THE NEW EAST LONDON HOTSPOTS

Heading out in East London but tired of the same old bars and restraurants? Check out these hot new spaces giving the area a new lease of nightlife!

BLEACH BAR

What’s the deal? The dip-dye gurus behind Bleach hairdressers have opened up their very own bar! Found just down the road from the Dalston salon, this new space has a cool dive bar feel, complete with a graffiti-spattered interior designed by set designer (and Topshop collaborator) David White.

Drink: Any of the LOLs-named cocktails, our favourites being the ‘Abba-synth’ (Absinthe-based mix) and ‘Wonky Direction’ (Lemon, Whiskey Bourbon and Egg Whites).

Eat: Delicious bar snacks from TART, the fashion world’s favourite catering duo.

Wear: Anything ’90s-inspired: crops tops, chokers and rainbow hair of course.

THE LAUNDRY

What’s the deal? This Hackney spot has come a long way since its days as a ’50s laundry. Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien teamed up with a local entrepreneur to transform the building into a super-slick restaurant. Not only is the space huge, (especially compared to East London’s often pokey venues), every little detail is careful thought out – from the vinatge printing presses that line the walls to the so-now succulents on every table.

Drink: The Kick-Starter cocktail – a chilli based drink lovingly created by manager Chris – sure to start your night with a bang.

Eat: Everything on the menu! But if you order just one thing, make it the kedegree-filled scotch egg. To-die-for.

Wear: Go minimal cool. We’re thinking oversized shirt dress, clean-cut ankle boots, top knot.

 SATAN’S WHISKERS

What’s the deal? From the same people who brought us great pubs like The Hemingway and The Hunter S, the chic, taxidermy-filled Satan’s Whiskers bar has got all the cool kids heading to Bethnal Green.

Drink: The Salty Dog – vodka, grapefruit juice and pink salt.

Eat: It’s strictly drinks on the menu but pop into one of the nearby Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Rd for some good-value grub beforehand.

Wear: Keep it casual in boyfriend jeans and an off-the-shoulder crop.