Now that Jules and Ben of London on the Inside have filled us in on some of the best hangouts in the East end, it’s time to discover some more respectable locations. Still quirky, mind, but more the sort you could tell your mother you’d been to. Eliza Cubitt runs the eclectic London blog This Strange City, and has chosen five places she can highly recommend. Ashleigh Arnott
St Leonard’s Shoreditch: The Actors’ Church
This dilapidated but beautiful church (pictured above) sits on the site of an Anglo-Saxon and a Norman church. The Reverend leads guided tours through the crypt, in which Burbage and some of his players are buried – the first ever ‘Romeo’ rests here.
The Old Vic Tunnels
Beneath Waterloo station are the Shunt-esque vaulted tunnels – a great venue for parties – I love the Boom Boom Club, a cabaret event that’s held here.
The Mayflower, Rotherhithe
This seventeenth-century pub claims to be the oldest pub on the River Thames. It’s charming, and together with the Brunel Museum, makes a visit to often overlooked Rotherhithe worthwhile.
Essex Street, WC2
I love walking in these outside-in covered streets – through them, the stroller permeates the city. Essex Street is a particularly beautiful example.
Mamuska, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
This Polish restaurant in an unlikely location was an accidental discovery: the surroundings are bleak but the food is delicious.