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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