Gallo Nero, 75 Stoke Newington High St, N16

Window

For anyone who has spent time in Italy, the foodie clutter of Gallo Nero is charmingly familiar. Fat rounds of parmesan sit alongside piles of […]

Good & Proper Tea, The Bower, 211 Old Street, EC1

Black tea

Just a step off the grind of Old Street roundabout, tucked into the rather suited-and-booted-looking Bower development, a tranquil revolution is bubbling away at Good […]

Il Cudega, 358 Westgate Street, E8

Coffee machine

Il Cudega is a first for Hackney, and probably for London too: a café/wine bar/deli specialising in food from Lombardy, the generous sweep of northern […]

Rudie’s, 50 Stoke Newington Road, N1

Albums

There’s no Caribbean kitsch at new Jamaican restaurant Rudie’s, where elegant wooden columns subtly mimic the shape of palm trees, a cool collection of vinyl […]

Posh Club, St Paul’s West Hackney

China

On stage, a strapping Nigerian man in a dress, huge falsies and a wig booms out a show-stopping rendition of “Old Man River”, while his […]

Gayhurst Community School, E8

Salmon

  With 600 small and demanding diners to feed in an hour each lunchtime, Nicole Pisani has her work cut out for her. Her previous […]

Coffee in Hackney

Kaffa Coffee

Hackney has undergone a massive transition in terms of its coffee consumption in the last few years. Eat Hackney recently dreamily recounted to me a […]

Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, E8

Interior

The timber embrace of the Ship of Adventures is one of Dalston’s most unlikely and endearing experiences. This is the ship-shaped shop and café of […]

Chesham Arms, 15 Mehetabel Rd E9

Chesham Arms

The roots of the public house, one of Britain’s most distinctive institutions, can be traced as far back as the Romans. Surviving through the centuries, […]

Little Baobab, 159 Lower Clapton Road E5

Little Baobab bar

The baobab is the ‘tree of life’, providing edible fruit, fibre for clothing and rope, and storage for hundreds of litres of water – the […]