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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The Chesham Arms
The Chesham Arms in Hackney has one of the best beer gardens in London, and they let you bring your Yard Sale pizzas in to eat.
Martello Hall is an great bar-meets-pizza restaurant on Mare Street in Hackney. Bring your mates at the weekend, or visit it late night.
Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
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Flight Club is a darts-themed bar, and it’s basically the hipster upgrade to playing darts in a pub
Ninth Ward is a low-lit bar near Farringdon with decent lunchtime food deals and a great burger.
Canova is a bar that has taken over a former grade listed department store in Brixton and, yes, it’s very cool.
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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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