A Guide To East London

East London is easily my favourite part of the city, there are so many amazing indie stores, places to eat & things to do that, in my opinion, it should be at the top of everyone’s travel list when they head to London.

Sleep

Apex City Wall – Not only is this an amazing base for your travels, it’s also the perfect place to unwind. Our bed was massive and don’t even get me started on the size of the bath! The only thing that let the hotel down was the breakfast, the only vegan option on the menu was toast and jam, luckily there are loads of amazing places to eat in London and with Liverpool st less than a 10 minute walk away, London is your oyster!

Eat

Friends of Ours – Possibly the best breakfast I’ve had in a while! Get the avo toast with crushed peas and radishes, it’s divine.

Mildreds – We went to the Mildreds in Dalston East London and the space is incredible! Be prepared to wait for a table when you arrive, they only take bookings for large parties so there is no way around it. The “chicken” burger is a must and so is the buritto!

Pho – I couldn’t find a website for this place, but it’s around the corner from The Bike Shed, if you type Vietnamese into your google maps it should take you right there. Best Pho I’ve had in London.

Dishoom – Perfect for a curry (obvs) Dishoom caters for everyone so it means you can take all of your friends, no matter their dietary requirements! Just be aware that the garlic nan is covered in butter…I learned that the hard way! And by hard way I mean I ordered it, realised I couldn’t eat it so Rich got two nan breads and I got none.

Spitalfields Market – Is overflowing with places to eat! There are too many to mention and trust me when I say you want to go on an empty stomach! There are also loads of indie sellers so you can have a shop after you’ve eaten your way around the market.

Shop

House Of Hackney – This is literally heaven for interiors, full of colourful wallpaper, plants, lamps and fabric. It’s pretty everything you could ever dream of to make your house Boujee AF.

Boxpark – Full of indie designers and cool pop-ups, it’s a must see in London. Walking distance from Liverpool st and Shoreditch High Street it’s the perfect place to pick up some one-off’s and exclusives not available on the high st.

Brick Lane – If you want galleries, street art, markets and vintage shops mixed with high street & indie designer then Brick Lane is the place for you!

Beyond Retro – A few minutes walk from Brick Lane, Beyond Retro is vintage heaven. You’ll get everything from Mens letterman jackets, vintage Levis and 80’s prom dresses. The store is HUGE so you are bound to find something that will steal your heart.

Wander

The City (at the weekend) is the perfect place to snap some photos as it’s pretty much deserted! I wouldn’t recommend wandering through and trying to snap some cool architecture during the week though, way too busy.

Liverpool St is the perfect station to be based right beside, you can go anywhere in London pretty easily, I popped over to the London Eye to visit Nat, have a wander, drink some wine and snap some shots!

Now, this may not be in the east end but if you are in London you HAVE to check out the new Hershesons salon. It’s massive, beautiful and you can get pampered from top to toe! I recommend the light facial if your skin is feeling a little tired, and even if you don’t need your hair done, a blow dry is a must for the hair washing experience alone!

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