Secret London: Hoxton
Secret London: Waterloo
Behind an inconspicuous bookcase next to Benugo’s lounge area you’ll find a secret entrance to their recently opened cocktail bar, The Drawing Room. The bar is filled with precious handpicked curiosities, while subtle 1920s-1950s jazz tunes complement the atmosphere.
Secret London: Whitechapel
A genuine east London legend, Atlantis was selling art materials well before the area's gallery explosion and hordes of hipster hangers-on. Whatever your expressive medium of choice, you 'll find it here, and it's worth a trip in itself. Helpful staff are on hand to advise.
A vintage-lover's destination for its wide selection of trend-conscious clobber at genuinely afordable prices, the East End Thrift store ain't that pretty, but the stuff they sell is. If you really can't bear to rummage, the first floor displays pricier (and sometimes designer) items in a more civilised manner.
London's last surviving example of the giant popular entertainment palaces of the nineteenth century, Wilton's Music Hall is a proper East End charmer, with regular music, theatre, comedy and film in the battered but beautiful main hall, and fun live music on the equally battered piano in the Mahogany Bar.
Singtong Burger House
There's a Southeast Asian slant to this Leather Lane burger spot, with its signature sandwich comprising chicken breast marinated in a Thai sauce that was passed down from the owners' father, who set up the original Sintong back in the early '90s. Today the whole shebang been relaunched by his sons and daughters. The chicken in that signature burger is cooked over charcoal, sliced and served simply with mayo, tomato, lettuce and red onions. Other options include a cheeseburger with beef bone marrow added to the patty, a chilli burger (same patty) served with a homemade chilli sauce, and a veggie burger made with grilled potato and served with halloumi, grilled courgettes, ketchup, mayo, lettuce, red onion and tomato.
Venue says: “All of our ingredients comes from the local businesses, we take advantage of our proximity to Smithfield Market to source all the best meat.”