East London

 A guide on what to do, visit and eat 


Mae + Harvey. Winning Time Out's Best Brunch Spot in Bow and Mile End in 2018 should be enough reason for you to make a visit. Mae + Harvey is a neighbourhood café, serving delicious breakfast and lunch plates. Favourites include Natasha's famous avocado toast, her sweet or savoury waffles, and the ultimate roast chicken sandwich. On Tuesday evenings, she also hosts ‘Taco Tuesdays.’ Make sure to always check the specials menu for the seasonal dishes on offer.

Mae-and-Harvey-747x440Brunch at Mae + Harvey

‘The Pho Mile’. London is home to a large Vietnamese community, and the ‘Pho Mile’ is where you can satisfy any of your Vietnamese cravings. You can find regional Vietnamese dishes, like Bun Bo Hue (from Central Vietnam), Banh Cuon (from North Vietnam) or the classic, Pho.

Petticoat Lane Market. From Monday to Fridays, you can find delicious, and well-priced street food sellers at Petticoat Lane Market. Don’t let the queues overwhelm you, the vendors are really efficient and the line moves really quickly. Lillian Knowles House is located only a few minutes’ walk away, so the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before or after your lectures and classes.

Old-Spitalfields-Market-747x420Food stalls in Old Spitalfields Market by Student Blogger, Aarushi

Old Spitalfields Market. Student blogger, Aarushi says 'the market is a delight to visit in the afternoon and bear in mind, it is busiest during the weekends. There is ample seating and shopping to keep you comfortable and entertained. There’s something about this market that makes me prefer it over any other food market in London.'

GENESIS. Located by Spitalfields, GENESIS is a popular plant-based fast-casual restaurant serving a range of dishes, including burgers, tacos and salads.

Genesis-Vegan-Food-747x440GENESIS Restaurant


Street art over Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Wander around Shoreditch and Brick Lane to find graffiti and murals plastered over the walls of East London. Expect the murals to change often, so making a few trips throughout your time in London is a good idea. Head on over to Great Eastern Street to take a shot of the infamous ‘Let’s Adore and Endure Each Other’ graffiti, Princelet Street to see global artist Stik’s work, and Shoreditch High Street.

Genesis Cinema. An independent cinema, near Stepney Green Station that offers discounted tickets from Monday to Wednesday, tickets are discounted from £9 to £5.50. For a more luxe cinema experience, you can book tickets for their Studio 4 and 5.

Rich Mix. An independent art centre near Brick Lane, showcasing and supporting local talent. It offers an excellent programme of events that vary from music, to cinema, dance, theatre, spoken word and comedy – so you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy. 

EartH. A multi-arts space in Dalston, with a diverse programme of music, theatre comedy, and a monthly flee market.

Brick Lane. Tourists and locals flock to Brick Lane Market every weekend, especially on Sundays for the market on Brick Lane, where you can sample food from all over the world, browse through the stalls of vintage clothing and bric-a-brac. Remember to also try a salt beef bagel and join the London debate of which store has the better bagel!  

Old Truman Brewery. It houses a variety of bars and restaurants, independent shops and galleries that are typically open all week. However, on the weekends, you can expect a variety of different markets open, like Backyard Market (selling clothes, prints, and unusual accessories), Sunday Upmarket (over 200 traders, from established designers and artists, to food from all over the globe), and House of Vegan which showcases the UK’s best vegan street food.

Emirates Air Line. Crossing the River Thames between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, the Emirates Air Line offers an exciting view of London. During the day, it takes approximately 10 minutes each way. Alternatively, in the evenings (after 7pm) the duration is extended to approximately 25 minutes, in order for you to enjoy an evening sunset and London’s night skyline.

London Fields Lido.Open all year round, London Fields Lido is a heated outdoor swimming pool, located in Hackney. You can expect it to be especially busy on sunny days and during (primary and secondary) school breaks. There are large sundeck and sunbathing areas, and an onsite café for you refuel after your swim (or you can pack your own picnic). 


BoxPark Shoreditch. Made from old shipping containers, you can find independent shops selling homeware, clothing and accessories on the ground floor, and upstairs it is filled with a variety of different food stalls, with communal seating benches, a bar, and a dance floor.

Whitechapel Gallery. The Gallery has premiered the works of Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack, and Mark Wallinger – the artist of the ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ sculpture on campus. The Gallery is open all year round, so you can always expect a spectacular exhibition, collection display, or artist commission. Whilst you are there, browse their Bookshop for some inspiration, or grab a coffee and a bite to eat in their café and bar.

Columbia-Road-Flower-Market-747x440Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Flower Market. Open 8am to 3pm every Sunday, rain or shine, the flower market on Columbia Road is open for you to buy plants and flowers at cheap prices! The flowers and plants vary depending on the season. Alongside the market, you can find cafes, vintage shops and 

Victoria Park. Every Sunday from 10am till 4pm, the park hosts a farmers/food market, where you can purchase local, seasonal produce, locally baked bread, as well as food stalls from cuisines from all over the world.

Tobacco Dock. A Grade I listed warehouse is now used to host unique events, from day raves to food festivals like Taste of London, rooftop film screenings to concerts.