A locals' guide to E2
"Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene."Nick Batten
"Bethnal Green, with its close proximity to Shoreditch, is a popular and vibrant area where there's always something exciting going on!"Andrew Phillips
"Full of life and great people, Bethnal Green can confidently lay claim to being the heart of London..."Chris Manderson
Where do E2 locals go?
An incredible restaurant in east London. Bright yellow and tiny in size, it serves the best fried chicken with American-style sides, including the dill and pomegranate slaw, which is unreal! Booking is recommended...
Submitted by Elliot
After trying nearly all of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, this is by far the best. The setting is cool with graffiti style art on the walls and the service is excellent compared to other places on the same road. Complimentary tea and watermelon at the end is exactly what is needed after trying the extensive menu of pho, noodles, summer rolls and fresh fish.
Submitted by Karrie
Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium
Delicious afternoon tea in the company of adorable cats that live in the café.
Submitted by Lydia
You'll be spoilt for choice along Brick Lane when it comes to curry houses! The deals that some restaurants offer are out of this world...
Submitted by Emma
A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.
Submitted by Reese
A local family run institution where you always feel welcome! This greasy spoon café is a proper traditional place with a buzzing atmosphere.
Submitted by Andrew
This place is great for brunches and lunches. They have a cabaret place downstairs so you really could stay all day if you wanted to!
Submitted by Matthew
The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!
Submitted by Hollie
If you can't face the crowds at London's bigger museums, head to this place for a quieter and nicer experience. This museum is all about the home throughout the centuries and the café sells delicious cakes too!
Submitted by Daisy
Broadway Market is the exact place to go to experience the best of what east London has to offer, with its fantastic range of food stalls, restaurants, shops and pubs! If you go in the summer, be sure to grab a beer and head over to London Fields, where the standard BBQ doesn't exist.
Submitted by Adele
Cereal Killer Café
Much talked about, this place epitomises all that is trendy in the Shoreditch area!
Submitted by Emma
Pure heaven for chocolate lovers! Handmade chocolates in a vast variety of flavours.
Submitted by Emma
This infamous 24/7 bagel bakery is a firm favourite with both locals and tourists - the salt beef bagel is certainly hard to beat!
Submitted by Emma
Why do you find E2 a great place to live?
"I love Bethnal Green Gardens because there is a park inside for children and there is a spiderweb next to the park for older children Furthermore, there is a huge football pitch and a basketball area. Even though there is a football pitch and a basketball area, it is spacious. Also there is a grass hill that has dandelions all over. To add to this there is a library next to Bethnal Green Gardens. In addition, the whole area is... more
"I love Bethnal Green. It is situated perfectly on the central line and is great for getting around easily. Brick Lane Market on a Sunday is only a 10 minute walk away, along with the great night life in Shoreditch. It is the perfect place to really enjoy London for what it is – a busy, exciting, cosmopolitan city."
"I have lived in East London and have had the amazing opportunity of being born and bred in the heart of it! Bethnal Green has a lovely community and wonderful niche markets, local parks, cheap and cheerful as well as classy restaurants! If you're a fan of food look no further! Brick Lane, (which is round the corner!) has a large flea market with stalls selling antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac and all sorts of other weird and... more
"Behind every corner is an undiscovered hangout. A giant adventure playground in the heart of the city"
"Bethnal Green is an awesome, urban area with an eclectic mix of people, ranging from students, arty hipsters, professionals working in the city to old school Cockney and Bangladeshi residents selling local wares (such as jellied eels, pie & mash and beautiful saris). Bethnal Green Road itself has everything you need from supermarkets, fresh fruit and veg stalls, excellent breakfast places (E Pelliccis and Cafe 338), numero... more
What do you like about E2?
Did you know?
"In 1980 journalist Duncan Campbell entered (illegally) down an access shaft in Bethnal Green and attempted to cycle to Westminster. He was amazed at how well maintained and extensive the tunnels were under the city and had no need of a map as they were very well signposted."
Child-friendly activities near E2
Mum & Baby YogaYoga Place
Postnatal and baby yoga class. The class target areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, and provides ease fpr colic, constipation and teething, etc. for baby. The session ends with mum and baby relaxation followed by tea and cake! Website
Animal Magic-Sensory storytellingV&A Museum of Childhood
Sensory storytelling for children aged 5 and under, inspired by well-loved animal tales. Website
Mummy & Baby YogaYoga Place
Postnatal and baby yoga class. The class target areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, and provides ease fpr colic, constipation and teething, etc. for baby. The session ends with mum and baby relaxation followed by tea and cake! Not need to book it just Drop in! Website
Frogprince Baby Music - Hackney City FarmHackney City Farm
Based on the use of simple and common music instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, toy percussion, voice and the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children, Frogprince Baby Music Class is a path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website
Art SmartsV&A Museum of Childhood
Kids can get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make an amazing piece of art inspired by the Museum to take home. For children of all ages. Website
East London Ballet SchoolStretch Yoga Studios
Ballet is a fun and creative way for children to exercise, developing fitness, co-ordination, good posture, balance and spatial awareness, alongside an appreciation of music. The East London Ballet School focusses on musicality, expression, fun and building confidence for children aged 18 months to 5 years. Free trial sessions are available and classes can be booked individually or termly. 18 months up to 2 years: Wednesday 15.00-15.30 2 years up to 3.5 years: Wednesday 15.35-16.05 3.5 years up to 5 years: Wednesday 16.10-16.40 Website
ExploreV&A Museum of Childhood
Object-handling, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions that let children get up close to childhood objects and toys Website
E2 is the postcode district in East London incorporating the areas of Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath. The local authorities covering E2 are Tower Hamlets, Hackney. The postcode area does not cover all of east London; the remainder is covered by the RM (Romford) and IG postcode areas.
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