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London, UK

“I love being outdoors unless it’s raining like hell. Hampstead Heath reminds me of walking around with my twin and mum as a kid and so it’s amazing to walk around, climb some amazing trees and go swimming in the open air lido in the height of summer.” — Shura

Curated by: Ghostpoet, Happyness, Jamie T, Kindness, Laurel, Palma Violets, Shura, The Maccabees, The Mispers, Tom Forest, Million Miles

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London, UK
outdoors
Parkland Walk
"The Parkland Walk behind Finsbury Park that goes all the way to Alexandra Palace. It's an old disused railway line that cuts through the hustle and bustle of the city that gives you a moment of peace as well as some amazing views over the city." - Circa Waves
Florence Road, London N4 3EY, UK
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Search & Destroy
"Search & Destroy is a great vintage clothing shop. All the stuff they stock is carefully selected so you're guaranteed to find something good in there without all the endless sifting." - Circa Waves
20 Cheshire St, Shoreditch, London E2 6EH, UK
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Joshua Kane
"Joshua Kane is a superb young tailor working out of his flagship store on Great Portland street. All of the fabrics he uses are woven in England, a visit there and you're sure to find the suit to suit you." - Circa Waves
68 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7NG, UK
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The Bill Murray
"Go watch some comedy at the Bill Murray. It's a tiny pub in Angel that often plays host to successful comedians trying out new material in an intimate setting." - Circa Waves
39 Queen's Head St, Islington, London N1 8NQ, UK
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Royal Albert Hall
"There's something special about the Royal Albert Hall. The decadent interior always provides an extra element of occasion to any show that happens there." - Circa Waves
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP, UK
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London Fields
"London Fields - In the summer this park turns becomes ones of the busiest; full of dogs and BBQs it backs onto Broadway Market which has some of the best street food, pubs and restaurants around." - Circa Waves
London Fields, London, UK
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Stoke Newington
"Stoke Newington - Excellent pubs, cafe's and parks and populated by lots of musicians and dogs." - Circa Waves
Stoke Newington, London, UK
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Pavilion Cafe & Bakery
"Pavilion Cafe & Bakery in Victoria Park - Excellent coffee and bread in the heart of East London's biggest park. They also have a branch on Broadway Market if you find yourself around that part of town." - Circa Waves
Victoria Park Pavilion, Old Ford Rd, London E9 7DE, UK
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Lion Coffee + Records
"Lion Coffee in Clapton - Browse records whilst you drink good coffee, also you might be lucky to find a band there crammed in doing an intimate performance." - Circa Waves
118 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London E5 0QR, UK
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The Old Blue Last
"The Old Blue Last is a true rock and roll pub. Operated by Vice it has gigs on almost every night and quite often for free. Lot's of up and coming bands get there start in the sweaty room on the first floor. Always start with a couple of pints of Bitter (preferably Tribute) and see where things go after that." - Circa Waves
38 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3ES, UK
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The Chandos
"It's a treat to find any Sam Smith's pub in central London. Stumbling on the Chandos in Trafalgar square can give you the perfect place to break up your sightseeing in a classic Victorian style pub at the best prices you'll find in Central London. Or check out ye olde Cheshire cheese." - Circa Wave
29 St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ER, UK
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The Scolt Head
"The Scolt Head in De Beauvoir is a great neighbourhood pub, always rammed on a Sunday with people watching football and eating their delicious Roast Dinners." - Circa Waves
107A Culford Rd, London N1 4HT, UK
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Max’s Sandwich Shop
