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Pop-up superstar: Little Nan’s Cocktail Den review

Pop-up superstar: Little Nan’s Cocktail Den review

Little Nan’s Cocktail Den is an unexpected gem in East London. Located in a Shoreditch basement, this pop-up mixologist is hidden from the humming of Curtain Road, nestled under a soon-to-be smokehouse. But if you fail to notice the oversized garden gnome or the old television turned into a sign,…

The Blue Room: Lewisham’s homely dining experience

The Blue Room: Lewisham’s homely dining experience

Cats, homely mugs and family photos on the wall, but with restaurant quality food on the table. Grace Darlington visits Sonia Williams’ front room, aka, The Blue Room. While a pop up restaurant in a private home isn’t a new concept for London, it certainly is for the suburbs of…

Andina: new Peruvian restaurant with Latino spirit

Andina: new Peruvian restaurant with Latino spirit

Last Saturday, London’s first Peruvian restaurant, Andina, opened its doors. ELL headed down for brunch and a bit of  Latino spirit. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Shoreditch station, we are greeted warmly at Andina’s door and seated at a brightly tiled bar. Suspended from the ceiling above…

Forking great: Ooh-Fondue pop up restaurant launches in Hackney

Forking great: Ooh-Fondue pop up restaurant launches in Hackney

This weekend saw the debut of Ooh-Fondue, Hackney’s first pop up fondue restaurant. It has already attracted attention from the likes of Philippa Perry, wife of Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, and now they are looking to start a dating night, cheese single. And what a better excuse to…

Hackney’s Hawker House: a street feast for all the senses

Hackney’s Hawker House: a street feast for all the senses

  Meat and whisky, jazz and smoke; the sound of friends meeting and the smell of chilli will hit you long before you see it. Tucked away down a quiet street in Hackney is an industrial unit quite unlike any other. Hawker House plays host to the latest version of the…

Top notch street food with a serving of atmosphere

Top notch street food with a serving of atmosphere

  London’s pioneering night market Street Feast has a new outdoor home at Dalston Yard. The Street Food community is around for eight weeks of the summer following last year’s success at Haggerston’s Merchant Yard. Every Friday from 5pm, London’s nomadic street food circus opens with a dazzling array of street…

Finger-lickin’ African food pops up at the Arthouse

Finger-lickin’ African food pops up at the Arthouse

  Pop-up restaurants are the foodie equivalent to a limited edition designer dress – very fashionable and only available for a limited time. In London, pop-up restaurants are still going strong, as food lovers look for new flavours and exciting dining experiences. The Groundnut is a project set up by…

Young illustrators draw on life in capital for show

Young illustrators draw on life in capital for show

From still-life sketches of busy London to observational cartoons and urban portraits, the work of the artists at a new Shoreditch exhibition offers a diverse artistic view of life in the capital. illLDN is a group art show  produced and organised by three recently graduated illustrators: Olivia Odiwe, Sahara Charles…

Charity shopping in the ELL boroughs

Charity shopping in the ELL boroughs

Eastlondon Lines is your guide to budget friendly spring fashion trends as two of our journalists hit the high streets to try to find fashion in the borough’s charity shops!   Bethany: As a size 18/20, it’s not so easy to just go into a charity shop and find some…

Hunt for authentic Pakistani food in east London

Hunt for authentic Pakistani food in east London

It’s cold. It’s Thursday night.  And it’s time for some good Pakistani comfort food. Mmmm aloo ke parathay, pan-fried flatbread stuffed with potatoes, and chutney. The minute my friend and I pictured the crispy, flaky and ghee-splattered parathas, our mouths started to salivate. But the question was where to go.…

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