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HACKNEY has one of the most diverse populations in the country. It is home to over 200,000 people from six continents and a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. More than 100 languages are spoken in the borough.

This means that Hackney has become a showcase for ethnic cuisines from all corners of the globe.  Turkish, Lebanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, East & West African, Caribbean, Argentinian, Georgian, French, Italian and Modern British foods can all be found.

It's café culture rivals the hipster areas of New York and Melbourne, and it also houses some well-established high end restaurants, with more set to open in the coming months.

The borough’s nightlife is world famous, with subsequent generations of artists, DJs, musicians, designers, fashionistas, media types, and party people that originally helped transform Shoreditch in the 1990s, going on to colonise parts of Dalston, London Fields and Hackney Wick. Now every Hackney neighbourhood can claim its very own late night drinking den, pop-up cocktail bar, gastro-pub and old-school boozer.

Enough gastronomic inspiration can be found to whet and satisfy almost every appetite.

100 Hoxton

A NEW edition to Hoxton Street in 2013, this restaurant offers tapas style Asian fusion food and cocktails. The unusual menu is the result of an East-meets-West collaboration between Thai-trained Aussie chef Tim Yates, and Mediterranean-trained Pinoy chef Francis Puyat, formerly of NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi’s West-End outpost.

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333 Mother

THIS long established, three floor venue in Shoreditch, underwent a bit of a revamp in 2012. 333/Mother was one of the original Hoxton scene-making venues, offering a wide range of music from deep house to indie-rave, reggae to rock, into the early hours, seven days a week.

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A Little Bit of What You Fancy

LOCATED in Dalston, A Little Of What You Fancy offers meals in the tradition of authentic British food and cooking. The snug, candlelit restaurant often explores new flavours and is known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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A Little Bit of What You Fancy

Albion Cafe

AN eatery, bakery and deli selling British food and drink, which is part of the Conran complex on Boundary Street in Shoreditch. The menu includes breakfast served throughout the day, fish and chips, pies, sandwiches, puddings and fruit crumbles.

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Alibi

BAR and micro-club in Dalston with a diverse array of DJ as well as karaoke nights, record fairs and film nights. This late opening, small basement venue is free, so it gets rammed quickly.

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All Nations Cafe

THE All Nations Cafe offers good food at reasonable prices in a warm and relaxed setting. Choose from pastries, cakes, sandwiches, salads, teas and coffees, plus a Sunday lunch that is billed as 'the best in Dalston'.

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Anderson's Bakery

FAMILY-run Anderson's Bakery is still serving up traditional bread and cakes, just as it has done for over 160 years. Almost everything is handmade on the premises by the family.

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Auld Shillelagh

THE Auld Shilleagh is a popular Irish pub in Stoke Newington with live music on alternate Friday and Saturday nights. This long and narrow Church Street boozer draws a loyal crowd of drinkers most nights and has a surprisingly large beer garden.

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Bar Music Hall

A COMBINATION of good fortune, fantastic planning, and its own hard graft may have put Bar Music Hall, in Curtain Road, at the epicentre of Shoreditch nightlife. Its single open plan room is stylish and huge, meaning there is ample space for bands, moshing and dancing.

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Barden's Boudoir café

THIS former nightclub reopened as a street level bar and cafe in 2010, offering fresh food, drinks and the odd DJ set. It is far more sedate than The Nest, which keeps the clubbing vibe alive in the basement below, so more suited for a fairly quiet drink and meeting place.

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Blue Legume

CAFE, restaurant and juice bar serving a wide variety of healthy Mediterranean dishes, cold freshly squeezed juices, coffees and alcohol.

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Book Club

OFFERING enough food and drink to last punters from early breakfast to last orders at the bar, The Book Club is a popular spot in the East End social scene. The venue fuses lively, creative events and late night eating, drinking and partying with thought for food in the form of workshops, talks and cultural showcases.

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Buen Ayre

VIGGO Mortensen, Keira Knightley, David Schwimmer, Carlos Tevez and David Cronenberg have all had a bite in Argentine steakhouse Buen Ayre. Located in the busy Broadway Market, Buen Ayre is a beef lovers dream and the slightly rough and ready decor is great for a relaxed evening out.

