Spring is in the air, and for chocoholics that can only mean one thing. Easter eggs are inspired by the traditional symbolism of the egg as promising new life, but for anyone who’s started a new life as a vegan or is dairy intolerant, they can evoke sad memories of an easier life when you didn’t have to check ingredients lists before buying.
Luckily the dairy-free egg market gets stronger every year, and we found plenty of quality, tasty options to try.
Click here to head over and see the best in show.
Our city’s history can very easily be viewed through beer goggles. Fashions and technologies have changed over the centuries and the current renaissance of craft ales is just the latest twist in a boozy tale that predates the city itself.
On Londonist: the history of London in five beers.
A short walk from Liverpool Street tube station lies Petticoat Lane, a bustling fabric market by day, but a quiet, shuttered road by night. City bars and pubs tend to peter out around this area of town, and it’s still a few blocks away from Brick Lane. But on the corner of Wentworth and Leyden Streets, underneath an old building advertised as Discount Suit Company, stairs lead down to a basement bar big enough for around 50 drinkers – the best secret bar in east London right now.
In January I also discovered £2.50 pints at the King William IV – the Leyton local is a big, independent venue is the flagship pub for Brodie’s brewery, housed behind the building. Just down the road, The Chequers serves great local beers and boasts its own smoker. No wonder it’s tipped as one of the coolest new pubs in E17.
In central London, I discovered a wine bar from the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown, in Chelsea I found an Italian restaurant selling traditional arrosticini from Abruzzo.
Lastly – I gave up one of my long-guarded favourite – Jan’s Belgian beer bar in Stoke Newington. Jan’s is one of the lesser-known bars in Stoke Newington, perhaps because it’s not on the main drag of the high street or Church Street. But it’s easy enough to find. Walk north up the high street, past the Jolly Butchers, and turn right at Abney Park Cemetery gates. Northwold Road cuts through Stoke Newington Common, but the bar is just a minute or two away from the high street.
Click here to read all my reviews on the site.
Anyone doing Dry January will tell you that staying sober while socialising is the hardest part – check out the feature I wrote for the Londonist that has over a dozen fresh ideas for alcohol-free venues and date ideas this month.