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The people's 101: restaurants, cafes and bars

Discover the best things to do in the capital as recommended by real Londoners

After creating our own list of 101 things to do in London we decided to let you have your say. We asked Time Out readers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to tell us their top things to do in the capital. Kayak tours, daytime clubbing, rooftop cinema and candlelit gigs – Time Outers named them all. Check out the people's 101 and explore this city like a true Londoner.

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Restaurants, coffee shops and bars in London

Eat pizza at Big Red

A series of readers pointed us towards the Big Red, a double-decker bus that’s been converted into a Deptford pizzeria. There’s satisfying Italian food, Meantime ales, frequent live music and cinema, and a weekday happy hour that lasts till 9pm. 

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Deptford Bridge

Enjoy a cuppa at Broadway Market

Londoners remain reassuringly fond of a cup of tea and a biscuit or five. Broadway Market is one of your favoured spots for indulging in such archetypically British behaviour, whether you’re knocking back a milky builder’s from F. Cooke’s pie and mash joint or an exotic foreign brew fromClimpson & Sons (Persian Pomegranate Pyramid, anyone?) 

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South Hackney

Visit Camden Town Brewery Bar

This fantastic independent brewery has opened an onsite bar, open Friday evenings and boasting all the Camden ales and occasional guest beers on tap. According to reader David Whitesmith, ‘the strange, sweet smell from the mash tun seems to add to the flavour.’ 

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Kentish Town

Marvel at the view in Container Cafe

The Container is part of View Tube, a large lime-green tin overlooking the Olympic Park. ‘For such a touristy location,’ says Noor A, ‘the food and coffee are surprisingly excellent.’ 

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Breakfast at Counter Café

‘On the rare weekend when it’s not chucking it down,’ writes Katie D, ‘I cycle along the canal to Counter Café for an Antipodean breakfast overlooking the new Olympic site. Service is slow, it’s crammed with irritating hipsters from the nearby art studios, but the food and view are unbeatable.’ 

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Hackney Wick

Be sure to eat on Eat.St

‘If I’m really hungry I’ll eat a Rib Man wrap followed by a Yum Bun pork belly roll and a Big Apple hot dog (see our Old Street listing)’, confesses Stacey Hamilton. And who can blame her when London street food collective Eat.St only host their market from Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes. As well as Stacey’s fine trio, don’t miss Tongue N Cheek’s Italian offal sandwiches, Kimchi Cult’s Korean street food and Anna Mae’s pulled pork sandwiches. 

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Hang out on the terrace at The Frog

A big vote-winner, this: it seems there’s nothing Time Out readers love more than snagging a seat at this Clapham hangout’s rooftop terrace and enjoying the views over the Common with a cheeky Rioja. 

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