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The restaurant scene in East London is abundant, varied and exciting. There is street food from cutting-edge chefs, salt of the earth cafés and neighbourhood favourites brimming with atmosphere. There is also a current trend for Michelin-starred establishments, with Leroy, Brat and The Clove Club to mention just three (all highly recommended). There are many different cuisines to sample, from established institutions to new kids on block, including the likes of Thai street food, classic British pub food and Italian home cooking to choose from. 

Campania & Jones

Two words – rustic Italian. Candlelit and cosy, Campania & Jones is a new incarnation of the original Campania café on Columbia Road. Now on a cobbled side street, this brick-built burrow of small rooms (and a courtyard) is the real deal for hand-made pasta (gnudi bathed in butter with crispy sage and Parmesan; pappardelle with veal and beef ragù), generous hearty meat and seafood secondi. This isn’t hip London restaurant food so much as Italian home-cooking. Come for lunch and get a reasonable three-course deal for £15, or you could even come to people watch on Columbia road and snag an outdoor seat for an espresso-with-a-view.

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