Verdi’s is an excellent neighbourhood Italian a few steps away from Stepney Green tube. The restaurant is a relaxed, family-run gem, specialising in food from the Emilia-Romagna region (where basically the best stuff comes from). So think classic pappardelle bolognese, pizzas, and a properly-made tiramisu that’ll make you very happy. It’s a low-key move for when you just want good, straightforward food, and there’s warmth and ambience that would pack people in, even if the restaurant was in central London.
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Skylight is a huge rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock with plenty of space, a laidback vibe, and nice views towards the City.
Tayyab’s is an Indian restaurant and classic spot in the East End, serving Punjabi curry and sizzling lamb chops in a laid back room.
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Palatino is a slick Italian restaurant in Clerkenwell with good pastas and sharing plates. Make sure you get the fried sage leaves.
Padella serves brilliant, freshly made pasta at very good prices. If you’re in London Bridge or Borough Market, make this a part of your plan.
Bancone is an affordable, pasta specialist in Covent Garden. It’s perfect for almost any dinner situation you can dream up.
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