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.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
This Islington steakhouse, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton, comes from one-time enfant terrible of the British culinary landscape, Marco Pierre White. It's one of a number of UK restaurants bearing his name. The main menu here focuses on steak, with fillets, sirloins, rib-eyes, T-bones and chateaubriands sourced from the Campbell Brothers butchers, and served with triple-cooked chips, grilled tomato and onion rings. Sauces to accompany include bordelaise butter, garlic butter, peppercorn sauce, wild mushroom sauce and béarnaise. Outside of the steaks the menu offers French onion soup with gruyère and croutons, brandade of smoked mackerel, salmon steak with pomme frites, and a macaroni of wild mushrooms, poached egg, olive oil and crystal salt. Afternoon tea also features, as well as set menus and special offers.
Venue says: “Three course dinner for £25. Choose three courses for just £25! Available all week, 5.30-10.30pm.”