I first discovered Gordon's with a friend when we were seeking snacks between a matinee and an evening show in Theatreland. A good bottle of wine with a dear friend is truly one of life's greatest pleasures, and when you get to enjoy it in what is reputedly London's oldest wine bar, it's that much better. Their dark caves are perfect for lingering conversations and long overdue catch-ups.
2. Giuseppe's Place
Giuseppe's is an Italian restaurant like no other. I was introduced to the place years ago, and have returned frequently, as if on some kind of lasagne-inspired pilgrimage. Located just off Borough High Street, it's a wonderful place to meet and enjoy some good, hearty, flavourful Italian food.
Opened in 2013 after a successful pop-up in the same location during the London Olympics, the Technical is a great addition to the ever growing Leyton/Stratford/Leytonstone scene. The selection of drinks is splendid and the food is great too, from quick bar snacks to amazing burgers (genuinely some of my favourites in London) and a cracking Sunday roast. Kids are welcome before 9pm, dogs get their own water bowls and free Scooby snacks and there's a great range of events on including a pub quiz, music and comedy.
The Sportsman Casino
4. The Sportsman Casino
From time to time it's good to escape the busy streets of the city and embrace a little glamour. When I do, I love to go to the Sportsman Casino, located moments from Marble Arch. It's the perfect mix of highbrow and laid-back, flashy and discreet, exactly as a casino should be. As well as the gambling, there are two great bars and delicious food to be enjoyed at the restaurant Zaman's.
5. Union Chapel
In a city full of amazing venues, Union Chapel truly is a special one. This working church is one of the finest locations for live music in the city, with acoustics that mean wherever you are sitting, from the first few rows to the last few seats up with the gods, you are hearing sound of the most beautiful quality.
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