Lon­don town

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See and do

The streets of Shored­itch and Spi­tal­fields are loaded up with some of Lon­don’s best fash­ion finds. For some Bri­tish boots, moc­casins and shoes, in­clud­ing the na­tion’s finest Brogues, stop by Gren­son, where it’s all about hand­made and high qual­ity. Ò18 Han­bury St, Lon­don. +44 20 7377 8099. www.gren­son.co.uk. Shored­itch High Street/

Liver­pool Street. The Victoria Miro Gallery hosts some of the best ex­hi­bi­tions in East Lon­don and a visit to this for­mer fur­ni­ture fac­tory rarely dis­ap­points. Lo­cated on the bor­der be­tween Hoxton and Is­ling­ton, the gallery cov­ers two floors and a land­scaped gar­den over­look­ing Re­gent’s Canal, which has been used for in­stal­la­tions by artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Ò16 Wharf Rd, Lon­don. +44 20 7336 8109. www.victoria-miro.com. Old Street.

Eat and drink

When two great chefs get to­gether and buy a dodgy pub in Hack­ney, you can ex­pect some pretty good things. In the case of the Marks­man, it’s amaz­ing things, cour­tesy of the creative ge­nius of Tom Har­ris and Jon Rotheram, who list St John, One Leicester Street and Fif­teen on their CVs. Menu high­lights in­clude

dev­illed crab on toast, beef and bar­ley buns with horse­rad­ish cream, fried salt hake and potato ris­soles, cur­ried duck and a chicken and wild gar­lic pie for two. Save room for pud­ding be­cause the brown but­ter and honey tart and quince and saf­fron sor­bet are must-or­ders. Ò254 Hack­ney Rd, Lon­don. +44 20 7739 7393. www.marks­man­pub­li­c­house.com. Hoxton.

Ta­ble drinks ser­vice from friendly staff, booth seat­ing, a snooker ta­ble and a min­i­mal­ist de­sign with ex­posed brick and tim­bers? Yeah we’re at home here at Orig­i­nal Sin, a Stoke New­ing­ton drink­ing den that was named Best New Bar by

Time Out Lon­don last year. Or­der a Red Hook (rye, maraschino and Punt e Mes) or an Iron But­ter­fly (pep­per­corn tequila, cider brandy, mez­cal, ap­ple juice, lime, honey and Gamma Ray Amer­i­can Pale Ale) for £8.50. Ò129 Stoke New­ing­ton High St, Lon­don. +44 20 7241 4148. orig­i­nalsin.bar/. Stoke New­ing­ton.

Stay

Com­mand­ing a bril­liant lo­ca­tion on Shored­itch High Street, the Ace Ho­tel Lon­don Shored­itch is the pick of digs in this part of the cap­i­tal thanks its de­signer rooms, the Bull­dog Edi­tion café (which serves up the hood’s best cof­fee), min­i­mal­ist Lobby Bar, and mod­ernist English brasserie Hoi Pol­loi. Book an Ace suite, which has a wrap-around ter­race. Ò100 Shored­itch High St, Lon­don. +44 20 7613 9800. www.ace­ho­tel.com/lon­don. Shored­itch High Street.

Ace Ho­tel Lon­don Shored­itch

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