If you live in Bow or Mile End, you know that most brunches in the neighbourhood tend to be disappointing. One of the exceptions is Mae and Harvey, where the food is consistently good, and you can eat some well-executed waffles or avocado toast without hauling ass to Shoreditch or Hackney. They also get bonus points for making one of the best coffees in the neighbourhood, and on different nights they also open late and serve cocktails and tacos. Know that the cafe is very small, so there’s a chance you’ll end up sharing a table with strangers. Arriving at 11am before it fills up is a smart move.
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Easily one of the nicest pubs in the Bow and Mile End area with plenty of cask ales and bottled beer from across the UK, and the roasts are great.
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Mother is a cafe along the River Lea close to Hackney Wick, that serves tasty vegan food. Come for the juices, and stay for the relaxed ambience.
E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone in Shoreditch is best known as one of London’s best coffee spots, but their non-stop food offerings make them a restaurant in our book.
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Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
For one of the best breakfasts/brunches in Islington, head to Sunday. The eggs benedict is worth the long queue.
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