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Café Oto

TAKING its name from the Japanese word for ‘sound’ and ‘noise’, Dalston’s Café Oto welcomes some of the world’s most avant-garde, creative and adventurous performers. It was also named the coolest venue in the UK by Italian Vogue.

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Café Sov

CLAPTON cafe run by two sisters in their brother's pub. Serving home made cakes, coffees, pastries and lunches.

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Caffé Theatro

THIS friendly cafe on Mare Street serves a selection of hot food, sandwiches, fresh juices and hot drinks. Caffé Theatro's range of cakes is another one of its specialities, ranging from chocolate tortes to cream filled desserts.

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Candela Clapton

THIS Latin-American restaurant and cocktail bar was a newcomer to Lower Clapton Road in 2014. It promises to serve 'tasty, homemade dishes and original cocktails, using quality and responsibly-sourced produce'.

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Cargo

CARGO is one of Shoreditch's most well-established and popular venues. It is home to the club sounds of house, techno and dubstep.

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Cat and Mutton

ORIGINALLY The Cattle & Shoulder of Mutton, this 300-year-old pub was once a watering hole for agricultural workers who rested their livestock at London Fields on route to markets like Smithfields. The pub was one of the early pioneers that drew a new type of trend-seeking visitor to Broadway Market, quickly becoming the place to eat, drink and be merry, after it was renovated in 2003.

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Chesham Arms

THIS traditional Homerton boozer has been closed since 2012 after it was bought by a developer who hoped to build a block of flats on the site. Residents and the Campaign for Real Ale have been fighting, supported by Hackney Council, to get the pub reopened and it was listed as an 'asset of community value' after a landmark tribunal ruling in 2013.

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Creperie du Monde

A CHATSWORTH Road creperie that fuses traditional crepes with modern international flavours. Distressed furniture and imaginative decor makes Creperie du Monde a relaxing place to hang out.

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Dalston Jazz Bar

THE original retro jazz bar in Dalston opened 15 years ago and now provides an exciting fusion of jazz and contemporary music. It holds jamming sessions on Wednesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs to 5am.

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Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP green space in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Designed by Zector Architects, this oasis has huge solar panels, an allotment and blooming grow bags, children's furniture, and a Victorian brick backdrop.

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Dalston Superstore

SEXY, sleazy, retro and all things trashy – Dalston Superstore is one of the key new breed of micro-clubs in the borough. In the basement of this former high street shop, DJs thrash out electronica, house, classic and new disco, with a smattering of old school R&B nights.

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Daniel Defoe

THE Daniel Defoe prides itself on being 'one of the last traditional' pubs in the Stoke Newington area. It offers a range of cask ales, premium lagers and ciders, wines from around the world, a selection of malt whiskies probably rarely seen outside the Highlands, and a simple, daily food menu.

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Dove Freehouse and Kitchen

A BROADWAY Market institution, the Dove has been going for over 20 years, long before the area became achingly fashionable. Its extensive range of Belgian beers, real ales and ciders, plus hearty traditional pub fare, including Sunday lunch, mean it is as popular as ever, despite the ever-increasing competition.

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Dream Bags & Jaguar Shoes

SIP a cocktail, order a stoke-baked pizza, and check out an exhibition all under one roof. Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes is a bar, cafe and gallery space in the middle of Shoreditch.

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Eagle

THIS Shoreditch pub is famous for its appearance in the nursery rhyme: 'Up and down the City Road, in and out of The Eagle. That's the way the money goes.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

THIS popular late night Dalston haunt is a snooker hall and entertainment venue combined, hosting club nights and events run by independent promoters.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

El Paso

EL Paso restaurant on Old Street provides Tex-Mex food in a relaxed atmosphere. It also has a large cocktail and shooter list ranging from the classic margarita to a 'flat-liner'.

