Venturing into East Village London

Westfield Stratford shopping is fantastic. But let’s be honest the crowds and noise of fashionistas on a mission can be overwhelming. I find that when I’m hungry I need a bit of peace before I’m ready to hit the rails again. Well, I have the solution for you! Have you ever thought about venturing into East Village London?

Well, we have and will give you an insight, so you too can take a rest bite from the chaos just a stones throw from the tills.

Stratford is already the most connected neighbourhood in London and now weekend Night Tube services have kicked off on the Central and Victoria Lines, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Picadilly lines following soon this autumn. Eventually Stratford will be served by at least 4 different train lines for 24-hours at weekends.

East Village London

So, it’s getting even easier to get here.

Westfield Stratford City isn’t really a place you go to window shop, except perhaps glancing at the flower stalls..

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or peeping at the pastries.

East Village London

So, once you’ve shopped until you are ready to drop, you will need somewhere to replenish yourselves. Westfield’s have loads of bustling restaurant chains, but if you want a little peace, let me share a secret…

East Village London

Just outside, within 5 minutes walk, is the calm and hip East Village.

Just find the exit near John Lewis (towards the International Station). There are maps in Westfield’s everywhere. Once out just walk straight ahead. That’s it!

Modern apartments have been part of a development plan since the London Olympics. So, now with 6,000 people choosing to live here, restaurants and shops have been adding more and more buzz to this area. So, much so it has the reputation of being ‘London’s Hippest Postcode’. There really is always something going on.

East Village London

You can explore on Boris Bikes if you had the energy (unlikely if you’ve been shopping) or crash on giant cushions and bask in the warm Autumn sun.

Unassuming restaurants, like this Italian, are opening all over.

East Village London

Santi is cool and calm inside. The wood fired oven was already on and the smell of freshly baked bread filled the restaurant.

East Village London

East Village London

Even as the restaurant filled, it was wonderful to sit, relax and chatter without the din of a colossal shopping mall.

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Cold white wine was a welcome lunchtime treat.

East Village London

East Village London

The food here is comforting and homely, with a real glance to authentic Italian cooking. All the pizza chefs are from Southern Italy.

Tuna Carpaccio marinaded in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fennel seeds and lemon juice, topped with fresh chilli and served with rucola salad.

East Village London

Sautéed fresh mussels with garlic, olive oil, tomato, chilli and oregano served with garlic toasted bread.

East Village London

Smoked mozzarella with breadcrumbs served with sautéed aubergines. This is a speciality here as it isn’t commonly on Italian menus.

East Village London

It’ll probably feed two as a starter, but get more of that incredible aubergine!

East Village London

Linguine with King prawns, mussels, garlic, tomato and chilli.

East Village London

Spaghetti with fresh clams, garlic and cherry tomatoes.

East Village London

Scrumptious homemade tiramisu.

East Village London

Limoncello. Saluti!

East Village London

Another restaurant I’ve eaten in is Darkhorse, a European restaurant. See what we thought, here.

From 11am – 4pm every Sunday, you’ll find a fab little food, drink and craft market.

East Village London

Check out these ladies selling some of the best pies I’ve eaten anywhere. Cleverly called three point one four pies (it’s pie squared!).

East Village London

Do try this strawberry ganache one – it’s to die for!

East Village London

This Finnish pear and fig one was divine. I’ve made it clear to my son that I expect to be fed pie on his visits home or he’s no longer welcome (they really are good).

East Village London

We bought some Cow poo from a farmer.

East Village London

The boys sampled some rather good blended wine.

East Village London

East Village London

Now you’ve been fed and watered, how about some hide and seek?

East Village London

It takes a while to spot your own reflection. *waves*

East Village London

Oh, there’s a brilliant wine shop here. We’ve enjoyed many a bottle as my son James often spoils us with exciting wines when he visits home.

East Village London

Bottle Apostle is a mecca for discerning wine lovers.

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Choosing is half the fun.

East Village London

East Village London

East Village London

East Village London

Check this place out for a decent cocktail. Milkmade.

East Village London

So, forget the tourist sights of the Olympic park a short stroll away (for now), if the purpose of your visit is Westfield shopping, venturing into East Village London has you immersed very quickly into a fun and vibrant neighbourhood.

East Village London

Now I’m ready to hunt down some Jimmy Choo’s.

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East Village, Stratford, London

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