Bethnal Green Restaurants
Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green
This is a charming neighborhood restaurant housed in an old town hall turned hotel. The crowd is local, the decor is simple, and the food is great and well-priced. There are no reservations in the evenings so come early or book for lunch and have the set menu.
Arnold Circus, Bethnal Green
Behind a high brick wall of what used to be an old Victorian school (large glass doors open up to the playground in summer), you'll find a bright open space dotted with long, wooden communal tables. The daily, seasonal menu is served to an artistic and fashionable East London lunch crowd, and the BYO booze policy keeps the atmosphere refreshingly chill. One of the owners, Margot Henderson, is wife of Fergus Henderson of the St. John conglomerate—the restaurants share a similar feel and concept.
Sager + Wilde Paradise Row
250 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green
After cutting their teeth on the vineyards in Napa, Charlotte and Michael Sager-Wilde brought their love for great Californian wines back to London, where they’re something of a rarity. A meal at their first large restaurant venture, under converted railway arches in Bethnal Green, is pretty transporting (and a lot less than a ticket to Napa), pairing wonderful wines with an Italian-influenced seasonal menu of small plates. The terrace upstairs tucked into one of the railway arches, makes a great spot for a private meal; meanwhile, winos will love checking out the Sager-Wilde's collection in the room's glass cave.
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