Firstly, my husband and I spent the Bank Holiday weekend in London on a Pub Crawl.
This is super unusual for us (being in London i mean, not the Pub Crawl…), usually we are heading back to Norfolk and suffering the terrible train journey back on Bank Holiday Monday.
We started Saturday off with meeting some friends for drinks.
Meeting at Liverpool street, we meandered the streets around Spitalfields Market until we found what we were looking for
It may not look much from the outside and as we nervously looked at each other, we were unsure if we were in the right place. But we descended the stairs and peaked behind the curtain all the same..
So glad we did!
The low light and imposing ceiling added to the cosy atmosphere.
You’l find a few seats at the the bar, some tall stool tables and a couple of sofas.
The cocktail menu is short but has something for everyone (including beers and wines)!
We ordered a couple of ‘Manuka Fizz’ and a sharing cocktail called ‘Anno’.
I wasn’t too keen on the Anno, but the Manuka fizz was lovely!
Then, someone thought it would be a good idea to order a round of absinthe…
The bill for four of us came to £63. Not the cheapest of places, but a good way to start the night!
We then headed to Commercial street. This is one of my favorite areas of London and full of cool new bars and restaurants.
We stopped by the Ten Bells
Which is right next to Spitalfields Market.
The pub is notorious for its association with Jack The Ripper. Supposedly, one of the victims, Annie Chapman, drank in the pub the night she was murdered and Mary Jane Kelly, another victim, picked up clients just outside. It was also featured in the Johnny Depp film ‘From Hell’.
Interestingly, during the 1880’s Jamie Oliver’s (of The naked chef fame) great-great-grandfather was the landlord, which was of the time of the gruesome killings.
Having had our fill of the murderous side of culture, we headed over to the market for dinner.
I love coming here at lunchtimes where the choice among the street food stalls is endless however, the weekend still has plenty on offer!
It was a no brainier though. We headed straight into the market and made a bee line for Bleeker.
Voted the best burger in London recently by Timeout.
A blue cheese burger and angry fries for me thank you very much.
Next stop, we headed on over to Vagabond. Vagabond is a great place to socialise with friends and not your average wine bar. You pre pay onto a card then choose your wine and size (125ml, 175ml and 250ml). It’s great as you get to try a £50 bottle of wine without having to buy the bottle!
We loved mixing and matching and discussing our favorites.
And not so favorites.
A really nice touch is that if you don’t use all the credit on your card, you can get it refunded back to you.
Finally, it was getting late but, we had heard rumors of a new rooftop bar in Waterloo. So we hailed down a cab and headed off in the direction of Bar Elba!
You have to climb several floors…
…but the view is more that worth it!
and they have an extensive cocktail list.
Glittery fairy lights everywhere!
We had an epic time on our travels and i totally recommend heading over to the east end for a weekend afternoon/ evening. It seems to get overlooked but its quieter than the west end and there is something for everyone!
Where we visited:
Discount Suit Company 29A Wentworth St, London E1 7TB – Click for directions and reservations
Ten Bells 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY
Bleeker Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA -but have other locations
Vagabond 67 Brushfield St, London E1 6AA – Various locations
Bar Elba Rooftop, Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8U – They take bookings!