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.
++ 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).
++ 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.
++ 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?