• Indian & Asian food


    Indian, Asian - €€-€€€ - 1 mile from Mama

    In a setting decorated with vintage furniture and old artwork, taste incredible farsi fare, whether it be the most simple of dishes or a Maharajas' favorite, like Lamb Raan, marinated in garlic, ginger and spices, before slow-cooking for 24 hours.
    7 Boundary Street, Hackney, E2 7JE London - +44 20 7420 9320

    Don’t miss the “Permit Room”, a sumptuous bar, where you can enjoy cocktails typical of the pre-independence era, such as the Bombay President Punch.

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    Typical food

    The Princess of Shoreditch

    Bar, European - €€-€€€ - 1,2 miles from Mama

    Foodies of the neighborhood swear by this place.
    76-78 Paul Street, Hackney, EC2A 4NE - +44 20 7729 9270

    We loved the fishcake served with a poached egg, the truffle oil macaroni and cheese and the mythical sticky toffee pudding. The meal is served in a dining room on the first floor, which has the air of a typical English house: white tablecloths, family portraits and a cozy fireplace.

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    Iconic breakfast

    The Breakfast Club

    American, European, British - €€-€€€ - 1 mile from Mama

    Only steps away from Hoxton square, the Breakfast Club has become an iconic brunch venue.
    2-4 Rufus Street, Hoxton, N1 6PE - +44 20 7434 2571

    Settle down at one of the large communal tables to feast on a memorable breakfast (the pancakes are to die for). Avoid queuing by arriving early, if you can.

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    British tradition

    The Clove Club

    European, British, Veggie - €€€€ - 0.9 mile from Mama

    Scotsman Isaac McHale has given Shoreditch its first Michelin star thanks to his restaurant, nestled in the old Town Hall.
    380 Old Street, Hackney, EC1V 9LT - +44 20 7729 6496

    His cuisine combines British tradition with Scandinavian accents. Take a seat at one of the blond-wood tables, in a luminous space, with a blue tiled open kitchen. This talented chef treats his customers to Cornish stripe, zucchini and Indian-spiced butter or grilled chanterelles and Wiltshire truffles.

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    For cocktail lovers

    TT Liquor

    Cocktail Bar - €€ - 0.9 miles from Mama

    A place that seems to have been pulled straight out of an Anne Perry novel. Walk in and find a mysterious bookcase full of spirits, before entering a true temple of cocktails, nestled in a huge Victorian edifice that used to be a police station.
    17B Kingsland Road, Hackney, E2 8AA - +44 20 3131 5337

    Depending on your mood, either move from one lounge to another, tasting the night’s specials, or opt for the cocktail journey, a voyage through the four key periods in the history of cocktails, complemented by a tasting. In the other rooms of this labyrinth, find regularly-scheduled masterclasses, tastings as well as screenings that unite TTLiquor’s two passions: cocktails and cinematography.

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    For wine lovers

    Sager + Wilde

    Bar, European, British - €€-€€€ - 0.5 miles from Mama

    This design-led bar with its suspended pendant lamps is Michel Sager and Charlotte Wilde's baby. Convinced that London lacked proper wine bars, they decided to set up shop near Columbia Road.
    193 Hackney Road, E2 8JL - +44 20 7613 0478

    A diverse wine selection includes 500 labels from all around the world. We loved the remarkable French wines as well as the ones from Tasmania, Slovenia and Spain. These wines are made to be enjoyed with a cheese and cured meats board or melted cheddar toasts with caramelized onions.

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    Unique cocktails

    Satan's Whiskers

    Bar - €€-€€€ - 0.4 miles from Mama

    A bar whose spirit is unique in London. Its character is defined by the interior design: taxidermy strikes first, followed by the exposed brick poster-filled walls and finally by the hip-hop music that adds a relaxed vibe.
    343 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9RA - +44 20 7739 8362

    In fact, the playlist is a defining element of the experience at Satan’s Whiskers, along with the great service. As for the cocktail menu, it changes every day, so you’re in for a surprise each time you pop by!

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  • For art lovers


    Art and design - 1.5 miles from Mama

    This gallery really is a pioneer in its field as it opened its doors in 1901 with a profoundly humanist purpose: to bring art to this then-abandoned neighborhood.
    77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX - +44 (0)20 7522 7888

    It was chosen to exhibit Picasso’s Guernica in 1939 for its sole stop in London and, since then, has hosted prestigious artists, from Pollock to Rothko. Today, the Whitechapel Gallery remains a vital stop for contemporary art lovers.

