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We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you find the best cheap eats to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check out their London picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in London.

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Gunpowder

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Gunpowder is a simply designed little place near Spitalfields Market serving delicious and inventive takes on Indian food. Your spicy rasam soup, for example, comes in a shot glass, your keema mince is packed into an incredible little crunchy ‘doughnut’, and their tandoori lamb chops are among the best in the whole of London.

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Brat

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Brat is the Shoreditch restaurant that every Shoreditch restaurant has tried to be. It reeks of cool. It also reeks of smoke because everything here, from beef chops and whole turbot, to vegetables and some of London’s best bread, is cooked over open flames. It’s a place that you want to talk in, be a little bit loud in, pass-the-wine-down-this-end-of-the-table in.

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Smokestak is a barbecue specialist in Shoreditch that does pretty much everything well, from roasted aubergine and charred greens to the brisket bun, which is the best hunk of meat between bread you can get in London for under a tenner.

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Smokestak

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Most of the menu at Burro e Salvia, a tiny Italian spot in Shoreditch, changes daily, but their signature pasta – the beef, pork and spinach stuffed agnolotti – is always excellent.

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Burro e Salvio

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Hidden away behind a gate in a quiet square a few minutes away from Shoreditch High Street, Rochelle serves an impeccable menu of British food from the refurbished canteen of an old primary school.

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Rochelle Canteen

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There’s a permanent queue outside Beigel Bake, a 24/7 grab and go on Brick Lane, but it moves fast. Whether you go night or day, you should absolutely get both the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, and a hot salt beef.

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Beigel Bake

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DRINK by The Infatuation

Happiness Forgets

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A lot of Shoreditch bars go for some kind of theme, but Happiness Forgets is a place that just focuses on the fundamentals, and it works every time. The cocktails are always on point, your table service will be friendly, and the ambience is perfect for holing up with a date or friends for a few hours.

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Well and Bucket

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The Well & Bucket is a retro pub on Bethnal Green Road that combines the best things about a pub and a bumping Shoreditch bar under one roof. The beer selection is outstanding, there’s a garden at the back, and there’s always space for a crew.

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Bottles is a dark and woody wine bar with plenty of options for all budgets, and servers who are more than capable of pointing you towards something to drink while you watch Old Spitalfields Market go about its business.

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Bottles

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To those in the know, Passionevino is more than a picturesque Shoreditch wine shop. It’s also somewhere where you can push open a hidden door, climb a rickety staircase up to a sort of 1920s living room, and drink some of the best Italian wines you’ll find in London.

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Passionevino

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The old Discount Suit Company lettering on the side of a Wentworth Street building is the only sign that you’re in the right place when you’re looking for the otherwise unmarked flight of stairs that lead to this kind of serious basement cocktail bar.

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Discount Suit Company

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The bar underneath the original Hawksmoor steakhouse in Spitalfields is a cool, dark room serving some of the best cocktails in the area. It’s perfect for a date or a classy start to a night of drinking.

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Bar at Hawksmoor

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Workshop Coffee

Sourcing, roasting and brewing the most flavorful coffee around, Workshop oversees every step of the process from bean to latté. At their four locations, you can also learn how to brew delicious coffee, with classes offered in home brewing and espresso making.

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Grind

A group of six stellar café-bars across the U.K., Grind serves Shoreditch-roasted coffee in the morning, and famous Espresso Martinis at night. The Shoreditch location also has a recording studio that has seen the likes of FKA Twigs and Sam Smith.

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An East London favorite, enjoy a hearty breakfast canal-side at The Towpath Café.

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The Towpath Café

Enjoy brunch from above – Duck & Waffle serves playful British dishes 24/7, 40-floors up.

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Duck + Waffle

Grab a delicious-as-ethical cup to-go or stay and work, part of Origin’s profits help the communities they employ.

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Origin

An incarnation of the magazine we know and love for content and aesthetic, The Monocle Café is worth loving for the same reasons.

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The Monocle Café

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Labour & Wait

In the heart of East London’s market district, Labour & Wait offers utilitarian knick knacks and quality wares at their timeless corner shop, clad in green brick.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

If we could spend all day doing only two things in London, it would be Columbia Road in the morning, Renegade Craft in the afternoon. Located close to the Fair in East London, grab armfuls of crisp flowers and fresh greenery at their Sunday market.

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Since 1875, Liberty London has been a trove of global and local treasures.

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Liberty London

Béton Brut is a modern design concept store hosting avant-garde architects and artists, from Tappan Collective to Gavin Turk.

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Béton Brut

Built from shipping containers, Boxpark Shoreditch is a pop-up haven of independent designers and global shops as well as cafés and bars.

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Boxpark Shoreditch

Minimal but in an exciting way, find your new pair of go-to trousers while shopping independent and emerging brands.

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The Croc Bowling Alley

Tucked in the Ham Yard Hotel, slip on a pair of vintage bowling shoes and grab a backlit ball at The Croc Bowling Alley–a private event venue sure to up your game. The eclectic alley also includes the ‘Dive Bar,’ so you can celebrate strikes and gutterballs alike.

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Kew Gardens

Hoping to create a “world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved,” Kew Gardens is home to the largest and most diverse mycological collection in the world. Iconic glasshouses are scattered about the 132 hectares of botanical beauty, all with their own ecosystems and events.

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Boasting the world’s most extensive antique selection, Portobello Road hosts over 1,000 open-air vendors every Saturday.

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Portobello Road

St. Dunstan in the East was built in 1100 and largely destroyed in the second world war. Now, it serves as a public garden and a testament to regrowth and endurance.

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St. Dunstan in the East

Spend the day wandering the Tate’s extensive collection. Currently on view and worth seeing: Martin Parr’s classic series, The Last Resort 23.

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Tate Modern

Part art gallery, part movie theatre, part performance centre, the Barbican is London’s go-to cultural hub. Expect avant garde installations, performance art, and current and classic movies.

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The Barbican Centre