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Elderfield

TUCKED away in a residential area near Chatsworth Road, the Elderfield is a proper community pub. The very local locals fill this popular Clapton haunt most nights, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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Empress of India

THE head chef at this popular gastro pub brings over 12 years' experience in Michelin starred kitchens to Victoria Park. The frequently changing seasonal menu features quality produce from neighbourhood suppliers – meat from Ginger Pig, fish from Jonathan Norris, and sourdough from E5 Bakehouse.

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F Cooke

F COOKE has served pies, jellied eels and mash to East Londoners for nearly 150 years. It promises handmade pastry and 100 per cent minced beef and liberal ladle-full of traditional liquor on the side.

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Farleigh Place

THIS indoor market, cafe and event space is situated just off Stoke Newington Road. It hosts a vintage and designer market every Saturday and Sunday featuring 20 stalls of clothing, jewellery, independent designers, antiques and furniture.

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Farm:SHOP

THIS urban food hub, cafe and arts venue comes complete with a mini 'aquaponic' fish farm, rooftop chicken coops, indoor allotments and a polytunnel. Once a derelict shop in Dalston Lane, it was transformed into 'the world's first urban farming hub' in 2011 by Something & Son, an eco-social design practice.

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Faulkeners

A GOOD old fashioned fish & chips restaurant on Kingsland Road, E8.

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Fifteen

TV CHEF Jamie Oliver's Hoxton restaurant is famed for helping get unemployed young people into jobs. Every year, Fifteen in Westland Place recruits unemployed and under-qualified 18 to 24 year olds from the area and trains them to become qualified chefs.

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Fox Reformed

OPENED in 1981, The Fox Reformed is a long-established wine bar offering bistro fare and a warm and cosy atmosphere. Board games are available and children welcome at this Stoke Newington watering hole.

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Great Eastern Dining Rooms

FUSION fodder consisting of sushi and dim sum alongside curry and grills is available in the Hoxton eatery. Serving pan-Asian food, the restaurant is stylishly fitted.

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Grodzinski & Daughters

GRODZINSKI, known by its loyal customers as 'Grodz', has been supplying kosher breads and cakes for over a century - ever since the Grodzinski family arrived in England in 1888 from Lithuania.

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Hackney City Farm

THIS urban farm has been established in Hackney for over 20 years, offering city children and adults the opportunity to get up close to a range of countryside animals. In recent years, it has also started to focus on sustainable living issues, and has urban growing areas where people can learn new skills for a healthier life with lower environmental impact.

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Hackney Downs Studios

HACKNEY Downs Studios is a massive 70,000 sq ft of versatile events spaces and over 70 serviced studios and workspaces. There’s also a series of rooftops, railway arches, a 'secret garden' and café The Russet.

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Hackney Pearl

A LAID back and unpretentious cafe/restaurant serving quality food and drink, The Hackney Pearl is popular with the artists and other creatives that live and work in Hackney Wick. The menu keeps it simple but hearty, expect staple gourmet grub such risottos and lamb, while the bavette steak is a delicious popular staple.

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Hackney Picturehouse

HACKNEY Picturehouse is the borough’s newest cinema, opening in 2011 with digital and satellite technology for a 3D experience and live screenings, plus three bars, a live music venue, street level café opening on to Mare Street, workspaces and events. Its four screens, one of which is the largest in the independent Picturehouse group’s stable, and 600 reclining seats creates a luxury and state of the art cinema-going experience.

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Hai Ha

A VIETNAMESE eat-in, takeaway and delivery restaurant on Mare Street.

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Happy Kitchen

A CANTEEN, bakery and pantry serving organic food. Happy Kitchen offers breakfasts, lunches and cakes, with pancake brunch on weekends.

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Hemingway

THE Hemingway on Victoria Park Road was reopened in 2010 by the Seven Eights collective of club, bar and restaurant insiders. The refurb is subtle with Art Deco mirrors and smart chandeliers.

