If you’ve spent any amount of time working from coffee shops in Shoreditch, you’ll know that the Ace Hotel is the default for most people. Problem is, it’s hard to work in a hotel lobby when guests start knocking back drinks in the middle of the afternoon, especially at a place as sceney as the Ace. Go to Forge & Co across the road, which is perfectly set up for working: there are tables for work and meetings, sofas for informal chats, fast wifi, and a full menu if you’re planning to spend the whole day there.
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Dalston's Sông Quê makes some of the best Vietnamese food in London. Stop by for a casual group dinner or a quick bowl of pho.
Ruby is a modest Italian lunch bar in Shoreditch serving hearty homemade ciabatta sandwiches and plates of pasta.
Gunpowder is a simply designed little restaurant off Commercial Street serving extremely inventive takes on Indian food that will blow your mind.
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Kerbisher & Malt
Kerbisher & Malt isn’t your granddad's chippy, but this modern Shepherd's Bush chip shop is very good.
The Wet Fish Cafe
Wet Fish is a posh neighbourhood cafe in Hampstead serving food that’s way better than you’d expect.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
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