5 things to do today in the East End of London – Part 1

1. Breakfast at St John Bread and Wine

Bread & Wine opened in 2003 as a new home for our bakery and a more informal manner of dining than the first St. John Restaurant in Smithfield. Breakfast and lunch are served seven days a week and supper from Monday to Saturday. The menu, celebrating indigenous, seasonal ingredients changes as the day rolls on and diners can either order a three course meal or share a number of dishes from the courses on offer. As well as selling goods to take home from our bakery, wines by the bottle or the case can be bought from our lists to take home with some delivery available. Bread & Wine has been voted Best British Restaurant by the Evening Standard and named as best value restaurant by The Observer Food Monthly.

94-96 Commercial Street, Shadwell, E1 6LZ (Liverpool Street Underground)

2. Enjoy the Alternative London Street Art Tour and Workshop

Fancy yourself as the next Banksy? Or just want to learn how to create a piece of spray can art in a safe, relaxed and fun environment? Then join us for a street art tour and workshop!

One of our expert street artist guides will take you on a street art walking tour of East London where you’ll see some of the world’s finest street art by Banksy, ROA, Shepherd Fairy, Jimmy C, Invader, Stik and many, many more. Then, after a refreshment break, it’s back to the Alternative London workshop to try it for yourself!

All welcome regardless of artistic ability as the Alternative London team will teach you all you need to know to help you to create a masterpiece to take away with you.

The Alternative London Bus, EC2A 3DT

3. Have lunch at The English Restaurant

This hidden gem offers simple integrity, in never purchasing ready-made, in cooking always and only from fresh ingredients, and in rediscovering the noble and rich traditions of the English kitchen. The English Restaurant is the product of over 10 years’ work by couple Kay and Peter Sinden; what was formerly The Market Coffee House has evolved into a high class, quintessentially British restaurant.

52 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AG

4. Tour the Museum of London Docklands

Discover the 2,000-year history of the docks in East London at the Museum of London Docklands. Themed galleries tell of pirates, sailors and slavery. There’s even a life-sized recreation of Wapping High Street as it would have been 200 years ago during the time of Jack the Ripper.

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN (Westferry/West India Quay DLR)

5. Dinner and drinks at The Dove Freehouse & Kitchen

The Dove Freehouse & Kitchen is a popular gastro pub with dark wooden floors, candles and a dining room. They serve a wide range of continental beers.

24-26 Broadway Market, Dalston, E8 4QJ (London Fields rail station)