Insider's London: The Proud Archivist

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In a Nutshell: A hip, multipurpose canal-side space in East London with prime surroundings (and people-watching)

Best for: Hipsters & the People Who Love Them, Al Fresco Drinking/Dining, Artsy-Smartsy Types, Minimalist Enthusiasts, People-Gawking, Style Mavens, View Seekers

Neighborhood: Haggerston

Being everything to everyone seldom works for an independent business, but it’s surely worked in The Proud Archivist’s favor.

This attractive venue on Regent’s Canal is a restaurant/bar/gallery/event & workshop space that intrigues rather than intimidates, designed with a flow of space that makes sense.  The vibe is “casual hipster,” just right for its trendy Haggerston/Dalston environs- a community center for the modish, if you will.


I went with a friend on lovely, warm and sunny Sunday afternoon.  We ordered (well-priced) wine, beers & ciders, and snagged an al fresco table next to the canal.  The modern, creative atmosphere, the well-selected music, the stylish clientele, the gorgeous view of Regent’s Canal, the prime East End people-watching— it all worked wonderfully.


I was a bit stunned that many reviews on major social media sites weren’t as flattering…then I realized the gripes were with the food and service.  I didn’t try the food there, and to prevent spoiling my adoration for this place, probably won’t.  I also must’ve visited when the staff were on their best behavior, as my service was A-OK.

This is one of my new favorites; I hope to never need to corroborate those service-poor rumors on any future visits.


[Image Credits: Jill Tate, Luke Hayes, and Tilt]

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