"Not a Schwarma but the best Sandwich in London is at Max's Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill. There's only a small menu but it's enough to make you change the way you think about Sandwich's forever." - Circa Waves
19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, London N4 4AP, UK
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Mangal 2 Restaurant
"Mangal 2 in Dalston is an east London staple. Amazing food for a great price in one of the most lively parts of town." - Circa Waves
4 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BH, UK
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The Best Turkish Kebab
125 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BT, UK
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Pho Mile
"If you're in Shoreditch, head to the Viet Mile for a hearty bowl of Pho. Plenty of the restaurants there are BYOB, too, which should set you up nicely for a night out around the bars of East London. BunBunBun and LoongKee are solid bets." - Circa Waves
134 Kingsland Rd, Hackney, London E2 8DY, UK
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Dishoom
"Dishoom has some of the most delicious and interesting Indian food in the whole of London. There's a few of them around and make sure to check out the black Daal." - Circa Waves
7 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE, UK
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OSTERIA WOLF
"WOLF in Stoke Newington is a great neighbourhood Italian restaurant with a constantly changing seasonal menu. I always have whatever vegetarian pasta they have on the menu as well as the burrata and some truffle potatoes." - Circa Waves
110 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton, London N16 7NY, UK
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Hampstead Heath
"The views are incredible and you can't help but be inspired." -Million Miles
Hampstead Heath, London, UK
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Choosing Keeping
"I'm a stationary fiend and this is the place to go!" -Million Miles
Choosing Keeping, Columbia Road, London, UK
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Omeara
"They have the best line ups and it's based in Flat Iron Square, which is a great place to hang out with really nice pop up restaurants, street food and bars." -Million Miles
6 O’MEARA STREET LONDON BRIDGE
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Crystal Palace Park
"Crystal Palace Park is amazing, there's an old outdoor theatre, roman ruins, a beautiful lake and bizarrely a group of dinosaur sculptures. So the story goes, people used to have speakeasy dinner parties inside them! Also, I shot the video for Can't Get Around a Broken Heart there." -Million Miles
Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London, UK
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Long White Cloud
"Long White Cloud on Hackney Road, it's just around the corner from my studio and the coffee never fails to boost productivity." -Million Miles
Long White Cloud, Hackney Road, London, UK
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The Spaniards Inn
"The Spaniards Inn on Hampstead Lane never fails, huge patio for the one day of sunshine we get in London, and facing Hampstead in all it's green glory." -Million Miles
33 Spaniards Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ, UK
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Dishoom
"The vibe is awesome... and it's surprisingly one of the best breakfasts you can find in London. Not your typical English breakfast, the naan rolls are incredible. There's normally a wait but [it's] well worth it." -Million Miles
Dishoom, Upper St Martin's Lane, London, UK
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Bühler and Co
"Bühler and Co is a vegetarian / vegan brunch place round the corner from us. The Gado Gado is incredible. We just moved to this area and didn't feel at home until we found a good brunch spot."  —  Tom Forest
8 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PJ, UK
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Mirth, Marvel and Maud
"An Old Fashioned at Mirth, Marvel and Maud's, an old converted theater. It has such a strange atmosphere and hopefully someone will turn it back into a theater one day."  —  Tom Forest
186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH, UK
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Islington South Library
"We dream of playing a show in the upstairs of Islington South library, on the Essex Road...  We've never been allowed in though."  —  Tom Forest

