The 5 hippest places to eat in East London London

Campania and Jones

23 Ezra St

E2 7RH

+44 (0)20 7613 0015

Housed in a ramshackle former dairy building, and located on a cobble side street off Colombia Road, this café-style Italian restaurant enjoys a charming and atmospheric setting. The short daily menus feature homemade pastas - tortelli, pappardelle, gnudi- and incredibly tasty dishes of authentic domestic Italian cooking.


Voodoo Ray's

95 Kingsland High St

E8 2PB


+44 (0)20 7249 7865

Name after A Guy Called Gerald's UK acid house anthem, Voodoo Ray's is the place to come if you're on a night out in Dalston and its many bars and clubs. 22" NY-style pizzas are served by the slice, with dance music-referencing names such as the Hot Mix 5 and Giorgio Moroder. Open until 3 am, frozen margaritas are mixed in a slush machine and the Full Moon Slice only comes out after midnight. Fun.

The Marksman

254 Hackney Road

E2 7SJ


+44 (0)20 7739 7393

This revamped Victorian boozer in Hackney manages to retain its old-school charm despite the makeover. The food here is seriously good and worth a trip, but The Marksman still functions as a proper drinking pub, attracting a hip younger crowd as well as the older locals. Try the braised beef and barley bun with horseradish.


52 Wilton Way

E8 1BS


+44 (0)20 7254 8311

Located on a quiet Hackney backstreet, Pidgin is the next project from James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy after the success of their Secret Larder supper club. Almost as convivial, this space is intimate with minimal décor other than twigs and branches on the walls. The cooking is vibrant modern British with an Asian twist.

Typing Room

at: Town Hall Hotel

Patriot Square

E2 9NF


+44 (0)20 7871 0461

Perhaps a little too upmarket to be truly hipsterish, this is certainly one of East London's hottest restaurant. Located in the former secretarial offices of the imposing old Bethnal green town hall building, Typing Room serves intricately constructed modernist dishes with a Nordic influence. There are lots of foraged ingredients, petals and plenty of smoking and curing going on here.

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