Home of Jack the Ripper and early mob films, East London can be identified as a city all it's own. Step away from the historical and expensive streets of central London and step into an area full of cultures, coffee and craft beer. Navigating this ever growing part of the city can feel overwhelming, so we've compiled a list of our favorite places to quench your thirst any time of day!
Common E2: Family style tables filled with young professionals working on laptops, Tame Impala playing on the stereo and local beers lining the wall make this place a perfect destination to spend several hours. In addition to the warm yet modern vibe this place can make a mean cup of coffee and a damn good sandwich.
- Nkora : If you are looking for a simple and delicious cup of coffee, run don't walk to Nkora. The space is small but the coffee is big. A beautiful location with mostly window bench seats, this coffee shop is the perfect location for a coffee connoisseur looking for a cup and pastry on the run.
- Brick Lane: Walking down Brick Lane you will see more adorable coffee shops than you will know what to do with. Take a break from the food and vintage markets to have yourself a cuppa tea or a freshly roasted cup of coffee!
- Mother Kelly's: Do you enjoy beer? Truly enjoy beer? If so, this is your destination. They don't carry any liquor and only have option for red and white wine. Their 20 tap line changes daily and they have a wall of coolers that are filled with local and european canned beers. They even have a hefty selection of craft beers that can only be found in London here. This place is a perfect date night as the 6 other couples in the room could attest to offering up cheese and meat boards and several other light fares. Even if beer isn't 100% your thing you'll want to check out this place simply for the coolness factor and patio. If beer isn't your thing, simply keep walking down this alley and you're bound to find something.
- Redchurch Brewery : This brewery keeps in the theme of East London enjoying archways. Similar to Mother Kelly's they only serve beer, however at Redchurch they sell the beer they brew in house and it's definitely worth trying. They have a range of beers including a well balanced IPA and several sour options (which are my favorites). Make sure to stop here on a Friday/Saturday night to get a pint and jump on the dance floor.
- The Kings Arms : If you enjoy a modern yet cozy atmosphere with beautifully framed butterflies lining the walls, go no further than The Kings Arms. It feels like an updated version of your fathers favorite pub and filled with young people looking to have a good night. Make sure to ask the bartenders about the rotating beer and speciality Gin and Tonic menu!
- The Sun Tavern : Beer not your thing? Step inside The Sun Tavern to try one of the over two dozen options of whiskey. Not sure what you want? Chat with the experienced bartenders to get some recommendations. But buyer beware: Nice whisky can get expensive fast! This pub is buzzing almost every night of the week so be sure to get there early to get a seat. In addition to strong and affordable drinks, they also offer a variety of traditional English pub snacks.
- Bethnal Green: Fancy creating your own pub crawl filled with locals and great drinks? The borough of Bethnal Green is packed with pubs and bars all ready to show you a good time. Let yourself wander and explore this lesser known area away from tourists, and tourist prices.