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Hoxton Grill

IN the style of classic US diners, the Hoxton Grill sits in the middle of Shoreditch's popular nightlife. With comfortable banquette seating, bar, lounge and outdoor space, it is the recommended place to meet and eat in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

VAMPIRE Weekend, Rita Ora, Example, Marina & The Diamonds, Janelle Monae, Paloma Faith, The Aliens, Fleet Foxes, Noah & The Whale – just a small selection of the artists that have played at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen when up-and-coming acts. Roughly divided into three rooms, the performance space, which used to be a cinema, presents rising stars, secret gigs by internationally known names, and has hosted seminal club nights like BoomBox.

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Isle of Olive

ISLE of Olive is one of a number of exciting new additions to bustling Broadway Market. It sources Greek products directly from independent producers and agricultural cooperatives, and offers customers a wide range of carefully selected quality food products and ingredients, with a particular focus on extra virgin olive oil, olives, honey and herbs.

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Jolly Butchers

ALE and cider house on Stoke Newington Church Street with a complementary food menu and Sunday roasts. This Campaign for Real Ale nominated pub offers a wide selection of real ale, cider, craft beer and premium larger from smaller breweries on tap and by the bottle.

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Kimo's

CARIBBEAN bar and restaurant with event space for club nights, live music and private functions....

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L'Epicerie

FRENCH-style deli and café in the heart of Clapton serving delicious quiches, croissants, bread, cakes, cheeses, charcuterie and wine.

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Lauriston

A FRIENDLY pub just moments from Victoria Park, serving stone-baked pizza seven days a week. It also hosts a mid-week pub quiz plus live bands and DJs at weekends.

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Le Parc Delicatessen

THIS is a small, friendly cafe and delicatessen situated in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street. It stocks an 'indulgent' range of artisan cheeses, antipasti and charcuterie, locally sourced patisseries, and over 200 wines from around the world.

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London Fields Brewery

THIS cafe and bar is tucked away in arches under the railway line that separates London Fields from Mare Street, and is a hot spot for interesting emerging independent traders. It sells its own craft beers and food from Jimmy Garcia's Southwest Supper Club.

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Macbeth

THIS seemingly quiet stretch of Hoxton Street can draw a raucous crowd most nights of the week for The Macbeth's renowned live music and club nights. A sprawling and cavernous old pub, The Macbeth is the site of high-jinx most evenings, be it at their casual film or life drawing nights, or with DJs, karaoke and live acts.

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Made in Hackney

THE founders of this community food kitchen believe everyone should have access to grow, cook and eat nutritious food that’s good for both people and planet. Based in a kitchen nestled underneath not-for-profit health food shop Food For All, in Stoke Newington, they run courses and workshops in cookery techniques using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

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Mangal Ocakbasi

MANGAL was established in 1990 and it is a typical ocakbasi: no menu, a refigerated display of raw kebabs, a steaming, sizzling ocak grill and a hot table laden with stews and braises. Hot pide and sac breads accompany starters of lentil soup or garlicky cacik, plus there are dishes like ezme that combines roasted aubergine mashed with olive oil , fresh tomato, green herbs and hot pepper.

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NANA cafe

NANA is a comfort food cafe run by lovely older ladies from the local area, serving traditional, home cooked favourites, delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. The project moved to a new home in Clapton in autumn 2013, setting up shop in The Convenience, an imaginatively converted toilet block in Brooksby's Walk.

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Nest

THE team behind super-club Fabric have spread their wings taking to Stoke Newington High Street to set up live music and club venue The Nest. Revamping iconic former gig basement Barden’s Boudoir, The Nest definitely has more of a club atmosphere with sleeker lighting, seating and sound.

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Nightjar

HIDDEN between two cafes on City Road, Nightjar is inspired by the secret drinking dens of the 1920s Prohibition era. The Shoreditch bar has a menu that travels through time from pre-prohibition drinks all the way to modern cocktails for a discerning crowd.

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Off Broadway

THE encyclopaedic knowledge of its staff makes Off Broadway one of the best cocktail bars in East London. From tailored old fashioneds to a concoction created on the spot, Off Broadway provides a wondrous array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic flavours.

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Old Blue Last

THIS legendary pub is renowned for being a driving force in the East London music movement. Run by the owners of off-the-wall fash mag Vice, The Old Blue Last, on Great Eastern Street, hosts bands and DJs daily, as well as secret shows by big named acts, often all for free.

