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Living in Bethnal Green: Where to Go & What to Do - Essential Living

Living in Bethnal Green: Where to Go & What to Do

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Home to an eclectic mix of vibrant bars, restaurants and venues, you’ll never struggle to find a stylish hangout when living in Bethnal Green. Simply wander along Paradise Row to visit the numerous pop-ups and independent breweries among the old railway arches, or around the Tube station.

If you’re thinking about living in Bethnal Green or already live right in the heart of East London, here’s our top pick of where to go.

Mother Kelly’s

Mother Kelly's - Living in Bethnal Green

Tucked inside Paradise Row’s converted railway arches, Mother Kelly’s is one of the best places for beer in the area. The New York inspired tap room stocks some of the finest craft beers from independent breweries around the world. You’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you’re looking for a classic pint or something new to try.

Visit the bar on Thursdays to Sundays to enjoy a selection of street-food from local London vendors. Otherwise, order one of their cheese and cured meat sharing boards — the perfect accompaniment to your pint.

Find at 251 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, London E2 9LE | Follow @motherkellys_e2

The Corner Room

The Corner Room - Living in Bethnal Green

Housed inside the opulent Town Hall Hotel, The Corner Room is a stylish lunch and dinner spot for those living in Bethnal Green. With its contemporary furnishings, hanging bulbs, pot plants and exposed wood floor, the little details truly matter here.

The menu beautifully complements the chic interiors with a mix of dishes loosely inspired by French cuisine. Savour seasonal small plates by chef Simon Shand, as well as home-baked pastries and charcuterie boards. The expert waiters will also be able to pair your meal to the perfect wine or cocktail.

Find at Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF | Follow @cornerroomlondon

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market - Living in Bethnal Green

When you’re living in Bethnal Green, your Sundays won’t be complete without a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market. Pop by every week to browse the abundance of beautiful blossoms and pot plants from local independent florists. Brighten up your apartment by bringing a little touch of nature inside.

The road is also lined by dozens of independent stores. Window-shop among the vintage clothes shops, art galleries, and antique homeware stores, or pick up a homemade cake or freshly baked loaf in one of the many cafés.

Find at Columbia Road, London E2 7RG | Follow @columbiaflowermarket



Renegade Wines

Renegade Wines - Living in Bethnal Green

East London urban winery, Renegade, make a selection of small batch artisanal wines. All their wines are vegan and vegetarian, lovingly created with grapes from across the UK and Europe, hand-harvested and vinified in London.

Visit their taproom and bar to sample their creations, as well as wines from a few other independent British wineries. Pick your preferred wine and enjoy a cheese platter to complement the flavours. Renegade also host an events calendar of live music, art shows and performances, offering an alternative evening for those living in Bethnal Green.

Find at Arch 12, Gales Gardens, London E2 0EJ | Follow @renegadelondonwine

Rinkoff Bakery

Rinkoff Bakery - Living in Bethnal Green

Tempt your sweet tooth at family-run Rinkoff Bakery. Established all the way back in 1911, the bakery has grown quite a reputation for baking some of the best pastries, cakes and breads in East London.

With Jewish roots, the bakery is famed for its traditional Challah breads. But, that’s not all. You can also enjoy tasty sourdough loaves, croissants, muffins and Danish pastries. Or try their very own Crodoughs™: a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.

Find at 224 Jubilee Street, London, E1 3BS | Follow @rinkoffbakery

The Larder

The Larder - Living in Bethnal Green

Neighbourhood café, deli and bakery, The Larder, offers a relaxed atmosphere every day of the week. Just around the corner from Bethnal Green Tube station, the café is the ideal pitstop for brunch or homemade cake if you’re living in Bethnal Green.

The menu features plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to suit all diets. Choose from their selection of toasties, fresh salads and hearty alternatives to the full English breakfast. Or book their all-vegetarian Afternoon Tea for a special treat. The café also has a small courtyard garden, letting you make the most of the sunnier weather.

Find at 241-243 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0JD | Follow @thelarderlondon

Oval Space

Oval Space - Living in Bethnal Green

Experience the best of London’s underground culture at Oval Space. A cult hangout in East London, the club should be high on your radar if you want to hear from the latest up-and-coming performers. The acclaimed club space has a busy calendar of DJ nights, gigs, art shows, and more.

You’ll always find something going on here which will rapidly fill up your evenings when you live nearby. Or check out their newer sister venue just around the corner, The Pickle Factory, for a more intimate musical experience.

Find at 29-31 The Oval, London E2 9DT | Follow @ovalspace

The Hive

The Hive - Living in Bethnal Green

Focusing on a menu of organic ingredients, The Hive champions healthy eating without squandering on flavour. The café’s menu is inspired by the earth with a mouth-watering selection of fresh salads, organic cheese boards, and raw desserts.

Revitalise with a detoxing cold-pressed juice or supercharge on-the-go with a coffee from an independent roastery. You can also savour their choice of organic and natural Italian wines. This is the place to head to for a truly holistic dining experience.

Find at 288 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA | Follow @thehivee2


Sager + Wilde - Living in Bethnal Green

Savour the flavours of Italy at SAGER + WILDE. The restaurant serves an array of delectable cuisine inspired by classic dishes from Italia. Expect creamy pastas galore, alongside charcuterie and cheese sharing boards, the latter provided by Neal’s Yard Dairy.

Set among Paradise Row’s railway arches, the restaurant is a true gem of the area. Step inside for industrial design meets chic simplicity. The atmospheric bar area includes rows upon rows of wine, so you’re sure to find the perfect accompaniment for your meal. Or dine alfresco with a cocktail in the outdoor terrace.

Find at Arch 250 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE | Follow @sagerandwilde


Coupette - Living in Bethnal Green

The ideal venue for date night or cocktails with friends, Coupette should be on the top of your list. The stylish bar offers all the mystery of a speakeasy, nestled just around the corner from Bethnal Green Tube station. The exposed brick walls, leather furnishings, and dark wood bar all add to the sleek atmosphere.

The bar’s expert mixologists will be able to create a cocktail to suit your taste buds. Or pick from their rotating menu of new experimental creations. Whether you like your drink sweet, sour, spicy or anything in between, Coupette serve cocktails with an artistic flourish.

Find at 423 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN | Follow @coupettelondon



Living in Bethnal Green

From trendy bars to cosy brunch spots, Bethnal Green really does have it all. For even more places to visit in Bethnal Green, download our free guide to the area. Be sure to let us know @EssLiving if we’ve missed your favourite haunt off our list.

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