The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

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  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    FRIDAY NIGHT

    Start your East London weekend with a selection of succulent skewers at Jidori, before popping across the road to catch an experimental gig at Café Oto. Finish the night with a tipple or three at Ruby’s (pictured).

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    SATURDAY MORNING

    Clear your head with a stroll around Victoria Park (pictured), then have breakfast at Pavilion and a quick browse in Haus. Swing by Chisenhale Gallery for an art fix, before walking along the canal to Broadway Market.

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    SATURDAY LUNCH

    Stop for a coffee at Climpson & Sons before navigating the food stalls and dropping in to see the latest arrivals in Artwords (pictured). Wend your way to Bistrotheque for a leisurely late lunch and a Bloody Mary.

    SATURDAY AFTERNOON

    Walk to Shoreditch via the canal for a shopping spree, stopping off at Labour and Wait, Aida and SCP. Then refuel with a coffee at Leila’s Shop or a snack at The Kitchens in Old Spitalfields Market.

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    SATURDAY EVENING

    Savour a well-earned glass of something at Bethnal Green bar Sager + Wilde or The Marksman before dinner at Morito. Head to Moth Clubafterwards for dancing until late.

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    SUNDAY BRUNCH

    Wake up with a swim at London Fields Lido coffee at nearby E5 Bakehouse and a peek inside Bonds. Stop by Mare Street Market (pictured) for one of London’s best brunches before wandering down to see some friendly wildlife at Hackney City Farm.

    SUNDAY AFTERNOON

    Soak up the floral delights of Columbia Road Flower Market before strolling to Brick Lane. Visit the Beigel Shops then meander down to Brick Lane Bookshop and Libreria and end up at the Whitechapel Gallery.

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    SUNDAY EVENING

    Pop into The Spread Eagle for a pint (pictured) before catching an early screening at The Castle Cinema. Wander over to P. Franco for small plates and wine to finish the weekend off in style.

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    A brief guide to Hackney

    SHOREDITCH

    Crowds gravitate here for the ever-expanding selection of Shoreditch restaurants, bars, shops, hip hotels, street food stalls and nightlife. Fun and colourful but at times a little in-your-face.

    See our Shoreditch and Hoxton guide

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DALSTON

Centred around Kingsland High Street, this is the home of great late-night Turkish food, cheap Ridley Road Market groceries, basement dive bars and messy nights out.

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  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    LONDON FIELDS

    The eponymous green space and its surrounding streets attract dog walkers, lido swimmers, coffee lovers, hipster barbecuers and a Saturday surge of Broadway Market goers.

    HACKNEY CENTRAL

    The heart of the borough. Busy Mare Street is lined with high-street shops, council buildings and pubs. Hackney Wick – artists’ studios, warehouses and the Olympic Stadium are found in this spacious former industrial area.

    STOKE NEWINGTON

    Families, creatives and trendy brunchers flock to Stoke Newington Church Street for its shops, cafés and green spaces.

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

    VICTORIA PARK

    Picturesque residential streets surround this vast green space, alongside which lies a quaint cluster of local shops, cafés and pubs known as Victoria Park Village.

    CLAPTON

    Over the last few years this has become the latest Hackney hotspot, with a constant stream of exciting new bar, café and restaurant openings.

    STAMFORD HILL

    With the largest Hasidic Jewish population in Europe, this quiet neighbourhood stretches up to Tottenham and houses the Stokey overspill.

  • The perfect weekend in East London: an itinerary

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