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Top Choice North African in East London

Berber & Q

A mouth-watering barbecue smell greets you as you enter under the railway arches into this very cool Berber-style grill house. Smoked-aubergine mezze comes loaded with garlic, sumac and juicy bursts of pomegranate, …
Top Choice Market in East London

Columbia Road Flower Market

A wonderful explosion of colour and life, this weekly market sells a beautiful array of flowers, pot plants, bulbs, seeds and everything you might need for the garden. It's a lot of fun and the best place to hear pr…
Top Choice Asian in East London

Yuu Kitchen

Manga images pout on the walls and birdcages dangle from the ceiling at this fun, relaxed eatery. Dishes are either bite-sized or designed to be shared, and while the focus is mainly Asian, some dishes from further …
Top Choice Modern British in East London

Typing Room

The chefs at the Typing Room couldn't get away with Ramsay-esque outbursts as their kitchen is positioned, theatre-like, at the entrance of the elegant but informal dining room. Just as well, as it might distract fr…
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 Cafe in East London

Towpath

Occupying four small units on the Regent's Canal towpath, this simple cafe is a super place to sit in the sun and watch the ducks and narrowboats glide by. The coffee and food are excellent, too, with delicious cook…
Top Choice Market in East London

Broadway Market

There’s been a market down this pretty street since the late 19th century. The focus these days is artisan food, arty knick-knacks, books, records and vintage clothing. Stock up on edible treats then head to London …
Top Choice Modern British in East London

Corner Room

Someone put this baby in the corner, but we're certainly not complaining. Tucked away on the 1st floor of the Town Hall Hotel, this relaxed restaurant serves expertly crafted dishes with complex yet delicate flavour…