5 things to do today in the East End of London – Part 3

1. Visit Forman’s Fish Island

A riverside Restaurant and Bar specialising in Forman’s world famous smoked salmon and seasonal British foods. The restaurant boasts the “best view” of the Olympic Stadium (The Times) and also a viewing gallery into the smokery.

Stour Road, Fish Island, London, E3 2NT (Hackney Wick London Overground)

2. Shopping at Westfield Stratford City

With 250 shops plus 70 places to dine, Westfield Stratford City is the largest shopping mall in Europe and the new lifestyle destination for East London.

World-class leisure facilities include Vue Cinema, one of the largest, most innovative all-digital cinemas in Europe boasting 17 all digital screens; All Star Lanes, a luxury bowling experience; and finally, the new 65,000ft Aspers Casino with its two bars and 80 seat restaurant will set a benchmark in the UK, being the first to be granted a large casino license.

Part of one of the largest urban regeneration projects ever undertaken in the UK, Westfield Stratford City also offers spectacular views of the Olympic Park.

Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, E20 1EJ (Stratford International)

3. Visit Dennis Severs House

Wander around the former house of artist Denis Severs, who created the atmosphere left behind by an imaginary 18th-century family. You will sense their presence by the things they’ve left behind and the smell of food about to be eaten.

18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX (Shoreditch High Street Underground)

4. Cocktails at Barrio East

Barrio East in Shoreditch is a neighbourhood bar serving up cocktails, cantina and a club atmosphere with a global view. Inspired by Latino flavours and cultures, come here for a feel-good party night and prepare to be taken around the world with delicious and fresh cocktails as well as a drinks list that is sourced from every corner of the globe. The music is always cutting edge and the bar is split into two separate areas, one specialising in secluded cocktails and privacy and the other in revelry and fun – the best of both worlds.

140 Shoreditch High Street, Hoxton, E1 6JE (Shoreditch High Street Underground)

5. Dinner at Tramshed

Mark Hix’s menu is simple – seasonal sharing starters, followed by chicken or steak. A mezzanine floor offers private dining for up to 36 guests with views of the restaurant and the specially commissioned artwork by Damien Hirst featuring a cow and a cockerel. Mini-Marks bar offers cocktails and bar snacks.

32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX