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  • Indie hipsters | Arty types | Fashion queens | Family-friendly | Old school

    Old school East End


    Rewind to the proper East End… the one that’s all about family with a capital ‘F’, friends who can get you what you need within 24 hours – no questions asked – and two fingers to west London ponces. A night out with mates means beer, beer and more beer – cocktails and canapés are for losers and posers.
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      Palm Tree

      127 Grove Road, Mile End, E3 5BH

      Isolated on the canal in Mile End Park, this fine boozer takes you to the land that gastropubs forgot. Read more

  • E Pellicci

    332 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0AG

    Not just a caff, but a social club, cab drivers’ meeting room and unofficial matchmaking service. The listed, marquetry-panelled interior is cramped; sharing tables is to be expected and relished. Read more

  • Repton Boxing Club

    The Bath House, Cheshire St, E2 6EG

    Established in 1884, the oldest boxing club in the country – and surely the most famous – continues to produce champion fighters. Read more

  • Roman Road Market

    Roman Rd, E3 5LU

    This major shopping area for locals has cheap and cheerful (on a good Saturday) market fare from tulips to fruit ’n’ veg and trainers.

  • F Cooke

    150 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, N1 6SH

    The menu has changed little since the nineteenth century in this, one of London’s last remaining pie-and-mash shops. It’s a beautiful space, too – all tiled walls, backless wooden benches and steel counters. Read more

  • Columbia Road Flower Market

    Columbia Road, E2 7RG

    Thousands of flowers are crammed into one noisy Victorian terraced street. This market is increasingly gentrified, but still offers a real taste of the old East End. Read more

  • The Owl and the Pussycat

    34 Redchurch St, E2 7DP

    An oasis of authentic timeless boozerdom on the otherwise trendy Redchurch Street.

  • Dennis Severs' House

    18 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX

    Before the popular stereotype of the cockney jack-the-lad, the East End was home to generations of working men-made-good from all over the world. This unique museum recreates the home life of eighteenth-century Huguenot silk merchants and is proper spooky. Read more

  • Wilton's Music Hall

    Graces Alley, off Ensign St, E1 8JB

    Dance and drink at the oldest music hall in the world, host to capital frivolities since the 1850s. Nights range from the literary Book Slam to a celebration of Doris Day. Read more

Indie hipsters | Arty types | Fashion queens | Family-friendly | Old school Rewind to the proper East End… the one that’s all about family with a capital ‘F’, friends who can get you what you need within 24 hours – no questions asked – and two fingers to west London ponces. A night out with mates means beer, beer and more beer – cocktails and canapés are for losers and posers.

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