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A locals' guide to EC3A

"Leadenhall Market's Grade II listed, 19th century structure feels as if you are stepping back to a more opulent era..."

Josh Walsh

"A large part of London's rich history in encased in the walls of the Tower of London."

Thomas Holmes

"The commanding architecture at the heart of London's busiest financial district certainly leaves a lasting impression."

Adrian Jarockyj

What is your favourite place?

Where do EC3A locals go?

Sushi Samba

Busy but buzzing and the cocktails are amazing. If you want to try sushi for the first time, no better place. Delicious!

Duck & Waffle

This restaurant in The Heron is a great way to start the day and there's not a bad view either... Breakfast is a must!!

The Royal Exchange

A great place to pick up jewellery for a loved one while having lunch or afternoon tea.

The Breakfast Club

Fantastic breakfast dishes served throughout the day, but be warned, it gets very busy at the weekend, so expect to queue.

The Folly

The Folly at Monument is like a Secret Garden! Perfect for weekend brunches, lazy lunches or catch ups after work - whatever the occasion, the Folly can do it!

Spitalfields Market

Great places to eat, loads of quirky gift ideas and a venue for all kinds of events, including a pop-up hotel.

The Culpeper

A great brunch menu on a Saturday and the service is excellent. The full English and the anchovy butter is a nice touch.

Bishopsgate Kitchen

Great food in a glass-walled Benugo restaurant that has a varied menu made using local produce. It is just a short walk from London Liverpool Street and Spitalfields Market.

Finsbury Avenue Square Market

Every other Tuesday there is a wonderful artisan market with everything from cheese and wine stalls, haggis toasties and Japanese food, to the more standard but delicious cakes, cookies and doughnuts!

The SkyLounge

At the top of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near Tower Bridge, this sophisticated bar has amazing views!

Galvin La Chapelle

This Michelin-starred French restaurant is perfect for a special occasion. Impressive food in an even more impressive setting within a beautiful converted church.

St Katharine Docks

Independent restaurants for dinner after a quick drink at The Dickens Inn or take a twilight stroll alongside the yachts.

London Grind

The best coffee on a bridge! They also sell delicious cocktails and food too.

Golden Hinde II

Is there anything more English than Morris dancing in front of Sir Francis Drake's galleon!?


A special occasion place - beautifully prepared food and stunning views.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Aldgate, Spitalfields, City, Shoreditch, Barbican, Whitechapel, Wapping, Borough, Clerkenwell and Southwark

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"London Bridge owes its name to the fact that it was the first bridge built over the Thames, originally instated by the first Romans that settled here."

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Frame's Mums Club

Frame Shoreditch
A full body workout for Mums involving Boxing/Cheerleading/Toning and a whole lot of abs, all done to loud music. Take your little one with you and they can snooze in the pram, play on a mat or run around the room!

Up Club-Drop In

The Unicorn Theatre
Join the Unicorn Play Club for free drop-in activities from portrait painting and potato printing to giant jenga and more! Just turn up to join. Website

Mini Moles babies group

Museum of London Shop
Learn, play and explore together. Website

Little Moles toddlers group

Museum of London Shop
This is a fun session for children who are walking-5 years and their carers and involves hands-on creative activities, exploring the galleries, songs, stories and refreshments. Website

Water Babies

Golden Lane Campus
Aims to give you and your baby the confidence in water and will take your baby all the way from their first splashes in the pool to swimming all by themselves. Website


Golden Lane Sport & Fitness
Gymnastics is one of the most popular junior activities; spaces are in demand as this activity helps children develop physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and balance. Our classes and sessions are a great balance of structured learning and relaxed enjoyment, based around the British Gymnastic Association award scheme. Sessions run: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 (5 - 7years) Saturday 11:00 - 12:00 (8 - 12 years) Website
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