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Old Ship

LOCATED on Mare Street, next to the Hackney Empire, The Old Ship is a pub and hotel catering to those looking for a quick drink and overnight guests alike. The pub underwent a major refurbishment in spring 2014 after being taken over by new owners.

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Oslo

NEW to Hackney Central in January 2014, Oslo has set up shop in the impressive former railway building right next to the station. It offers food, drink and live music in the evenings and promises to be 'both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating and taking in the best of new music'.

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Pacific Social Club

THIS cute and inventive cafe in Clarence Road combines an old style social club, complete with analogue record library, and good coffee. There are plenty of well thought out sandwiches and cakes that steer away from the usual fare.

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Paper Dress Vintage

VINTAGE boutique in the heart of Shoreditch selling clothes, shoes and accessories from the 20th century. Opened in 2007, it has firmly established itself on the vintage trail and was voted best womenswear shop by the Vintage Guide to London in 2013.

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Parkholme Supper Club

THIS supper club in Dalston supports charity Médecins Sans Frontières, with £35 of the cost of dinner going to help its medical work in war-torn areas across the globe. Organisers are passionate about home cooking, from a variety of countries, and claim to offer 'the kind of food our grandmothers spent all day preparing'.

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Passing Clouds

IT could be easy to miss the entrance of Passing Clouds, save for its eager congregation sprawling out on to Richmond Road and the A10 in Dalston. Down this cobbled backstreet hides one of the most truly eclectic nights in the borough with a bill as diverse as Afrobeat, reggae, psychedelic tropical, Balkan traditional songs and hip-hop – at times, all on the same night.

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Pembury Tavern

MAJOR refurbishment at the Pembury Tavern in Hackney Central introduced new features including 16 hand-pumps on a traditional long bar. The pub serves a fine selection of real ales from Milton Brewery and other British microbreweries, plus puts on beer festivals during the year.

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Platform cafe bar & terrace

WITHIN a warren of studios, on the second floor of Netil House, off Broadway Market, Platform is East London’s slightly secret cafe-bar. With huge windows and a terrace overlooking the railway tracks, the terrace provides an iconic panorama across the capital.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

THIS Kingsland Road venue prides itself as a club run by musicians for musicians. By day it’s a café and rehearsal studio; at night a music venue mainly for local bands.

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Prince Arthur (London Fields)

THIS welcoming backstreet boozer is part of a small chain of upmarket gastro pubs that includes The Gun in the Docklands. As a result the food is always good, the staff are friendly and knowledgable, and the clientele laid back and less pretentious than some other London Fields pubs that shall remain nameless.

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Prince Arthur (London Fields)

Prince Arthur (Shoreditch)

THE Prince Arthur is tucked away down a quiet road off Old Street. It's one of the last remaining traditional pubs in Hoxton, popular for an after work drink and a bit of a haven for regulars who don't want banging tunes served with their pint.

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Prince George

HIPSTER rich, The Prince George comes with outlandish taxidermy, an obscure jukebox and pleasant crowd. It also serves a great mix of Belgian beer, Czech lagers and traditional ales, plus has a pool table and lovely little beer garden.

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Pub on the Park

ONE of the highlights of this pub is the extensive outdoor decking which overlooks London Fields, making it hugely popular in the summer. Pub on the Park offers a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, plus food.

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Queen of Hoxton

CLUB and art venue Queen of Hoxton runs a tight programme of live music events and dance nights, accompanied by a rolling series of art installations, photographic exhibitions and screenings. The ground floor has a blend of window etchings, ivy and benches and there's a games room with table football, pinball and a 1960s Brighton pier gaming feature.

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Railroad

CAFE and restaurant Railroad cooks seasonal and locally sourced food from across cultures. The owners are also proud of their range of unusual beers and ales including James Boag's Tasmanian Beer and The Kernel Pale Ale.

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Rasa

THE original branch in the chain of southern Indian restaurants resides on Stoke Newington Church Street. This one serves vegetarian food inspired by the authentic home cooking of spice-rich Kerala, where all the chefs are trained.

