The original Four Quarters in Peckham is awesome because besides putting together great drinks and 80’s style arcade machines, it has a party atmosphere that packs the punters in every night. Four Quarters East, out by the Here East Olympic development in Hackney Wick, is awesome for similar reasons, but has a much more laid-back vibe, probably due to its lazy canalside location. Besides great craft beer and spirits, there’s everything from arcade machines, console booths (Playstation, Nintendos, Xbox) and smaller tables with games embedded beneath the glass. There are bar snacks, but really, you’re here to school your mates at Tekken Tag Tournament. That’s what friends do, right?
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My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
Mao Chow is a cupboard-sized spot by London Fields making very tasty all-vegan Chinese food.
Neden Urfa is an unassuming kebab shop in Clapton making delicious kebabs with bread freshly made in front of you.
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Peg is a walk-in wine and skewers spot in Hackney from the people behind P. Franco and Bright. It’s a place you want to be.
The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
At Trailer Happiness you’ll find tiki vibes, rum-heavy cocktails, and lots of people starting (and ending) a rowdy night out in Notting Hill.
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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.
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