East London Eats

East London, is home to a flourishing network of great places to eat. With so many fantastic cafes, restaurants and food markets on offer in the area. We have compiled a few of our favourite spots to help ease the ever daunting… where to eat decision!

Whitecross Street Market

A short hop, skip and a jump away from Thistle City Barbican Hotel you will find Whitecross Street Market. A thriving weekday food market, great for grabbing a wholesome lunch and enjoying the market atmosphere. There is a world of choice here, you can find everything from chicken tikka roti wraps, katsu pork, vegan salad bowls, Mexican burritos and homemade English pies.

Look Mum No Hands

Look mum no hands! As the name suggests, is a bicycle workshop and cafe. Serving great coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Along with a very cheerful happy hour between 5pm – 7pm, Monday to Friday. It is a great pit stop to refuel at before or after your day of London activities.


A lively covered food market, Dinerama is a great place to head for a drink and a bite to eat. The multi level area has both outdoor spaces and cosy indoor areas. With great gin cocktails, craft beer, a wine bar, and delicious street food. It is a short walk from both Old Street Station, Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street Station.


If you’re looking for a cut of prime beef or some great chicken -look no further than Tramshed. A well renowned East London restaurant with the iconic Damien Hirst Cock ‘n’ Bull art installation. What’s more, kids eat free 4-6pm Monday to Friday.

Lantana Cafe

A casual and comfortable Australian owned cafe with an urban feel, serving arguably the best flat white in the area. Lantana Cafe is located close to Old Street roundabout, and is a less than 10 minute walk from Thistle City Barbican Hotel. If your stopping in for breakfast, we recommend trying the wild mushrooms or corn fritters.


If you’re a sports fan and looking for somewhere to watch the game, whilst enjoying some hearty food for the soul, head to our very own RE:PLAY Bar. Our selection of stacked burgers and ribs are sure to leave you satisfied. Or if you are looking for a veggie option, why not try our stacked falafel and spinach burger.