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April 17, 20194 MinutesBy Alby Thompson

In some ways the real heart of London.

Once a poor area, the east end is now an interesting mix both culturally and in a physical sense.

We love a Saturday jaunt over to Hackney beginning at Broadway Market, once part of the old “Porters Path” and used since Roman Times. Delicious food, freshly prepared by street vendors sets the senses on fire as you enter the street. Designers, makers and crafts people selling their wares, all passionate about what they do and happy to chat to customers. At the top end of the market you will find a long queue of people outside Fin and Flounder fishmongers all waiting for fresh oysters to be shucked to order, all opened with ease by the expert and great to watch.

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If it’s a good coffee and breakfast you’re after both La Bouche and El Ganso never fail to deliver.

A short walk around the corner will bring you to the less crowded Netil Market which feels likes a small community of like-minded sellers and foodies. Just further on nestled under the arches is YEAST Bakery, which is only open to the public on Saturdays for coffee and the most amazing pastries, their speciality being brioche buns which are heavenly.

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At the bottom end of Broadway is Regents Canal which is a wonderful walk on a sunny day, eventually leading to Victoria Park which is well worth a visit with its vast open space and boating lake.

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Another find is Mare st Market which houses an open kitchen, restaurant, bar, vinyl record store, florist, coffee shop, wine merchant and a couple of other pop-ups. Buzzing with activity both day and night this is a great social space and venue. Good food and drinks and DJ’s playing cool tunes. In the evening it’s worth walking along to Diddy’s Bar for the best Amaretto sours and toasted sandwiches. The First Tuesday Society nestles in a black fronted building just further around the corner and serves Absynthe the traditional way and great cocktails set a museum of taxidermy, which is what it used to be. The owners are fun, staff and service excellent and the vibe is that of a secret club.

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So… head east for something a little different and explore this melting pot of creativity social hang outs.

Alby