When you think of the quintessential East London experience, Bistrotheque is right up there with the best of them. It’s a neighbourhood bistro set in an old warehouse, with art projected on the walls and an ambience perhaps best described as ‘trendy as fuck’. Really though, it’s a relaxed, fun place to hang out for dinner and drinks in the East End with friends, and it’s good for groups as well. The bistro food is solid (the prix fixe is good value), and they’ll do you a good steak tartare. At weekend brunch, they have a guy playing Beyonce on the piano, and the odd cabaret show that’s always a good time.
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Lucky & Joy
Lucky & Joy is a Chinese restaurant pop-up, that’s taken up the space at Hurwundeki in Bethnal Green.
The Laughing Heart
Looking for a late night hang close to Bethnal Green and Hackney? Trendy wine bar The Laughing Heart on Hackney Road has you covered.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
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Sardine is a very hip Shoreditch restaurant with a mural on the wall, a communal table, and an open kitchen serving southern French-inspired dishes.
Brixton’s Naughty Piglets is a dream of a neighbourhood restaurant with great vibes and modern French food.
Colbert is a seriously French all-day brasserie on Sloane Square, with one of the area’s best terraces for when the weather permits.
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