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Homerton / Victoria Park North

Aah, Hackney Village: leafy Lauriston Road and its surrounds would make a nice retreat from the madding crowd if everyone else didn't have the same idea. Nevermind, have a Sunday Roast at the Royal Inn on The Park. Whereas once one would only be seen in Homerton if one was going to the hospital (or going to the hospital because one was in Homerton), Chatsworth Road (just off map) is now the place du jour.


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By Jenny Wight
Feeling encumbered by free time? Join Jen Wight as she leads you on the most minuscule daytrip around! Loiter by the waterways, cycle to the beat of  mum-and-daughter horse riders, look at sheep and excessively binge-drink while making fun of foreigners. You may never take a real vacation again.


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Posted By:  Claire Storrow
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Eat 17
Not so long ago, there was a definition being bandied about by the press: "Andism." It was being applied to the likes of cafes which were also bike repair shops, and boutiques that were also bars. Well, Eat 17 is beyond Andism: it's a convenience store, burger bar, restaurant, florist, bakery, off licence, and many other things due to the ingenious housing of numerous local brands and suppliers under one roof. A bit like a farmers' market but you don't have to wait for the weekend and you can also enjoy the Art Deco-influenced dining room upstairs. It's brilliant and that's from someone who doesn't easily buy things. That's right, despite my forays into marketing (or maybe because of them), I am very hard to convince. No Jordan Belfort, I do not want your pen, I would rather carve words into my forearm with my housekey than allow a cretin like you the satisfaction of a sale. Anyway. The original Eat 17 is in Walthamstow and off the back of its success, this one opened in the summer. Oh, and the people behind it also created Bacon Jam--yes, Bacon Jam. And I guarantee you'll have an East 17 song in your head as you wander the aisles (mine was Deep) and perhaps chuckle to yourself as you remember Brian Harvey's baked potato accident. Just go.

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Dead Dolls Club
For a traditional British meal that is served up by means of a thoroughly contemporary concept, pop-up restaurants like The Stew House are the way to go. East London sees many come and go but few have managed to create the buzz that the latest creation from The Dead Dolls Club has. The simple menu sees eight different types of stew served up alongside a fine dining starter and a traditional British dessert. Every mouthful is washed down with locally brewed ales from London Fields Brewery, and innovative cocktails like the LDC. Each of their pop-up experiences take place at a different secret location in east London. The team transform the interior of venues, with the help of design duo Tinker Tailor and local artist Dan Hillier. Tables are laid out with sophisticated black table clothes and topped off with a hotch-potch of heavy candles, and bottles of pheasant feathers. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Dickensian finery, with top hats being the order of the day. The Stew House runs for short stints throughout the year and tickets sell fast. Check out their website for upcoming events.

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The Empress
The Empress, an upmarket gastropub from the same team that brought you The Gun in the Docklands and The Prince Arthur in London Fields, fits in perfectly in the yummy mummy stronghold of Lauriston Road and the 'Victoria Park Village.' Principally set up for food (though there is some seating around the bar for drinkers) its menu highlights typical gastropub fare, executed with some flair. Think pig's head (St John's anyone?), pint o' prawns (that's a prawn cocktail to you and I) and hangar steak (my personal favourite cut of meat) served rare. The focus is on ingredients rather than particularly inventive cooking, but it does work, even if the prices are rather high for a place 30 minutes walk from the nearest tube and in Hackney. Though it is 25% off food at the moment if you book online. Service is usually cheerful and swift, though the waitress' eye rolling at some of our parties' reasonable requests during our last visit was less appreciated. Luckily she made up for it by having a good grasp of the menu and well-chosen wine list. The room is pleasant, with wood, red leather, 'colonial' murals and animal heads dominating the ample space.

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