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Here's How To Spend 24 Hours In East London

Sunrise to sunrise.

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Have an epic breakfast at E Pellicci.

This legendary café in Bethnal Green has been in business since 1900, with decor dating back to 1940. You can grab a full English from the Grade II listed site from 7am.

Alternative: Hoi Palloi in Shoreditch is another scrumptious spot for an early bird breakfast with all the fixings.

Have a fresh-eyed adventure in Barking.

Once you've wrapped up your breakfast, hop in the train to Barking, where you'll find some fresh air and some new sights. You can explore the medeval ruins of Barking Abbey, or tour the legendary Eastbury Manor, where it's said that the Gunpowder Plot was first devised.

Alternative: Get some fresh air in Victoria Park, or use-up some of that big breakfast energy at the outdoor gym in Mile End Park North.


Check out the UK's oldest manufacturer, The Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

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This staple of East London history opened its doors in 1570 and has been producing bells ever since. Since it opened, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has produced such famous bells as the American Liberty Bell, the Great Bell of Montreal, and the one and only BIG BEN, and is an unmissable stop for Londoners and tourists alike.

Alternative: Go on your own self-guided Jack the Ripper walking tour with this handy app.

Grab a mid-morning coffee.

Head to Broadway market to hunt down a splendid morning brew. Check out Climpson & Sons for a serious craft coffee. If you'd prefer a proper cup of teas, the Tiosk is the place for you.

Alternative: Check out the fabulous All You Read is Love café in Leytonstone for a cuppa coupled with a nice book.


Make some new friends at Hackney City Farm.

Get a real slice of the country with a visit to the ever delightful Hackney City Farm. The farm is home to goats, sheep, chickens and donkeys, and also smaller animals including rabbits and guinea pigs. Get to know the animals and pick up some eggs and honey sourced right on sight.

Alternative: See the sights on a midmorning walk through Bethnal Green or Stepney. Find routes here.

Stuff your face at Mr Buckley's.

Treat yourself to lunch at the scrumptious and locally sourced Mr Buckley's in Hackney. Whether you're in the mood for a killer burger, tasty salad, or something more unique, the East London establishment is sure to provide.

Alternative: Opt for street food with a visit to Spitalfields Market or head back to Broadway Market. With an ever changing rotation of vendors, you're sure to find something fresh and unique.


Check out the charming Geffrye Museum.

The captivating exhibitions at the Geffrye are made up of home interiors from throughout the centuries. Passing from room to room feels like a magical journey through time and isn't to be missed. It's a special treat to go during the Christmas seasons, when rooms are dolled up with holiday decor.

Alternative: Cruise through street art galleries some of London's best street art galleries: Shoreditch's Howard Griffin Gallery or Old Street's Pure Evil.

Spend a bewitching hour at Abney Park Cemetery.

Spook yourself out at the otherwordly Abney Park Cemetery at the top of Kingsland Road. The nature reserve is home to nearly 200,000 graves, including several notable figures in Britain's anti-slavery movement. It's also super creepy and bizarrely beautiful.

Alternative: Check out Bethnal Green's nostalgic and fascinating Museum of Childhood.


Take a tea break at Tina We Salute You.

Pop over to East Village for a hot drink and fresh snack at the trendy Tina We Salute You. Opened this year, the Olympic Park haunt follows the success of North London's original Tina We Salute You.

Alternative: Have a canal-side coffee at the delightful Counter Café in Hackney.

Shop your way through Brick Lane.

For quirky and vintage shopping, there's no better place than Brick Lane. The famous street is lines with plenty of high-end and second-hand shops, perfect for picking up a unique new accent piece for your favourite outfit or finding a whole new outfit altogether. If you're not one for clothes, there's plenty of record and bookshops to keep you busy.

Alternative: Check out the literary graves at Bunhill Fields.


See what the docklands have to offer.

Have a stroll along the Thames and explore the unique atmosphere of Canary Wharf and Tower Hamlet's docks. Explore the incredible Museum of London Docklands to learn about the area's Roman history, or simply find a canal-side café to sit and enjoy the view.

Alternative: Browse the stellar collection at the independent Pages of Hackney bookshop.

Kill some time at Ziferblat.

This lovely little Shoreditch establishment is the perfect place to while away an hour. At Ziferblat, you don't pay for treats or services. Instead, you pay for time spent inside, giving you full access to coffee, biscuits, books, board games, and even a few instruments. At 5p per minute, a full hour only costs £3, and a break on the cosy couches after a long day's exploring is more than worth it.

