Do you think you’ve seen all there is to see in East London? You’ve seen the hipsters in Shoreditch, eaten bagels in Brick Lane, gazed at quirky art in Whitechapel Gallery, and maybe even ventured out to Dalston to listen to some live music. But the East End doesn’t end there – it’s where it begins. If you want to broaden your cultural horizons and beat the queues then check out this list of local and affordable places in East London.
This café in Walthamstow uses local, organic and fairly traded food to create delicious vegetarian meals. The chefs use fresh fruit and veg from Organiclea workers co-operative, who have a growing site in Chingford, and the same produce is also available to buy at the Saturday market stall. The cafe also offers home-baked bread from the Fementarium, Blackhorse Workshops and they also bake sourdough in-house. Some of the best include pan au levain and rye sourdough. It is also involved in many local projects that focus on conserving resources and helping people live more sustainably. It seeks to encourage sustainable living and is encouraging the community to live and operate ethically. The cafe has a zero-waste policy and is currently aiming to reduce their energy and water footprint. The dishes in the cafe generally cost £3 to £6 and are created using seasonal produce so the menu changes daily.
The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe St, London, UK, +44 20 8558 6880
If you have been to Whitechapel then you must have come across this old-school local cinema. It has been recently renovated by a team that designs film sets for a living. The atmosphere is relaxed and eclectic and you will find older locals enjoying their coffees alongside creative professionals whizzing away on their laptops. The cinema has three screens with Screen 1 being the biggest. Screen 5 is more of of a boutique screening room with armchairs and a cosy atmosphere. Apart from an amazing interior, the ticket prices are another reason to visit. To top it all off, there is an excellent Bar Paragon upstairs selling great cocktails and a small pie and mash kiosk. The cinema hosts numerous events such as ‘Genesis Poetry Slam’, ‘S4 Film Club’ and ‘The Good, the Bad, the Unseen’.
Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London, UK, +44 207 780 2000