A wine shop with an extremely don’t-tell-anyone patio out back, Newcomer Wines is a nice spot to escape the crowds around Dalston. It’s deceptively roomy inside, and combined with its secret outside space, makes for good spot if there are a few of you. The wine is mostly Austrian which, unless you have a particularly niche interest, probably won’t matter to you. What matters more is that glasses start at £6.50.
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Footnote is a spacious coffee spot on Wilton Way in Hackney that makes a great option for catching up with friends.
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The Kitchens At Old Spitalfields Market
The kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market have all sorts of excellent restaurants and stalls, providing options to sit at the bar or to take away.
Provisions is a casual wine and cheese shop on Holloway Road where you can stand around with friends date, drinking great wine and nibbling bread.
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