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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Café
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“Café Oto is a great place to discover alternative and avant-garde music with live performances in the evening and a café by day. Free jazz and psych rock fans already know it, everybody else will be amazed. This is the sort of place that makes living in Hackney special.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Theatre
“London’s premier fringe theatre. Check what is on as can be sold out. Great bar if you dont want to see a play”
  • 104 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“One of the top Jazz clubs in London, Vortex has a long history of providing some of the best entertainment for both die-hard and casual fans alike.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a cool/ trendy pizza place just 6 minutes walking from out place. The impeccably hip pizza joint – from its stylish tees . We bake massive 22” New York-style pizzas and serve them by the slice. Our innovative pies combine high quality ingredients with unique flavour combinations for an exceptional slice. Two of our slices is equivalent to a whole 11” pizza! Come down for a slice or three.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“A rooftop English garden and bar that hosts summer events including yoga classes and music nights.”
  • 44 locals recommend
English Restaurant
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“Stylish bar/restaurant in a former factory, with Modern British menu, cocktails and private dining.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Indian eatery serving thalis and aromatic, slow-cooked Gujarati-style cuisine, plus takeaway option.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Boast an impressive ever changing cocktail menu and some quality musical talent, no 2 nights are ever the same making Servant Jazz Quarters one of Dalston's most popular nights out!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Yakitori Restaurant
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“Authentic yakitori has come to East London in the form of Jidori, which boasts a custom-made Kama-Asa grill imported from Tokyo. As the restaurant is named after a special breed of chicken, it’s no surprise that the meat is the star here, with virtually every part of the animal appearing in the yakitori. Don’t fill up on the skewers, though; the katsu curry scotch egg is a great Japanese twist on the English classic, and the sole dessert – ginger ice cream, miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame praline – is a moreish blend of sweet and savoury.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“10-20 minute from your room. Pop into Ridley Road Market before travelling north where you can pick up connections to Kings Cross adn Earl's Court.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Great jazz bar, also offers a 'pay what you can' set menu for dinner (meat and veggie options)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Fantastic vegan pizzeria... Low-lit. We aren't vegan but we love it still! We usually stop there after seeing a nice play at the Arcola if we are lucky and they still have a table free. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There's a giant Sainsbury's supermarket here with everything you need. Also has a Superdrug for toiletries and a pharmacy”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Hidden Gem Good bakery - breakfast/lunch/cakes/coffee or even baking classes”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
“Tucked away in the heart of Dalston, Brunswick East is a beautiful local cafe, as well as a lovely independent bookstore.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Hawaiian restaurant, mostly fish menu, wine and craft beers. Try the pokes, set in a former warehouse. Friday to Sunday.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“This is a cool/ trendy pizza place just 6 minutes walking from out place. The impeccably hip pizza joint – from its stylish tees . We bake massive 22” New York-style pizzas and serve them by the slice. Our innovative pies combine high quality ingredients with unique flavour combinations for an exceptional slice. Two of our slices is equivalent to a whole 11” pizza! Come down for a slice or three.”
  • 79 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Stylish bar/restaurant in a former factory, with Modern British menu, cocktails and private dining.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Indian eatery serving thalis and aromatic, slow-cooked Gujarati-style cuisine, plus takeaway option.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Yakitori Restaurant
“Authentic yakitori has come to East London in the form of Jidori, which boasts a custom-made Kama-Asa grill imported from Tokyo. As the restaurant is named after a special breed of chicken, it’s no surprise that the meat is the star here, with virtually every part of the animal appearing in the yakitori. Don’t fill up on the skewers, though; the katsu curry scotch egg is a great Japanese twist on the English classic, and the sole dessert – ginger ice cream, miso caramel, sweet potato crisps and black sesame praline – is a moreish blend of sweet and savoury.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Great jazz bar, also offers a 'pay what you can' set menu for dinner (meat and veggie options)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Fantastic vegan pizzeria... Low-lit. We aren't vegan but we love it still! We usually stop there after seeing a nice play at the Arcola if we are lucky and they still have a table free. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“Tucked away in the heart of Dalston, Brunswick East is a beautiful local cafe, as well as a lovely independent bookstore.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hawaiian restaurant, mostly fish menu, wine and craft beers. Try the pokes, set in a former warehouse. Friday to Sunday.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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