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A bright, spacious, semi-industrial conversion of the former Danish Seamen’s Mission has created a very pleasant community café and arts centre, the kind of place that sells video tapes and music cassettes (remember them?) and loads of second-hand books. The generously served food (veggie fajitas, pasta or lentil soup on our visit) is organic and own-made; granted, it’s heated in a microwave and pretty rudimentary, but it’s filling and tasty. For breakfast, you can have muesli with yoghurt, toast or, oddly, merguez sausages. The decor includes a changing array of local art; furniture is schoolroom basic, with some comfy sofas. Have a nose around the lovely screening room and the first-floor terrace.


Venue name: Departure
Address: 649 Commercial Road
E14 7LW
Opening hours: Meals served Summer 10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat. Winter 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat.
Transport: Tube: Limehouse DLR/rail
Price: Main courses £1.95-£5.95.
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Now renamed as Husk and given an upgrade in comfy retro furniture, with excellent coffee and exhibition spaces for local artists. Super cheap and nobody minds if you sit here all day. Perfect for working out of the office.