East London


How a Derelict Space in London Became a Community Garden and Cafe

Roving Cafe in Shoreditch's Nomadic Community Gardens offers salads, soup, and space for anyone who needs it.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
mental health

This Inner-City Community Garden Uses Vegetables as Therapy

St. Mary’s Secret Garden in East London offers valuable horticultural therapy for those with mental health issues. But social services funding cuts mean that the community-run space may struggle to survive.
Daisy Meager

Inside London’s First Vegan Pub

The alcohol, food, and decor—including fake leather bar stools—at The Spread Eagle are entirely animal-free.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna

Meet the Chef Bringing Grandma-Approved Pakistani Street Food to London

Numra Siddiqui scoured the food stalls of Karachi and her own family recipes in search of the ultimate bun kabab—the “desi burger” made with sweetened bread and slow-cooked beef.
Daisy Meager

London Restaurants Have Created a ‘Monster Fatberg' Under the City

“This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.”
Phoebe Hurst

These Black Bagels Are the Anti-Rainbow Bagel

London pop-up Little Ghost Bagels makes its gothic-looking bagels by adding small amounts of charcoal to the dough mix. And with Asian-inspired fillings, these dark bagels are far tastier than their Instagram-friendly counterparts.
Daisy Meager
Iranian food

How I Finally Learned to Cook Iranian Food in Time for Persian New Year

Iranians celebrate New Year—Nowruz—on the day of the vernal equinox. Remembering the Persian dishes so loved by my Iranian dad (and spurned by my proudly Turkish Cypriot mum), I asked British Iranian cook Yasmin Khan to help me to prepare a Nowruz feast.
Sirin Kale

These Grain-Obsessed Chefs Want You to Eat Rice with Everything

Nuno Mendes protégées Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves of Chinese-inspired restaurant Curio + Cabal in East London are rice crazy. “It’s just a little bouncy thing that goes with everything,” says Gonçalves.
Daisy Meager
The Last Bite

The Last Bite: Gözleme and Gungo Peas at a 19th Century Street Market

Welcome to The Last Bite, our new column documenting the survival of traditional food establishments in a ramen-slurping, matcha latte-sipping, novelty cafe-obsessed world. First, we visit London's Ridley Road Market.
Maya Oppenheim

This Bartender Is Fueling Tinder Dates with Chili Apple Martinis

“Tinder Tuesdays are what gets me through the beginning of the week,” says Tom Gibson, owner of Ruby’s bar in East London and brains behind the chili-infused vodka cocktail.
Nell Frizzell

Inside the London Wine Bar That Feels Like a Mate’s Kitchen

“People will constantly just walk into the ‘kitchen’ and chat to the chef,” says Phil Bracey of P. Franco, a casual wine bar and shop in Clapton. ”It feels like our house.”
Chloe Sachdev

Meet the London Chef Staying Up All Night to Make Perfect Texan Brisket

Inspired by his time cooking alongside Austin pitmasters, Josh Ebsworth stays awake for hours to tend to the brisket in his ten-foot, custom-build meat smoker.
Morgan Harries