Landed a job in East London? Lucky you – you’ll never be short of things to eat, see and do around the East End.
Thanks to its array of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions, the area that includes Shoreditch, Stratford, Hackney and Whitechapel is populated by thousands of companies, big and small.
If you’re considering graduate jobs in the area, or you’re already working in the East End, check out our graduate’s guide to East London – including things to do in Shoreditch, Hackney, Stratford and more.
Where to eat in East London
East London is well known for its cultural diversity – and likewise, its array of food options.
Wherever you’re based in the East, you’ll be surrounded by cafés, restaurants and market stalls selling food from all over the world – perfect if you’re heading out for a quick lunch break or a post-work dinner.
Check out our recommendations for where to eat in East London:
Beigel Bake, Shoreditch
Shoreditch’s Brick Lane is home to a huge display of tantalising food options, but if you’ve landed a graduate job in the area and you’re wondering where to eat in Shoreditch, Beigel Bake is a must-visit during your lunch hour.
The queue make take a few minutes, but once you’ve got your bagel in tow, just eat and enjoy while wandering back to the office. 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
Sawmill Café, Stratford
If you’re working in Stratford, you have to pay Sawmill a visit.
A hugely popular family run bakery and café, Sawmill café has won the Time Out Love London award three years running; serving up a range of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes for Stratford’s professional crowd. 51-53 W Ham Ln, London E15 4PH
Bistrotheque, Cambridge Heath
If you’re working around Cambridge Heath or Bethnal Green, and you’re looking for somewhere a little more upmarket, Bistrotheque is the perfect post-payday treat.
Located in an old warehouse, their all-day menu boasts delicious cocktails and Instagram-able brunches – as well as a 3-course evening meal for a fairly reasonable (by London standards), £17. 23-27 Wadeson St, London E2 9DR
Palm Vaults, Hackney
For those who have landed graduate jobs in Hackney, you’re in luck – it’s home to a range of eateries to suit every palette.
For a light sit-down lunch, check out Palm Vaults – Mare Street’s very own tropical oasis.
Add it to your list of ‘where to eat in East London’! 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY
With an abundance of co-working spaces around the Whitechapel area, the food scene has responded to the requirements of young professionals.
Much loved by those working in the area, Tayyabs is one you have to visit with your colleagues after work.
BYOB? Check. Starter and a main for less than £10? Double check. 83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU
12 free things to do in East London
Contrary to popular belief, not everything in London has to cost you money.
East London offers a range of free activities to suit everybody – whatever your budget.
In our list of London things to do, here are 12 free things to do in East London:
- Walk around the Olympic Village
- Take a picnic to Victoria Park
- Visit The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green
- Swim in the heated outdoor pool at London Fields Lido
- Wander around Hackney City Farm
- Peruse the Whitechapel Gallery
- Check out the street art on Brick Lane and do some vintage window shopping
- Visit Nomadic Gardens and take in the quirky displays
- Explore the Roman remains of London Wall
- Walk down the bustling Columbia Road on a Saturday or Sunday when the flower market is on
- Pop in to an exhibition at Shoreditch Rich Mix
- Get in tune with nature at the Ecology Park
How to get around East London
East London isn’t currently known for its great transport links – particularly not the Underground.
While we wait patiently for the Elizabeth Line to arrive (connecting Liverpool Street, Whitechapel & Stratford!), there are plenty of other budget-friendly ways of getting around East London.
Travel around the city by bus
If you’re working in East London, buses will become your best friend. With several 24 hour buses, they are a simple and cost-effective method of transport, whatever time of day.
Feeling lost? Use Citymapper to navigate which buses you need to get on.
Take the London overground
East London is well-connected by the Overground – which, as an added bonus, is often a lot less busy than the London Underground.
Travel on a bike around London
Santander bikes can be a great way to travel around East London – especially given the number of canals and pathways in the area.
If you haven’t got a bike of your own, hire one!
Costing around £2 a day, this is one of the cheaper ways of getting around the East End of the city, as well as being one of the quickest methods of transport in London.
Walk around London city
If you can, walk everywhere.
On a graduate budget, you can save on public transport and taxis by setting aside the time to walk to and from work.
Plus, you’ll be able to make a mental note of all the places you need to visit on your walking tour of things to do in Shoreditch, Hackney, Stratford and so on.
For those who’ve scored graduate jobs in East London, you’ll never fall short of things to do, eat and see in this area of the city.
Whether you’re working in Shoreditch, Hackney, or further afield, East London is the ideal place to live and work.