Voting is now open for this year’s Time Out Love London Awards, and we’re asking you to nominate your most loved local venues. But in a city with so much goodness, we know that’s a tricky ask – so we’ve sought inspiration from the Time Out Tastemakers, our super-community of locals with their fingers on the pulse of London. Our second expert, Clare Every – aka @TheLittleLondonFoodie – picks eight great spots in her neighbourhood, Dalston.
‘My most loved local restaurant is Mildreds, a well-known spot in the London veggie world – and with good reason. Their food is creative, unique and delicious, and you can expect a relaxed atmosphere full of trendy Dalstonites. I recommend their mock chicken waffles or the Sri Lankan curry.’
‘My most loved local brunch spot is Cafe Route. They have an incredible veggie menu including a big breakfast with halloumi and potato cakes, Turkish eggs with chickpeas and tahini sauce and a classic shakshuka. They also have the most exotic and freshly made salads available every day, as well as delicious coffees and impressive homemade cakes.’
‘My most loved local coffee place is Brunswick East. I spent 11 years of my life in Australia, so finding a great Aussie coffee shop in the heart of Dalston was priceless.’
‘My most loved local late-night spot is actually another food spot. Voodoo Ray’s is open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and is always my favourite place to finish off a night out. They serve by the slice or, if you think you can handle it, you can order a whole 15-inch pizza. Enough said!’
‘My most loved local place to drink in the sun is Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. This is a cute little secret garden where you can position yourself amongst the leaves in the sun, tap your toes to the music, grab yourself a slice of pizza and sip on your G&T until the sun sets.’
‘My most loved local pub is The Scolt Head. Not only is this right at the end of my street, so it’s easy to meander home from, but it also has a lovely, leafy beer garden which is perfect for those warm summer nights we occasionally get in London.’
‘My most loved local music venue is The Nest – I have some amazing memories from this place! It’s an intimate space, filled with people who are totally passionate about their dance music.’
‘My most loved local cinema is Rio Cinema. It is an adorable, 100-year-old cinema in an Art Deco style. Snuggle in with some popcorn and a craft beer and immerse yourself in an independent film. It doesn’t get much more Dalston than that.’
Now it’s your turn! Vote for your favourite local places in the Time Out Love London Awards.