Travel // East London: Bethnal Green

Touch down at Heathrow 7AM, brunch at 11AM.  We are in Bethnal Green, an up and coming, very hipster neighbourhood.  To be honest, I don’t quite know where it starts and begins, or becomes Hackney, Shoreditch, Whitechapel or Spitalfields, but either way it is an awesome location.

We are staying with our friend Nick in his flat and our first stop is Bistrotheque, which was an awesome recommendation.  Bistrotheque is almost speak-easy in the sense it is impossible to find.  It is behind a garage door with no sign.  Here are some candids of us hanging out the front.  My sister Lucy came to join us (she lives in London).  The entrance is between the two buildings.

Bethnal Green 1 IMG_0645The restaurant is gorgeous, food was great… and for London (way expensive) the pricing was usual.

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IMG_7732Next up, we wandered through the (I think named Broadway?) markets on our way to London Fields.  Apparently there is a great Aussie-run cafe,  Climpson & Sons, but Nick (he’s a Brit) failed to point it out.  I forgot to take photos for most of the afternoon, but after walking through London Fields, we stopped at Pub on the Park for a few pints and snacks.  The weather was awesome and we sat outside on the patio.

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Lucy and I were matching in stripes, by coincidence.

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We joined up with some friends and took a short walk to Playground & pRooftop (a roof-top bar as the name would suggest) which was very cute and colourful.  It’s split into two levels, with a cute rooftop bar and also food-truck style eat offerings.

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Later, we met even more friends who live in London (most of which are Aussies haha) for dinner and drinks at Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch.  I forgot to take photos, except one of the sign out the front.  Blues Kitchen is a BBQ-inspired place with live music and DJs every night.

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More blog posts of London in the near future.  Thanks for perusing!

– Lo

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