Watch the sunrise over the London Wall ruins at Tower Hill.
Have an epic breakfast at E Pellicci.
Have a fresh-eyed adventure in Barking.
Check out the UK's oldest manufacturer, The Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Grab a mid-morning coffee.
Make some new friends at Hackney City Farm.
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.
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.
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.
Shop your way through Brick Lane.
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.
Have a devilishly good cocktail at Satan's Whiskers.
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.
See Hertford Union Canal under the moonlight.
See what Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to offer in the dead of night.
Follow the ghosts to Dead Man's Hole.
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.