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  • Backyard Bar, Bethnal Green, UK.
    Backyard Bar, Bethnal Green, UK.
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  • Backyard Bar, Bethnal Green, UK.
    Backyard Bar, Bethnal Green, UK.
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Bethnal Green Things to Do

  • A useful place to know.

    This is another place that is difficult to categorise on VT as it has several functions. It is a bar, restaurant and comedy club all in the one building. I have not eaten here nor been to any of the shows so I shall treat it here as a thing to do.The Backyard Bar is the brainchild of the prominent British comedian Lee Hurst who is well-known as a...

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  • A great little chippy.

    I am never quite sure whether to put takeaway food places in the restuarant section or the things to do section so I have developed a sort of rule for it. If a place has any sort of seating at all it goes in the restaurant section and if not it is a thing to do. The Fish Plaice on Cambridge Heath Road falls into the latter category. However, don't...

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  • A truly amazing Church.

    I must have walked past the Church of St. John on Bethnal Green literally thousands of times as it stands opposite Bethnal Green Tube Station, a place not ten minutes walk from my home and which I use regularly. Strange then, given my fascination with just about everything and my proximity to the place, that I had never been over the threshold of...

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Bethnal Green Restaurants

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    by HackneyBird Written Mar 3, 2014

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    The Beigel Bake in Brick Lane market is, in my opinion, the best beigel shop in the East End. It's very popular, as you can see by the queue which was out of the door and onto the pavement on the Sunday I visited. Don't let that put you off though, the staff deal with the orders quite quickly and you won't have to wait long to be served.

    The beigels are baked on the premises and there are many different varieties of beigels and fillings on offer and everything is written up on the menu behind the counter.

    Favorite Dish: I had a salt beef and cream cheese beigel with mustard and dill pickle. The beigel was really fresh and the salt beef tender, succulent and flavoursome. My beigel cost £4.20, the dill pickle was 20p extra. It was absolutely delicious! Just the thing to keep you going when you are out and about!

    Open:- 24 hours daily.

    Prices:- £1.95 - £5.95.

    Beigel Bake, Brick Lane Queing for beigels. Inside the Beigel Bake Salt beef and beigels Salt beef and cream cheese beigel.
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Bethnal Green Nightlife

  • East End kneesup updated.

    I remember when I moved to London in the late 1980's that Bethnal Green Road was one of the hotspots of nightlife in the city. It seemed that there was a nighclub or very lively pub on just about every corner and it really was very lively at the weekend. That really is no longer the case. For a variety of reasons, there are far fewer pubs and I...

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  • I know it's only rock 'n' roll.

    Update January 2013.I do like to keep my tips as up to date as I can and there has been a change in the music scene now in the Salmon and Ball. The original tip, which I shall leave here for interest, was written almost four years ago. The rock bands no longer play here regularly but there are occasional blues outfits, normally very good. If the...

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Bethnal Green Off The Beaten Path

  • Through The Eyes Of A Child ~ #1

    The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum housing its collections of toys, children's books and other material connected with childhood.The main prefabricated iron structure was part of the temporary buildings built for the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1856. It was moved to its present site in the late...

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  • Through The Eyes Of A Child ~ # 2

    There are many fascinating things to see in the Museum of Childhood, far too many to write about here, so I thought I would share a few of my favourite displays.The doll's house in the main photo is one of the museums collection of over 100 doll's houses, models and shops. Hand-crafted doll's houses were originally made for wealthy adults in the...

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  • Through The Eyes Of A Child ~ # 3

    There are many interactive things to do at the Museum of Childhood and as you can see, my grandson made full use of them on the day we visited.There are a selection of Zoetrope's that you can spin to watch the pictures move. There are rocking horses to ride, games to play, building bricks to play with, a dressing up game and a sensory room.One of...

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Bethnal Green Sports & Outdoors

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    by planxty Written May 5, 2009

    Anybody who follows boxing at all will have heard of the York Hall, Bethnal Green, it is simply legendary. The East End has always been known for it's boxing with many young men trying to fight their way out of the poverty that was traditionally associated with the area. The local flyweight WBC champion Charlie Magri] is merely one example from a long line. Charlie, incidentally, is now a successful businessman in the area.

    There are still regular boxing nights held here, and the atmosphere can be quite terrific. At the time of writing this tip, a quick look at the website shows several professional boxing nights including a British welterweight bout. There are also the so-called "cage" fights and amateur nights as well.

    If boxing is not your thing, York Hall is a completely equipped leisure centre in it's own right.

    Equipment: Nothing to watch the boxing, appropriate gear for other activities.

    York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK. York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK.

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