Apart from a few stubborn hipsters in London Fields, most people who live in East London agree that Victoria Park is the best place to see grass and trees in this part of town. Get brunch in the park at Pavilion Cafe, which is where everyone seems to end up at the weekend. You’ll sit by the lake while sitting elbow-to-elbow with strangers, as well as the odd French bulldog. When it’s warm and they put the tables outside, it’s pretty glorious.
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The Morgan Arms
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.
The Peanut Vendor
The Peanut Vendor is a great place to have a coffee and cheese toastie by Victoria Park. Split a cheese toastie with your friend, too.
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The Ottolenghi in Islington is a reliable place for salads and delicious pastries.
Timmy Green is a great cafe in Victoria. It’s the kind of place the Australian personal trainer you dream about would go to brunch.
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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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.
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.
Tuyo is a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant on Broadway Market, that’s excellent for a few plates of tapas and a spot of people-watching.
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