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The Free Association

The Free Association

A world class improv comedy theatre tucked away above De Beauvoir Arms pub on Southgate Road. Shows multiple nights a week featuring future and current TV and live comedy performers.

Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum

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!

Urban Food Fest

Urban Food Fest

This food festival off Shoreditch High Street is there every Saturday throughout the day and late into the night. There's loads of delicious food stalls with cuisines from all over the world and bars serving tasty cocktails.

Towpath

Towpath

I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.

Clutch

Clutch

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...

BIRD

BIRD

The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!

Dark Sugars

Dark Sugars

Pure heaven for chocolate lovers! Handmade chocolates in a vast variety of flavours.

Casa Blue

Casa Blue

Try the goldfish bowls in this trendy cocktail bar on Brick Lane...

Oval Space

Oval Space

A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market

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.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Delicious afternoon tea in the company of adorable cats that live in the café.

The Baring

The Baring

Long lazy Sundays or a swift ale after a busy day at work, The Baring is an ever popular watering hole that also has a serious Tuesday night quiz!

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

Best steak restaurant around. So tasty and very reasonably priced!

Nightjar

Nightjar

The most sophistication you can find between two kebab shops on a roundabout. A speakeasy-style cocktail bar underneath the adjacent shops, serving the best cocktail creations in town.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Hoxton, De Beauvoir Town, Dalston, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Spitalfields, Islington, Canonbury, Newington Green and Hackney

"After excavating under his house on Mortimer Road for 40 years up to 20 metres in each direction, William Lyttle or known affectionately as 'Mole Man' was finally taken to court by Hackney Council."

The street art on this wall is constantly changing, which makes for a beautiful and rousing walk to work every morning. Expect the unexpected on Great Eastern Street!

Kayleigh Harvey

Walking along Great Eastern Street, it is clear to see this area's artistic past and present.

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Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene.

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Kindy Drama - Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

St Michael's and All Angels
It has been carefully devised to complement the existing Helen O'Grady Drama Academy's Primary,Youth programmes and Adult drama. 4:30- 5:30 Ages 4 and half years to 7 years. 5:30- 6:30 Ages 8-12 years Website

Toddlers' World Soft play

Britannia Leisure Centre
A fun-filled environment designed to challenge and stimulate children between the ages of six months to five years. Parents must supervise their children during these sessions. Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

Buggies & Bikes (downstairs)
Massage works muscles and the joints, increases flexibility, you learn a lovely skill for life. Website

Eltaller Workshops Spanish Classes

Eltaller Workshops Spanish Classes
We offer specialised Spanish lessons which are based in Latin American contemporary literature, history, economy, film, art and music. We aim to have enjoyable discussions and activities that go beyond spanish text books or grammar exercises. We offer lessons for beginners, and for intermediate and advanced level students. Stay & Play 0.45 min lessons for children Website

Hoxton Singing Mums

St John’s Church
A community choir for mums in and around Hoxton singing everything from pop songs to show tunes, gospel to rock. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! Pre-school children welcome, toys & refreshments provided. Open to all mums - even if your kids are at school or even all grown up! Website

Piano Lessons with Cherry Muckle

West Library
Provide piano classes. Welcome. Whether you're totally new to the piano (and music!), wanting to develop your existing skills or interested in giving your child a unique opportunity for personal development, you've come to the right place. £70 per hour £52.50 per 45 minutes £35 per half hour Website

Kingsgate Hall Playgroup


It gets the stay and play thing just right - welcoming, flexible, snack time, lovely staff. Website

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