115-117 Essex Rd, London N1 2SL, UK
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Get Stuffed
One of the premiere taxidermy companies in the UK.  The company has been in business for over 40 years, and the family who owns it has been in taxidermy for much longer. "Where sick zoo animals go to be immortalized." — Tom Forest
105 Essex Rd, Canonbury, London N1 2SL, UK
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Malmaison London
"Malmaison in Charterhouse Square is beautiful. A night there is a good cheeky Christmas present."  —  Tom Forest
18-21 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6AH, UK
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Oslo
"Oslo in Hackney has a great sound system and everyone you want to see is there."  —  Tom Forest
1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL, UK
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The Old Queen’s Head
"We've spent a good few nights in the private room upstairs in The Queens Head, Angel. There's this button that magically brings you Champagne. Dangerous."  —  Tom Forest
44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN, UK
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British Museum
The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art, and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom
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Yum Yum Thai Restaurant
Modern Thai restaurant housed in a Georgian building, focused on using locally-sourced ingredients.
187 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH, UK
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Ruby’s Bar and Lounge
Romantic, original subterranean bar with stylish retro details, serving cocktails and craft beers.
76 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB, UK
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Bar Italia

Celebrated cafe, popular with Italian football fans, post-club crowds, musicians and mods.

Bar Italia, 22 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RF, UK
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Wilton’s Music Hall

Music hall with original cast iron pillars, balcony and decor, staging an eclectic event programme.

Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB, UK
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Vauxhall City Farm
Farm and charity organization in Lambeth with a focus on the local community, educational activities, riding lessons, animal therapy, and more. Come say hi to the animals and enjoy a peaceful escape from city life.
Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS, UK
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The Rookery
Originally separate 18th-century houses, this building is now a quirky boutique hotel in hip Clerkenwell. A two minutes walk from Farringdon tube and train station.
Peter's Ln, London EC1M 6DS, UK
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The Hellfire Club
"It's a big country house outside of London that turns into a swingers club every so often. They give out free hot dogs and soft drinks apparently." — Happyness
The Hellfire Club, Gartside House, Harris Way, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 7EL, UK
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BT Tower
Built in 1965, the BT Tower is a communications transmitter tower located in Fitzrovia, London. Once a year, the BT Tower opens to the public as part of Open House. The event takes place in September and due to high demand, you need to enter a ballot for tickets. It remained the tallest building in London until 1980, when it was overtaken by the 183m-high NatWest Tower.
Maple St, Fitzrovia, London W1T, UK
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Birthdays
Retrofitted basement venue serving burgers and cocktails.
Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BJ, UK
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MILK
Breakfast, lunch and artisanal coffee is served at this minimal-style cafe.
Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG, UK
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Costa Coffee
The UK's favorite coffee shop. It is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world behind Starbucks and the largest in the UK
Costa Coffee, 15 Regent St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LR, UK
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56 St James

Independent coffee shop serving legendary weekend brunches, homemade cakes and coffee by Nude Espresso.

56 St James St, Walthamstow, London E17, UK
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Jackdaw and Star
Pub in Homerton serving local craft beers and cocktails, and menu items including slow-smoked meats from permanent resident Sugar Shack.
Jackdaw and Star, 224 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS, UK
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The 12 Bar Club
Club in Holloway featuring punk bands and DJs. 
12 Bar Club, 203 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL, UK
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Chapel Market

Chapel Market is a daily street market in London. The market is located on a street of the same name near Angel, and sells fruit, vegetables and fish, as well as bargain household goods and cheap clothes.

Chapel Market, London N1, UK
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Indian Veg

Vegetarian curry house and takeaway with an all-you-can-eat buffet in a simple cafe setting.

Chapel Market, London N1 9EX, UK
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Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, UK
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Pelicans & Parrots
Vintage boutique with menswear and womenswear in Dalston. 
40 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ, UK
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Hampstead Heath
This large, ancient park sits upon one of the highest points in London, offering some of the best views of the city. The park includes Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park (zoo and butterfly house), an open air Lido, swimming ponds, and wide expanses of grassland and ancient woodland. Pack a picnic and have a dip in one of the swimming ponds and see for yourself why Hampstead Heath has inspired countless films, books and poems from Karl Marx and The Kinks to Notting Hill.
Hampstead Heath, London NW3
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Albertine Wine Bar

Cosy, candlelit place with traditional decor for notable wines, charcuterie plates & comfort food.

Albertine Wine Bar, 1 Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7DP, UK
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Evin Cafe

Cafe turning out English breakfast and Mediterranean meals, plus a subterranean bar with DJ nights.

Evin Cafe, 115 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB, UK
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Efes Snooker Club
Play pool, snooker, ping pong, and even golf (on Wednesday's and Thursday's) or watch some football at this Dalston bar.
Efes Snooker Club, 17B Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH, UK
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Ivy’s Mess Hall

Casual, eclectic eatery with small plates served all day, beer, wine and a few pavement tables.

Ivy's Mess Hall, 129 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB, UK
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Studio Spaces
Photography studio by day and event space by night. Studio Spaces has become a late-night destination thanks to party promoters The Hydra who book grade-A DJs and producers like Horse Meat Disco.
Unit 2, Studio Spaces, 110 Pennington St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 2BB, UK
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Woody Grill

Quality Kebab Shop located in the heart of Camden Town.

