Apart from a few stubborn hipsters in London Fields, most people who live in East London agree that Victoria Park is the best place to see grass and trees in this part of town. Get brunch in the park at Pavilion Cafe, which is where everyone seems to end up at the weekend. You’ll sit by the lake while sitting elbow-to-elbow with strangers, as well as the odd French bulldog. When it’s warm and they put the tables outside, it’s pretty glorious.
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Easily one of the nicest pubs in the Bow and Mile End area with plenty of cask ales and bottled beer from across the UK, and the roasts are great.
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The Breakfast Club London Bridge
The Breakfast Club, unsurprisingly, does excellent all-day breakfasts.
The Tabernacle is the place for a hang in Notting Hill. Go here for a casual, simple meal.
Alpino is an old-school caff in Islington that serves enormous breakfasts and lunchtime pastas. And all at crazy low prices.
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E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
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.
Tuyo is a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant on Broadway Market, that’s excellent for a few plates of tapas and a spot of people-watching.
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