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Rasa Travancore

THE second branch of Rasa is a Syrian-Christian restaurant influenced by years of trading between Syria and the Mediterranean. The menu offers chicken, duck, lamb, fish, prawn and crab all given the same fascinating treatment typical of food from this tradition, as well as a highly original vegetarian menu.

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Red Lion

THIS convivial pub located just off buzzing Hoxton Square has had its ups and downs over the years. Incongruously visited by Madonna back in the day when Shoreditch was at its cool-hunting heights, it hit the headlines again in 2012 when its head chef was convicted of spiking chocolate truffles with MDMA and serving them to customers.

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Restaurant at 90

THIS spacious canal side bar and restaurant is situated within the 90 Main Yard building in Hackney Wick. It serves fusion tapas food, breakfast, coffee, cocktails, Saturday brunch and Sunday roast.

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Rich Mix

PART cinema, part arts venue, Rich Mix delivers a cultural programme that consistently aspires to reflect the diverse communities throughout East London. Three digital screens show main releases alongside independent, art house, and world cinema as well as thought-provoking documentaries.

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Rose & Crown

THIS well loved local landmark of a pub in Stoke Newington features a traditional oak-panelled bar and a log fire. It has been owned by the same family since 1986 and has a welcoming, unpretentious feeling.

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Royal Inn on the Park

TRADITIONAL East London pub serving homemade food and traditional beers. A beer garden overlooks the leafy and picturesque Victoria Park and the venue can be hired to cater for up to 120 people.

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Ruby

A CAFE and bar that offers homemade food including cooked breakfasts, steak sandwiches, salads and hot meals for eat in and take away.

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Ruby's Bar

UNDERNEATH the cinema sign at 76 Stoke Newington Road, Ruby’s is an intimate drinking den serving expertly mixed cocktails in a unique setting. According to the management, a rotating cocktail menu complements the character of the bar.

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Scolt Head

HIDDEN away in the back streets of De Beauvoir, the Scolt Head has developed a reputation as a bit of a hipster hang out over the years. As well as boozing it up, activities on offer include big screen sports, pool, live music, a Monday night pub quiz, and there's a nice little area out the front for a pint on a summer's evening.

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Servant Jazz Quarters

SERVANT Jazz Quarters is a quirky Art Deco style bar and music venue in the heart of Dalston. The upstairs bar serves a menu of cocktails, artisan ales and a range of beers and ciders, while the the basement provides an intimate performance space.

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Shacklewell Arms

SLIGHTLY grubby and rough round the edges – like all the best gig venues – Shacklewell Arms has established itself as a critical location on the live music map in a relatively short space of time. The venue is essentially split into two: with the Shacklewell Lane side like a traditional pub, right down to having football on the telly, while a large backroom with semi-outdoor smoking area offers live music and club nights like Beach Creep, Homoelectric and Club Motherfucker.

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Shepherdess Café

A TRADITIONAL 'greasy spoon' cafe serving classic English breakfasts on the corner of City Road and Shepherdess Walk. This landmark building has appeared in several films and countless photo shoots in the three decades it’s been open.

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Spence Bakery

FOUNDED in 2001, the independently owned Spence Bakery sells homemade goods, baked fresh each day. Proofing takes places every night and during the early hours you can smell the baked bread on the corner of Woodlea Road.

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Spurstowe Arms

THE Spurstowe Arms sits proudly on the corner of the ultra fashionable Wilton Way, tucked away between Hackney Central and Dalston. Its wine list is as impressive as the selection of beers on tap.

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Tangerina Coffee Shop

TANGERINA is a coffee shop in Stoke Newington with a welcoming atmosphere, offering speciality coffees and teas alongside home-made food. The menu is a fusion of Brazilian and European tastes which reflect the background of its two owners.

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Tea Rooms

THE Tea Rooms offers luxury teas, cakes and cream teas in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street. Tea is served in vintage china on embroidered tablecloths.