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    For shopping lovers


    From shopping to a café - 1 mile from Mama

    Created by designer Shan Clarkson, Pitfield is a well-stocked yet carefully curated concept store that offers a plethora of kitchen utensils, 100% British-made ceramics, vintage lamps and furniture, classic and contemporary armchairs, wallpaper, stationery and flower arrangements.
    1-35 Pitfield Street, N1 6HB - +44 20 7490 6852

    Regulars come by all day long to enjoy freshly ground coffee or even homemade lasagna served on the long communal tables. Don’t miss this beautiful space where renowned artists, such as Jade Jagger or Nathalie Gibson, regularly exhibit their latest pieces.

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    African art


    Photography – 1 mile from Mama

    Home to a large African and Caribbean community for more than half a century, London has become the epicenter of the African art market. This gallery is proof of the city’s cosmopolitan nature.
    Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA - +44 20 7729 9200

    Located in a striking building designed by Tanzanian architect David Adjaya, Autograph, with its exhibit space of 1500 m2, has been honoring cultural diversity for more than 30 years, with thoughtfully curated exhibitions. Last spring, it was the Anglo-Kenyan artist Phoebe Boswell’s photographs that were lauded. We equally enjoyed those of Anglo-Liberian photographer Lina Iris Viktor, who spotlights an Africa that has been robbed of its natural resources.

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    For creative people

    The Oval Space

    Art center and creative hub – 0.2 mile from Mama

    This former storage facility has become the place to be thanks to its eclectic program. The space gives DJs like Jazzie Jeff carte blanche and regularly hosts events like Hip Hop vs R&B or themed events, such as the Bruce Springsteen party that became the town’s hot ticket.
    29/32 The Oval - +44 20 7183 4422

    A venue dedicated to exhibitions and performances, The Oval is also home to The Pickle Factory, an intimate club reserved for young talent. Last but not least, this venue has a breathtaking view of the capital from its two sumptuous terraces, which make for the ideal summer night out.

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  • For flower lovers

    Columbia Road Flower Market

    A floral oasis– 0.4 mile from Mama

    One of the city’s most beautiful markets, and also one of the busiest! Every Sunday, expect throngs of tourists and locals, each looking for flowers, shrubs, bulbs and houseplants.
    Columbia Road Flower Market, E2 7RG - http://www.columbiaroad.info

    Since the late 19th century, green-fingered visitors have flocked to Columbia Road for their treasures, before hanging out at the nearby food stalls and cafés. Pro tip: swing by toward closing time if you want to buy some flowers at a bargain price.

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    Street mood

    Broadway Market

    Victorian street market – 0.5 mile from Mama

    Situated between London Fields Park and Regent's canal, Broadway Market is one of the coolest in the capital. Every Saturday, make your way through the bargain hunters and the strolling families who come here to find vintage furniture at The Dog & Wardrobe, treasures at Artwords Bookshop or armfuls of flowers from Off Broadway.
    Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4PH - https://broadwaymarket.co.uk

    Find foodies indulging in street food in the park, next to casual cricket and chess players. Don’t miss out on the kookoos (small veggie patties covered in saffron yogurt) from Zardoshi, the Macbeth from Deeney’s (a Scottish version of a croque-monsieur with cheddar and haggis), organic jams from Newton & Pott , Broadway Fishbar’s fish and chips or the coffee at Climpson & Sons.

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    The spot to be

    Victoria Park

    A break in the city - 0.7 mile from Mama

    Also known as the "People's Park," Victoria Park is one of Londoners' favorite spots. It is the oldest public park in the capital and certainly amongst the largest, at 86 hectares, located entirely in Tower Hamlets.
    Grove Rd, E3 5TB - https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

    In the summer, expect to find hordes of festival goers walking to Lovebox or Field Day. Year- round, grab a bite at the Pavilion Café, visit the gardens landscaped by architect Sir James Pennethorne or rent a boat on the pond.

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  • Some relaxation needs


    Massage & aromatherapy - 0.1 mile from Mama

    A calm oasis of well-being.
    The Gossamer City Project, 20 Gossamer Gardens, The Oval, London E2 9FN - +44 20 4511 3384

    Masaj aims to relieve stress with a range of treatments, from facials to full body massages, including for mamas-to-be too.

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    For jazz addict

    Rough Trade East

    Music & Coffee shop - 1.1 miles from de Mama

    You’ll find a large selection of jazz.
    Old Truman Brewery 91, Brick Ln, London E1 6QL - +44 20 7392 7788

    The best of the 80s/90s and gems by The Strokes or The Smiths here.

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    Old-fashioned style

    F Cooke Hoxston

    Old-fashioned food with soul - 0.9 mile from Mama

    For three generations, the same family has served up traditional eel-based meals here.
    150 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH - +44 20 7729 7718

    Today, Bob Cooke is the one that prepares the famous fish doused in malt vinegar.

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    For shopping addicts

    The Box

    Private sales - 1.2 miles from Mama

    A vital stop for savvy shoppers
    4–6 Ram Place London E9 6LT - +44 (0)20 8533 2997

    that roam Hackney in search of statement and cult pieces.

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