Hidden Gems in East London

East London is home to some of the capital’s best museums, markets, eateries and green spaces. It’s a vibrant and bustling area full of things to see and do. I’ve collaborated with the app, Pingle for my second inspiration post on things to do in London. Pingle helps you discover activities not just in London but other cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Here are a few of my favourite East London spots:


All things Portuguese at this cosy, home-style cafe and deli with the best pastel de nata in London!

Address: 326 Hackney Road, London E2 7AX @aportugueseloveaffair


The second outpost for plant specialist, Conservatory Archives has opened up a new space with a cafe corner serving herbal teas and Japanese cheesecakes. Offering a curated mix of plants from succulents to palms, you’ll feel like you’ve entered an urban jungle right in the middle of Hackney Central.

Address: 3-7 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NS @conservatory_archives


Somewhat of an institution, this no-frills cafe has been serving fry ups and Italian dishes since the 1900s. Entering the doors of this place is like stepping back in time with its art deco interiors and vintage retro Formica tables.

Must order: Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Address: 332 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG


This unassuming cafe from the front has a bright, airy greenhouse vibe in the back. With high ceilings, chill tunes and hanging plants, it’s the ideal spot to sit back and relax with a book or to work from.

Must order: Salt beef sandwich

Address: 503 Hackney Road, London E2 9ED @hackneycoffeeco


Run by husband and wife duo Vahome and Venetia, this shop + cafe serves wholesome homemade bites and sells handcrafted artisanal goods. They are super friendly and will tell you the stories behind each product, from handcrafted ceramics to handwoven baskets from Kenya.

Must order: Spiced African chai – so addictive!

Address: 138 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6DG @ufundi.co

If you’re keen to find some people to check out my suggestions with, download the Pingle app and invite others along to join you!