332 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0AG
This delightful little establishment is a real taste of the old East End: an 1900 diner with inlaid food fittings, stained glass and intimate seating at Formica tables. It’s not just a period piece, though – the welcome is loud, the clientele are mainly market traders and the food is of the greasy spoon variety – great, heaped-full English breakfasts complete with black pudding and bubble and squeak and steaming mugs of tea to kill or cure your hangover. For lunch, opt for a big plate of spag bol, or the equally filling lasagne. The puddings are traditionally English, swimming in custard.