Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in East London

High Water

Table service is offered but if you're the kind that likes to indulge in random conversations with complete strangers, we'd suggest you grab a seat at the bar. And that way you can interrogate the charming staff abo…
Top Choice Pub in East London

Cat & Mutton

At this fabulous Georgian pub, Hackney hipsters sup pints under the watchful eyes of hunting trophies, black-and-white photos of old-time boxers and a large portrait of Karl Marx. If it's crammed downstairs, as it o…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in East London

Netil360

Perched atop Netil House, this uberhip rooftop cafe-bar offers incredible views over London, with brass telescopes enabling you to get better acquainted with workers in the Gherkin. In between drinks you can knock o…
Top Choice Pub in East London

Dove Freehouse

Alluring at any time, the Dove has a rambling series of rooms and a wide range of Belgian Trappist, wheat and fruit-flavoured beers. Drinkers spill on to the street in warmer weather, or hunker down in the low-lit b…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in East London

Satan's Whiskers

Unassuming and indeed unappealing till you get inside, this little cocktail bar exorcises first impressions with welcoming staff, an ever-changing drinks menu, crazy taxidermy and good music, making it a memorable s…
Pub in East London

Indo

Bang opposite the East London Mosque, this tiny pub has battered old tables, pews and a couple of knackered Chesterfields under the only window. Friendly staff work the beautifully tat-cluttered bar and serve stone-…
Pub in East London

Shacklewell Arms

Dalston's premier indie-rock pub is as sticky-floored and grungy as you'd hope it would be. There's a popular pool table and a garden bar, but the main attraction is the band room, which stages live music most night…
Bar in East London

Martello Hall

If Dr Jekyll was a louche Hackney hipster, this is where he'd hang out – sipping on gin made by Nicola, the bar's own shiny copper still. A steampunky belt-driven fan whirs overhead, while liqueur bottles glitter li…
Pub in East London

Grapes

One of Limehouse’s renowned historic pubs, the Grapes dates from 1583 and has insinuated its way into the writing of Pepys, Dickens, Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Peter Ackroyd. It really is tiny, especially the riv…
Pub in East London

Prospect of Whitby

Once known as the Devil’s Tavern due to its unsavoury clientele, the Prospect first opened its doors in 1520, although the only part of the original pub remaining is the flagstone floor. Famous patrons have included…