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.
One of four Jamon Jamon venues in London - the others are in Camden Town, Belsize Park and Islington - this tapas bar offers a range of traditional Spanish dishes alongside an all-Spanish wine list and a selection of cocktails including, of course, sangria. There are six Spanish beers, too. The food menu ranges from cheese and charcuterie boards to grilled sardines with olive oil and parsley, serrano ham croquettes, grilled Iberico pork loin with tomato bread, and a variety of paellas - including one cooked with black squid ink. Desserts are authentic too, with tarta de Santiagos alongside traditional Spanish crepes served with strawberries or lemon and sugar. Keep an eye our for special events and menus, too.
Venue says: “Special offers! Monday to Friday 30% off all food (noon-5pm). Monday to Friday 2-for-1 on sangría (5-9 pm).”