Vegan cafes are not places you’d typically find an Infatuation staffer, but the sheer friendliness and vibe at Mother are ridiculously hard not to like. It’s in a pretty canalside location in the Here East Olympic development out by Hackney Wick, and the salads and smoothies actually taste great - not something we can say about the majority of sad-looking sprout salads that we’ve tried elsewhere. It’s good for a post-workout meal, or a healthy pick-me-up. Pull up a seat, order an acai bowl, and pretend you’re somewhere exotic and warm.
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Bright is an excellent restaurant and wine bar in London Fields from the people behind Clapton wine-shop P. Franco.
P Franco is a Clapton wine shop that hosts guest chefs who serve stunning small plates to neighbourhood regulars. You want to be a regular.
My Neighbours The Dumplings
MNTD’s second spot is near Victoria Park. It’s walk-in only, it’s great for a casual meal, and you should only be thinking about the dumplings.
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Bubala is a restaurant in Spitalfields with an all-vegetarian Middle Eastern menu that tastes as good as it reads, and even better than it looks.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
There are a few Mildreds dotted around town, and the Camden outlet for their vegetarian dishes is as solid and enjoyable as the rest.
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The best parties involve drinks, pizza, and tunes. Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick has all three, and tons of space to sit by the canal on a nice day.
Four Quarters East
Old-school arcade games and drinks by the river are a perfect match, and you can get all of them at Four Quarters East in Hackney Wick.
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