You might have known this spot previously as The Plough, but also maybe not, since it’s literally in the middle of nowhere East London. It’s a cool outdoor cafe and bar with a big terrace overlooking the River Lea, near Hackney Wick, and the obscure waterside location feels miles away from everything. Sure, you can see the Olympic Stadium behind the trees and sure, the river used to glow a weird radioactive green at night, but they’ve cleaned it up to the point that it’s actually a nice place to hang out with a few drinks with mates on a sunny afternoon. There are burgers and tacos if you get hungry, craft beers, and an air hockey table because you’re human and you like ripping into your mates. Be sure to check that there aren’t any football matches on the day if you don’t fancy being caught in a crowd of West Ham fans.
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Chick ‘N’ Sours
The Haggerston branch of Chick ‘n’ Sours is the original, and still the best. Come here for cocktails and disco wings, and leave happy.
Morty & Bob’s
Morty and Bob’s is the best place to drop in for brunch and daytime hangs around the Broadway Market area, especially at the weekend.
Netil360 is a rooftop bar in Hackney that's great for day drinking, pizza, and views across London.
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Chick ‘N’ Sours
The newer Covent Garden location of fried chicken specialists Chick ‘n’ Sours comes complete with a cool basement and plenty of space.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Aside from having the famous Orange Buffalo as its latest semi-permanent residency, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is great for a little rowdiness.
Kerb Camden is a great street food market in Camden Lock, with a great lineup of street food dishes, but becomes a complete tourist trap at weekends.
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