Bed and Breakfast in East London

When you are traveling in foreign countries, where you stay can make or break your trip.  If it is a rundown hotel, chances are you will not have as much fun on your vacation. Some people prefer to stay in busy hotels that are located right in the center of town and revolve around activities and tourist attractions.  Other people prefer the smaller, quieter hotels that provide calmness and relaxation after a long day of exploring the city.  When it comes to places in East London to stay in, bed and breakfast facilities are highly recommended by many people.  They are located throughout every major city and different area and it gives you the ability to choose from many options and find the best fit possible for you and your family.

Form word of mouth and reviews, the bed and breakfast called Broadley Guesthouse is one of the most popular, affordable and coziest places that you can stay at while touring east London.  It is located in a great area that allows you to walk to many attractions, restaurants and shops around town.  The train station is quick walk away as well so you can get to other areas that are not within walking distance.  The Holborn Guesthouse is up there as well on the list of best bed and breakfast places in east London.  The accommodations are adjusted specifically to your needs and no matter what, you will feel welcome and at home during your stay.  The famous St. Paul’s Cathedral is nearby as well as the Regent Park Zoo.  Both of these attractions are must sees in east London.

Bed and breakfast facilities in east London are abundant and extremely popular at the same time.  Luckily, there are plenty of them to choose from and tourists and visitors will have a great experience in any of them.  Not only do they offer great amenities, they can be much cheaper and more efficient to stay in than a ritzy hotel that is in the center of town.  You will feel more at home and comfortable being in a house that has a room prepared especially for you and your family’s needs.  Bed and breakfast in east London should be acknowledged more by tourists and others.  They will make your trip much more memorable and feel more like home with each night you stay.

Must-Visit Restaurants in East London

East London is a great place to visit because there are a lot of things to do and see. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are also a lot of great places to eat! From casual to fine dining, there’s something for everyone at the restaurants in this area. If you’re not sure where to get started, then consider the restaurants listed below. These are four places that people love and come back to time and time again!

1. The Quality Chop House

This is a fairly new restaurant, but it’s already extremely popular in the area. There are three menus written each day, and they are based on the fresh ingredients they have delivered that morning. The flavor combinations that the chefs use are unique and new, so there are a lot of dishes on the menu that can’t be found at other restaurants in East London. From the appetizer to the dessert, everything is freshly made with the best ingredients. There’s also a wine bar that has various take-away sandwiches along with specialty glasses of wine. This is a fine dining restaurant, so expect to spend more than you would at a casual spot.

Notable Menu Items (subject to change):

– Amuse buche

– Lamb

– Smoked cherries with chocolate mousse

 

2. Beigel Bake, Brick Lane Bakery

DSC06004Anyone in the mood for pastries, fresh breads or homemade bagels may want to stop by this bakery. It’s open 24/7 and constantly has people passing through the doors. Everything is made with the best ingredients so they taste fresh and delicious whether they are purchased at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m. The bagels are among the most popular menu items, but they also have braised brisket available. This is a small and old looking bakery, but it’s still serving affordable and fresh food to hungry individuals in London. Since it’s always open you can visit any time, but keep in mind certain menu items may only be available during small windows of the day.

Notable Menu Items:

– Hot salt beef beigel with mustard

– Smoked salmon and cream cheese

– Chola bread roll

 

3. Death By Burrito

The name of this sidebar restaurant (conveniently located underneath a music venue) should tell you that it’s all about burritos! What the name doesn’t tell you is that it takes a unique twist on traditional Mexican food by using ingredients like plantains, braised pig cheek and smoked beef. It’s a mix of contemporary Mexican street food and traditional flavors all tied up into amazing burritos, entrees and appetizers that you have to taste to believe. It also serves some great cocktails that are sweet and sugary, making them the perfect complements to this type of food. Everything on the menu is affordable, so it’s a great place to stop and grab a delicious bite to eat.

Notable Menu Items:

– Carne asada hanger steak and mole

– Beef short rib and sweet potato burrito

– Pulled pork and crackling burrito

 

4. Back in 5 Minutes

Located on Brick Lane, this lounge is small and has a lot to offer anyone who trusts their food to the chef. Fredrick Bolin, the Swedish chef in charge, creates a short menu every day of the week. The twist to this is that on Wednesdays, patrons don’t get to decide what to eat! They simply eat the food that they are served, which could be anything from potatoes to tuna. The highlight of this restaurant is the drink menu, which has a variety of cocktails that are sure to relax guests and excite their taste buds. Guests should book ahead of time, as there’s limited seating and it’s only opened Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Notable Menu Items (subject to change):

– Confit duck with orange braised lentils

– Smoked chicken hearts with apple and walnut slaw

– Vanilla panna cotta and red wine poached pears.