Alternative: Admire the historical architecture of St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch. You can arrange a tour of the crypts in advance.


Play ping pong with a pint at The Book Club.

The trendy and cosy Book Club bar in Shoreditch is a great spot to pop by before it gets crowded later on in the evening. A restaurant by day and bar by night, The Book Club is a great place to grab a pre-dinner drink and burn off some energy before you tuck in to dinner.

Alternative: Settle in for a more laid back beer at the Jackdaw & Star in Homerton.

Tuck in to dinner at the Bargehouse.

Foodies can't miss the incredible menu and lovely canal view at the Bargehouse in Haggerston. The Bargehouse's ever-changing, locally sourced menu never fails to be delicious and on point for the season, and they know how to do comfort food right.

Alternative: Dig in at Beagle in Hoxton, and ask for generous duck fat chips.


Have a devilishly good cocktail at Satan's Whiskers.

If you like a seriously good drink with no frills, Satan's Whiskers is a bucket-list must. This Bethnal Green hole in the wall may not look like much on the outside, but their incredible cocktails have been making waves on the London night-life scene for years.

Spice it up with a drink at the authentic Cuban bar, Escudo De Cuba.

Strike out at All Star Lanes.

Challenge your mates to a little round of pre-drinking and bowling at All Star in Brick Lane, where you can hire a bowling lane for £8.95 a person and have a friendly competition as you rear up to get out for the night. Their cocktails and munchies aren't bad either if you're feeling like you could use some liquid luck or energy on the lanes.

Alternative: Try your luck getting an end of the night table at Draught's Board Game Café. A £5 cover gives you access to a huge library of classic and obscure games, and there's a decent bar to boot.


Get into some late night mischief at Dalston Superstore.

If you're looking for a really unique night out, this is it. The eclectic and playful atmosphere of this café bye day/gay bar by night is is bound to make you memories (or make you lose some). With great sets and a range of themed nights, you never know what to expect, so adventure is built right in.

Alternative: Have a classy late-night drink the speakeasy-style cocktail bar, Nightjar.

Grab a late night snack at Beigel Bake.

You haven't really lived until you've had a salty, hot, delicious post-drinking bagel sandwich at Beigel Bake on Brick Lane. Open 24/7, this absolute staple of East London night life and foodie culture is just what the doctor ordered to get you through the night.

Alternative: Sate your junk food craving at Hoxton's open-late American diner, The Love Shake.


See Hertford Union Canal under the moonlight.

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Take a peaceful night tour along the edge of Hackney's Hertford Union Canal. It might not be light enough for a great Instagram shot, but it's sure to clear your mind and leave you alone with your thoughts and some fresh air.

Alternative: Head back to the party at Old Street's notorious late night club, 333 Mother, or on a weekend check out the classier Club Aquarium.

See what Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to offer in the dead of night.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is open 24 hours a day, so even at an odd hour like 2am, you've got a go-to place to explore. What's on offer to see at this hour varies throughout the year, but the fresh air and stunning city views beat any dark nightclub.

Alternative: Take a walking tour of the East End's most unique and historical places by night with the help of the Tales and Tours app.


Follow the ghosts to Dead Man's Hole.

Continue on a spooky late-night London excursion with a riverside walk to Dead Man's Hole, where corpses from the Tower of London's Traitor's Gate often washed up. Regardless of its seedy history, you'll find the view from beneath the Tower Bridge's arches quite lovely.

If it's a weekend, check out the end of the disco night at Horse and Groom in Shoreditch, which stays open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Find a fresh catch at Billingsgate fish market.

Start a new day with a fascinating browse through the UK's largest inland fish market. The market spans 13 acres and hosts 90 stalls and 30 full shops, so you're guaranteed to find a new and interesting delicacy from the deep. Open from 4am to 9:30am, Billingsgate Fish Market is one of East London's first signs of life for the new day, and you'd have to see the hustle and bustle yourself to believe it.

Alternative: If you can't handle the fish, entertain yourself at Hackney's Tesco Superstore. It might sound bland, but you'd be surprised what kind of mischief you can get up to in a grocery store.

Watch the sunrise over breakfast at Duck and Waffle in Heron Tower.

Open 24 hours, Heron Tower's Duck and Waffle is the perfect place to celebrate a long day well spent. With a spectacular high rise lookout over the whole city, you'll have the chance to see what you've been exploring on foot from above. Treat yourself to an indulgent breakfast and don't skip on the coffee, you've earned it.

If you feel like the view from Heron Tower might give you vertigo, have a more grounded breakfast at the 24-hour Polo Bar in Bishopsgate.