by two brothers with discerning tastes, a love of good food and a strong belief in value for money. This is mainly what you should expect from it.
The chef prepares all the original classics with the usual adornments – such as the classic burger, cooked medium and served in a soft sourdough bun with beef tomato and sliced red onions, and the sirloin steak, aged for 21 days to ensure a tender, flavoursome result – while more exotic meats keep the menu fresh and exciting. Wagyu, kangaroo, bison and crocodile are turned into classic burger in Greedy Cow, and it’s worth to try!
Otherwise I would definitely recommend their bar and their selection of beers (made in Brick Lane), it’s a place where going by yourself won’t matter as their staff is always friendly and chatty 😉