East London has a lot of restaurants that have proven themselves over the years, but there are also brand new spots opening up all over that are changing things. More people are getting the chance to experience unique dishes from chefs who want to take their cooking to the next level. These are four great restaurants to check out, but there are many others in East London that are worth your patronage as well!

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Touristic sites to see in East London

It was till some time back that East London was called glamorous West London’s poor relation. However today it has developed so much that bright young things of society prefer being seen in East London. While the past ten years have brought about remarkable changes in Shorditch and Hoxton, Brick Lane and Columbia Road has retained lots of their original atmosphere but are worth exploring.

The touristic sites to see in East London includes art house cinemas, trendy bars, modern art galleries and Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen restaurant. Here are some of the places of attraction worth a visit while in East London.

Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire was a technological wonder when built in 1901 which attracted acts from all parts of the world. While Chaplin had appeared here a few times before heading to America to gain fame and Stan Laural had perfected his act here, Marie Lloyd was the most important star to appear here before the First World War.

Famous both in the national press and public, Hackney Empire brings the old, black and white together to create a cosmopolitan audience every Christmas. There is a huge line of leading touring productions, world famous orchestras, international opera companies and top comedians and musicians lined up to perform here in coming seasons.

Rio Cinema

It was in December 1937 that the historic Rio Cinema opened here as the “Classic”. It was the mark of television in the 1950s that led to a reduction in audiences; so to restore enthusiasm, the Dalston Classic changed names to Classic Cartoon Cinema, Classic Continental Cinema to finally return to the “Classic” within a year.

However the Dalston Classic was once again re-launched as the Tatler Cinema Club in 1968 and went on to show blue movies and live strip shows to finally close down in 1976. It was finally in 1999 that it got a complete refurbishment to open as Rio Cinema with Grade II listed status.

Cinema that is often ignored by the mainstream is shown here. The annual Turkish and Kurdish film festivals, midweek Classic Matinees and the Saturday morning Children’s Picture Club all feature at the Rio.

White Cube

It was Jay Jopling who had set up White Cube Hoxton as a second, larger gallery space in 2000 in an old light industrial building of the 1920s. It houses an uninterrupted exhibition space with free admission. This “Inside the White Cube” space was launched in 2002, encompasses two floors, viewing galleries, offices, conference space and related space and dedicates a yearlong exhibition.

A wide range of artists of all mediums like Mark Quinn, Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley had showcased their talents here in solo or group exhibitions. Hoxton boasts of a strong art community and culture, various galleries, public art space, bars, restaurants and clubs. With so many abandoned warehouses having been converted into artists’ studios and the highest concentration of artists in Europe, East London is the place for art enthusiasts.

Mudchute Park & Farm

Mudchute Park & Farm spans 32 acres of farmland and is the largest city farm. It offers free admission wherein you see a variety of farm animals and an equestrian center that charges for riding.

The park arranges agricultural shows, summer play schemes and festivals throughout the year while its garden center sells a huge range of shrubs, fruit trees, bedding plants, farm grown perennials, herbs and also offers lots of helpful advice to those with green fingers.

You find a range of gifts, souvenirs and riding and pet accessories on sale in the shop here. There is a café here to relax with a hot or cold drink or snack while its education center handles an after school’s program, a young farmer’s club and also plans activities that follow the national curriculum.

Thames Barrier Park

While Daily Telegraph’s gardening correspondent Jonquil Cargill describes the Thames Barrier Park as ” a garden for the 21st century”, it took 6 years of planning and construction and an international design competition that made London’s first major 22-acre public parkland project for more than 50 years.

The park is located in Silvertown on the River Thames’s north bank and is an integral part in the continuing regeneration of the Royal Docks and Thames Gateway through its life-giving open space and complementary commercial and residential development.

The park boasts of a special Anglo-French touch in its design and construction which is the culmination of talents of professional architects, structural engineers, landscape designers and horticulturists. It is the London Development Agency that now owns, operates and maintains the park.

 

photo by: Ewan-M