As the creatives move further east, so places like Clapton become increasingly popular. And Clapton's quite the place these days, with loads of independent bars, boozers and restaurants keeping its new locals very well watered and fed. If the natural regeneration of areas like this is anything to go by, Shoreditch losing its lustre long ago was clearly no bad thing. After all, you can always rely on the cool kids of London town to find the next best thing.
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15 reasons to go to Chatsworth Road, E5
Chatsworth road smells amazing. Thanks to the fresh bread, exotic flowers, food stalls and reassuringly expensive scented candles all over the place, the whole thoroughfare is an olfactory marvel. It’s a feast for the eyes and tastebuds too. A long residential strip running through Homerton, Chatsworth Road is both a functional, neighbourhood high street and a genuinely great destination full of independent shops, excellent eateries and good-looking people. Originally intended to cater for life’s practicalities, it was one of the first planned high streets in London. Some sparky Victorians turned fields near a growing suburb into a pathway of amenities for the locals, including a butcher, some greengrocers and a loo (which still stands today as Hackney’s only free unisex public toilet). But hey, times change, gentrification happens, and now there’s a dog-grooming parlour. But there’s also a string of nice cafés, a friendly family crowd and a weekly food market that’s much better than the nearby tourist trap of Broadway Market. So whether you’re a Hackney local or a Chatsworth newbie, here’s where to find a great butcher, some wonderful bakers and a whole gang of scented-candlestickmakers. Eat this A photo posted by MAX CHATER LTD (@maxchater) on Mar 3, 2016 at 6:42am PST Mountains of Mediterranean food at Pivaz where the portions are as big as the Greek deficit. It’s the perfect place for a boisterous weekend brunch or a romantic evening meal. Anything
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Prime Burger St Pancras
This once-roaming burger stall was clearly keen to lay down some roots – not only is it now in situ here at St Pancras station, there's a second branch over at Euston, too. They could, of course, just love train stations. It's mostly about the burgers here, with their patties made with prime cuts from the forequarter and rib of Charolais, Limousin, Hereford and Angus cattle. Options range from the simple (the 'original' is just beef, tomato, lettuce, onion and house ketchup) to the busy (the 'bad boy' features two patties, double cheese, bacon, onion strings, lettuce, ketchup and gherkins). Veggie options also feature, as well as kids' meals, breakfasts, shakes and coffee.
Venue says: “Delicious burgers for busy people on the move, served in eight minutes or your money back. Guaranteed.”