Guide to Victoria Park Village

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A few years ago, I worked at a school in Hackney, right around the corner from Victoria Park and only moments away from the many shops, cafes and restaurants that make up Victoria Park Village. It was always a lot of fun to explore the area after work, and I still love to go back whenever I can, even though it’s a bit of a trek from Kingston. This part of Hackney is certainly gentrified, but still has a lot of character. Tables and chairs from the many restaurants and cafes spill out onto the streets, and there’s a lively, neighbourhood feel to the area.

eat

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++ Loafing. Simple, tasty breakfasts are offered here, with excellent coffee. The cakes are delicious, as are the sandwiches if you’re in the mood for something more substantial.

++ The Empress. This pleasant pub does a £10 supper deal that’s super value.

++ Buon Appetito. A great Sardinian restaurant that’s a real favourite amongst locals.

++ VU Viet. Formerly called Namo, this restaurant offers tasty Vietnamese food in attractive surroundings. It used to be a real favourite for after-work suppers out.

++ Spit Jacks. A restaurant specialising in Spanish tapas. The spit roast and buttermilk fried chicken comes especially recommended, and there’s a nice looking brunch menu too.

++ The Pavilion Cafe. A lovely place to head on a sunny day for brunch, lunch or cake. Sit overlooking the boating lake and enjoy watching the world go by.

++ Fish House. Victoria Park Village’s favourite fish & chips shop, where you can eat in or take away.

++ Amandine. A pretty looking cafe that provides a pleasant spot to drop by for a coffee and croissant (there’s also free wi-fi).

shop

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++ Haus. A shop offering a gorgeous selection of furniture, lighting and homeware. Perfect for finding an unusual piece for your home, or as a lovely gift for someone special.

++ Wonderland Ceramics. If you’re feeling creative, head here to paint or even model your own ceramics. This is a fun place to host a children’s birthday party, especially with their Alice in Wonderland themed party space.

++ The Toybox. A children’s toy shop that stocks a good range of games, toys and colouring books.

++ Ginger Pig. A fantastic, knowledgeable butchers. There are several Ginger Pig butchers in London, but this is one of my favourite branches.

++ The Deli Downstairs. An utterly charming, family-run Deli in Victoria Park Village. I used to come in here on a Friday when I worked in the area to choose from their great selection of cheeses as a treat for the weekend. The homemade brownies are also well worth trying!

++ Victoria Park Books. A charming little bookshop specialising in children’s books.

++ Sublime. Selling a mix of clothing and lifestyle goods, this is a great place to shop for nice gifts.

drink

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++ East London Liquor Company. Located in one of Bow’s most well known historical sites, the old glue factory in Bow Wharf, this bar & distillery is worth a visit for the building alone. It produces and imports a range of quality handcrafted spirits including gin, vodka, rum and whisky. There’s a bar where you can enjoy fabulous cocktails and snacks such as charcuterie plates, and there’s also a ‘bottle shop,’ where you can purchase a bottle of East London Liquor gin or other spirit should you wish. It’s worth mentioning too that the wine is incredibly reasonable (from £3 a glass) and very drinkable.

++ Bottle Apostle. A wine bar and shop that offers friendly, accessible service to wine novices, as well as expert tipplers alike. The free Friday wine tastings are quite a draw, and there are regular other wine tasting events and supper clubs on offer.

++ Royal Inn on the Park. Situated right next to Victoria Park, this is a favourite place of mine to enjoy a drink on a sunny day.

++The People’s Park Tavern. Recommended as having one of the best beer gardens in London.

++ Hemingway Pub. An attractive looking pub with a good sounding menu. The Sunday roasts seem to be well recommended.

Have you been to Victoria Park Village? What are your favourite places in the area?

You may also like to check out my other Hackney guides: Wilton Way and Broadway Market.

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