Woody Grill, 25 Camden High St, Kings Cross, London NW1 7JE, UK
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Shoreditch House
A members only club in a converted East London warehouse with a rooftop pool, spa, gym, and two rooftop restaurants.
Shoreditch House, London EC1V 9EY, UK
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Brockley Brewery Company
Brockley Brewery serves delicious craft beers (Golden, Pale Ale, and Red Ale), to thirsty visitors in south-east London.
Brockley Brewery Company, 31 Harcourt Rd, London SE4 2AJ, UK
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Studio 180

Studio 180 is a converted Georgian terrace containing five unique artists studios. The basement of the house is a multi functional space which plays host to a number of creative events.

180 Lambeth Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY, UK
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Rough Trade Shop

Compact, venerable independent record shop for mainstream and leftfield vinyl and CDs.

Talbot Rd, London W11 1JA, UK
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The Pineapple
Popular Kentish Town mainstay that dates back to the 1860s. Join the locals crowd for a pint and a gab.
Leverton St, London NW5 2NX, UK
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Sister Ray

Specialist shop trading in a wide and varied selection of hard-to-find vinyl records and CDs.

Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RP, UK
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The Roebuck
Victorian-style pub that hosts trivia nights and poetry readings.
Great Dover St, London SE1 4YG, UK
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The Spurstowe Arms
Pub in the heart of Hackney with a grand horsehoe bar and beer garden.
Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK
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Bermondsey Curry Den
Delicious and affordable Indian food.
Southwark Park Rd, London SE16 3TP, UK
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Tayyabs

Much-loved Punjabi restaurant serving aromatic, spicy dishes in a no-frills, contemporary interior.

Fieldgate St, London E1 1JU, UK
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Ahmed Tandoori
Authentic Indian and European cuisine in Wimbledon.
Townhead St, Hamilton ML3 7BQ, UK
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The Hawley Arms
The pub in Camden is lined with rock memorabilia, and has a rooftop terrace. 
Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU, UK
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Climpson & Sons Cafe

Flagship cafe of an artisan coffee roaster, with breakfast and lunch menus made using local produce.

Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, UK
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The Hemingway
Gastropub in Hackney using locally-sourced ingredients. 
The Hemmingway, 84 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JL, UK
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Goode & Wright
French bistro dishes created with British ingredients in 1920s vintage-style, oak-panelled setting.
Portobello Rd, London W11 1LR, UK
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Kennington Lane Cafe

Low-key venue for British classics including fish and chips and roasts, global dishes and breakfast.

Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK
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The Latchmere
Pub with beer garden, indoor fireplace, and BBQ.
Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BW, UK
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Milkbar
Small cafe serving artisan coffee and ground beans, all-day breakfast, salads and gluten-free cakes.
Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 4AG, UK
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Monmouth Coffee

Cafe with cakes and carefully sourced coffee, first of tiny chain that roasts its own beans.

Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU, UK
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Honest Jons Records

Old-school record store stocks eclectic blues, dance, soul, reggae and global music on vinyl and CD.

Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE, UK
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The Old Red Lion
Ale pub and beer garden with live theatre upstairs.
418 St John St, London EC1V 4NJ, UK
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The Dove
This bar on the water has the world's smallest bar room. Charles II and Nell Gwyn are said to have dined here.
Upper Mall, London W6 9TA, UK
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Allpress Espresso Bar

Small bites with artisan coffees made using beans sourced directly from exporters and roasted daily.

Shoreditch Masjid Trust, 53-55 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ, UK
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The Haggerston
This intimate pub hosts DJ nights, and jazz on Sundays.
Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA, UK
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Beamish & McGlue
Family-run deli and food shop specializing in organic meats, delicious cakes, coffee and local beer. Winner of the 2014 TimOut London Awards and 2015 runners up in The Slow Food UK Awards.
Norwood Rd, West Norwood, London SE27 9DQ, UK
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Cafe Oto

Daytime cafe, night-time performances, with live avant-garde music from free jazz to psych rock.

Hackney Family Back Up Ltd, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL, UK
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