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The Boundary

THE Boundary building is a converted Victorian warehouse that houses three restaurants and bars; 12 individually designed guest bedrooms, plus five suites; a small British food store; and a bakery. The redevelopment project was overseen by iconic British designer Sir Terence Conran and features bespoke pieces of furniture as well as a roof-top terrace with views over London.

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Three Crowns

THREE Crowns leans towards an upmarket venue attracting 20 to 30 something residents. With classic French style decorations and low lighting, the pub is fantastic for group meet ups and romantic nights alike.

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To The Jungle

THIS quirky Dalston cafe and shop has an eye-catchingly painted exterior so you can't miss it. Serves selection of good coffee, tea and cakes in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Tonkotsu East

JAPANESE restaurant and bar Tonkotsu, which was at the forefront of London's ramen revolution, set up a second outpost near Haggerston station in autumn 2013. The Observer Food Monthly Award winners specialise in tsukemen (ramen), Japanese beers, and sake cocktails.

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Tramontana Brindisa

THE fourth restaurant from the Spanish restaurant group Brindisa opened up in Shoreditch in 2012 with a focus on speciality fish, rice and pasta dishes from the Mediterranean. Eat tapas at the bar and watch the chefs at work, or sit at high communal tables, or in the restaurant section at the back and enjoy service from knowledgable and friendly staff.

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Tramshed

THE latest venture from top chef Mark Hix is situated in a former electricity generating station for trams and features an imposing Damien Hirst installation slap bang in the middle of the restaurant. The menu is simplicity itself, a choice of three sharing starters, followed by main courses of either a whole free-range chicken for two, or 'mighty-marbled' sirloin steak.

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Trip Kitchen

Trip Kitchen & Bar is one of a new wave of restaurant and bars to set up shop under the railway arches near Haggerston station in late 2013. Selin Kiazim, the former Head Chef at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant has created an interesting modern Turkish menu, inspired by her Turkish Cypriot heritage and taking inspiration from around the globe with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients.

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Venetia's Coffee Shop

THIS small, independent coffee shop aims to source products through as many local businesses as possible. Venetia's has sandwiches made with homemade bread, served alongside homemade cakes, soups, salads, stews and much more.

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Viet Grill

A FAVOURITE with restaurateur Mark Hix, Viet Grill combines Vietnamese street food and fine dining. It carefully selects its ingredients, organic where possible, and has created a special wine list which beautifully complements dishes.

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Violet

A SMALL cake company with a shop on Wilton Way and a stall on Broadway Market. Best known for American-style cupcakes made with buttercream icings that change with the seasons.

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Violet

Vortex Downstairs

VORTEX Downstairs is the café, bar and restaurant of the Vortex Jazz Club. It offers a contemporary version of the traditional European brasserie, while its association with Vortex ensures eclectic music is played throughout the day.

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Vortex Downstairs

White Hart

A POPULAR local in Stoke Newington, The White Hart's biggest draws are its massive garden and DJ nights. It's usually bustling with punters, more so during big football matches on its many big screens and hot summer days.

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White Hart

White Rabbit

INSPIRED by the literary works of Lewis Carroll, White Rabbit showcases a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a nightclub in the basement. Both levels have dancefloors, alcoves and access to the garden.

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White Rabbit

Wilton Way Café

LOCAL design firm the Dog and Wardrobe have brought a happy marriage of modern and reclaimed materials to the inside of quirky Wilton Way Café. Using a seasonal blend of roasted beans from nearby roasters Climpson & Sons, the cafe keeps its ingredients both local and fresh.

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Wilton Way Café

Yum Yum

THE award winning classic Thai cuisine makes Yum Yum one of the most popular restaurants in the borough. In this listed Georgian building there are beautiful interiors combining Thai features with chic modern Asian designs.

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Yum Yum

Zigfrid

ONE of the original breakout Hoxton venues, Zigfrid was an artists' studio transformed by Goldsmith graduate and furniture designer Paul Daly into a buzzy late night bar in 2003. As a DJ and live music venue, it pioneered that defining shabby Shoreditch chic, so often copied since, and quickly became a haven for early waves of Hackney hipsters.

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Zigfrid

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