A Day in East London in 3 Eats

Spending a day in Shoreditch? Check out my 3 new fave places to eat in East London whether working, looking for the perfect tea room or a cool new secret place to dine come nightfall.

Forge & Co cheese burger

1 – The Working Lunch Venue:
Forge & Co.

Whether setting up a working lunch meeting or just needing to shoot a few emails, Forge & Co is your new go-to place for when you’re wandering around East London and get caught short for an office. Forget 2 year waiting lists and hefty membership costs at nearby Shoreditch House, just make a booking, meet your guest and make things happen. Just make sure you book over lunchtime so you can get your mits on that hefty burger.

Forge & Co. Canteen is open 8:30 – 23:30. Located here.

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2 – The Afternoon Tea Room:
Hawkhurst Vault

You know Hawkhurst Vault is going to be your fave new hangout the minute you walk in. Handsome dandies behind the bar, cheeky tea-themed typographic posters on the walls (they change up the artwork to showcase different artists) and chunky cakes on the counter by the charming Victoria Yum are pretty sure signs.

Then there’s the main event: The Tea. Pick from the exotic 17-option loose leaf tea menu and the boys will ceremoniously dish out your leaves, telling you the story behind each one. I chose a leaf picked in the year of my birth. Now tea don’t get much cooler than that!

Hawkhurst Vault is open every day 8:00 – 20:00. Located here.

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3 – The Dinner Date Venue
Back in 5 Minutes

If you’re after something a little different come dinner time then look no further than Back in 5 Minutes. It’s secretly tucked at the back of a cool clothes shop at the top of Brick Lane, barely a stones throw away from Hawkhurst Vault. You don’t even have to book, just stroll in with confidence and take a seat behind the velvet curtain…

Being a simple salad or burger kinda gal, this fine culinary experience was a very exciting adventure for my palette. Go for the tasting menu where you’ll be treated to the delicious dishes of the day. Whether seared scallops or succulent duck, it’s all seasonal and sublime. Naturally, I highly recommend you sample a different cocktail between each course (the Black Russian and truffles with your panna cotta to finish.) Make like I did; get cosy and gossip the evening away, speakeasy-style, for no one will ever know where you’ve been and what delights you’ve indulged in!

Back in 5 Minutes is part of Disappearing Dining Club. Open Wednesday – Saturday from 6:30. Located here.

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  • winnie July 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    That burger looks so delicious. Definitely need to pop by some of these recommendations at some point!

  • Matthew Pike July 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I’ve heard Forge & Co mentioned a few times now but this is the first time I’ve seen photos. Keen! They have Meantime Brewery too, perfect!

    Buckets & Spades

  • Victoria July 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    The food looks so yummy!