Sophie's Guidebook

Sophie
Mid century furniture retailer based in east London. Loves modern design, fairweather cycling, Spotify without ads, feminism, tea, fell-walking, and exploring new cities. Wishes the UK could be mor... read more

Things to do in London

869 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bustling weekly flower market complete with cockney flower sellers. "Two for pound". An East London institution. Beware the crowds, go early.

867 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bustling and hip Saturday market. Street food, gifts, homeware, farmer's produce, clothes, vintage, pubs and loads of people milling about. An east London institution.

233 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great independent Picturehouse cinema. With bar and cafe.

151 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Buzzing late night bar and microbrewery serving their eponymous beer and wood fired pizza. Backs onto the canal in the artists' industrial enclave of Hackney Wick. On nice days, tie it in with a Ri... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really good sourdough pizza in a intimate setting with craft ales and fine wines.

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pub. For real ale and cider lovers. Don't expect food, unless you like pickled eggs.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This street has a lot of lovely independent homeware and lifestyle shops (Triangle Store, In Residence, Everything But the Dog, Botany E5, London Borough of Jam). Worth a visit on market day, Sunda... read more

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Overlooking a lake with indoor and outdoor seating. Best Eggs Benedict or Florentine going. Or try a sri-lankan brunch and a hot homemade chai overlooking the lake. Nowhere in East London does poac... read more

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small intimate cocktail bar, with excellent staff and novelty toilets. Try their Penicillin or take on an Old Fashioned.

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just won a michelin star. Innovative cooking in a tiny non-pretentious setting. Chef's menu - eat what you're given. Top notch.

#11

UCHI

Food SceneRestaurants
144 Clarence Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The food is delicate and delicious. Top it off with a Nikka whisky. Not open Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Buy your groceries here. Worth the walk, almost better than Waitrose.

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Open air restaurant on top of a listed former toilet block. Only in East London. Best in summer for Al Fresco rooftop dining, but all tented up and heated in winter.

#14

Ellory

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1 Westgate St·Map·Hours·Website·

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

East London's best fine dining with a casual feel. Just won a Michelin star. Innovative small plates and award winning wine.

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

All day brunch and evening restaurant. A refurbed Chatsworth Road institution. Backed by Nuno Mendes.

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Microbrewery and buzzing bar serving craft beer straight out the copper stills. Great soulful music on the decks, on Saturdays expect dancing in the aisles.

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Victoria Park is the best park in London. But then I'm biased. Go to Pavillion cafe for Eggs Benedict or a sri-lankan brunch overlooking the lake. Hire a boat or pedaloe. Or just have a stroll.

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Palm 2

EssentialsGrocery Stores
152-156 Lower Clapton Road·Map·Hours·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Clapton's best kept supermarket secret. A cornucopia of produce - not what you were expecting from the outside. Cheese counter, charcuterie, weird and wonderful vege, home cooked moussakas and sala... read more

#19

Pages Of Hackney

ShoppingBookstores
70 Lower Clapton Road·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely independent bookstore, with a great curated selection.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for an urban hike. Walk down Mildenhall Road, Cross the park, turn left on the canal path, go under the bridge, then cross the bridge. Now you are in the marshes, with lots of parks, pathways... read more

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bus stop for innumerable buses... Just the other side of the Pond.