The Proud Archivist

I stumbled across The Proud Archivist whilst flat hunting in the area. The flat was rubbish but this place is just great…….so glad I found it. The-Event-Space-at-The-Proud-Archivist-1024x570The Proud Archivist is a Cafe, Bar, Restaurant, Gallery, Theatre, Library, Event Space, Community/Culture site on the Regents Canal just near Haggerston Overground. The concept and delivery is overseen by Archivist creator & maestro Hector Proud.  On the cafe/restaurant side this is an all day venue serving hearty brunch dishes, Deli sandwiches, Sunday Roasts, Cakes, Pastries &  Machiatos etc. At night it becomes more contemporay Bistro with Rib Eye Steaks, Sea Bream with Pequito Peppers and the PA Big Mac. The kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs at work……if that’s your thing. The drinks list is full on, wines are not your usual cafe selection, there is  plenty of choice & all up to date with current trends,  good value Albarino, Sancerre and Rousanne on the Whites and Barossa Valley Shiraz and Crozes Hermitage worth trying on the Reds. The bar is a great place to get smashed with all the Vodkas, Rums, Single Malts, Bourbon, Gins and Cocktails you could possibly hope for…….nice to see Martin Millers Gin on the list. Teas, coffees, Chegworth juices, artisan beers etc etc also all feature. The staff are very friendly and efficient and are a major force in the feelgood factor of this venue. Up stairs holds a library of books, games and activities, there is also free wifi.  A large venue spread over two floors so there is lots of choice on where to sit and there are two separate canal terraces.

There is so much going on here every week that it is impossible to list all of the events but the website has a great “What’s on” page and Newsletter so that you can sign up and get email alerts of forthcoming events. As a taster next week at TPA sees Paper Cuts art exhibition, Henry V (yes Shakespeare), Yoga, Spanish for Kids, The Bumforth Manor Collection and plenty more. The PA also hosts regular pop up food events from Michelin star to street food. Next week features an Etch Kitchen Residency and Yolk Pop Up event.

TPA bar

When to go: Sunday Morning….or anytime

What to Eat: Start with Brunch and stay for Sunday Lunch

2-10 Hertford Road,  N1 5ET
Tel: 020 7749 6852


The Cafe Corner

Cafes are an vital part of both the High St and neighbourhood street scene. We all have our favourites and they are often stumbled across by chance….diving in out of the rain….one of the kids needs the loo….took a different route home from the market….they are at the forefront of the battle between the small independent trader and the High St brands. They are hard work… all day, low returns…..nobody drinks Dom Perignon in a cafe and often small rewards. But the cafe scene refuses to be undermined and there are great coffee shops, tea rooms, greasy spoons and drop-ins all over the UK.

The Cafe Corner is going to feature a few each week buiding into a nationwide directory of the best individual cafes, coffee shops and tea rooms you can find.

Kicking off here are three in London:


Near the top end of Roman Rd Muxima is an independent art & culture cafe promoting & supporting local & international artists.

Live music, art, DJ’s, beautiful home made lamps,

There is a full menu, eggs benedict, toastados, salads etc

When to go: whilst shopping at Bethnal Green market.

What to eat: Orange & Star Aniseed Polenta Cake

618 Roman Rd, E3 2RW, Tel: 0208 980 0850

Check the website for opening hours etc

Scoffers Kitchen

Just off Clapham Common I found this whilst flat hunting in the area. Big menu with lots of choice, becomes more restaurant at night. Lots of different dining areas, good service, great breakfast & brunch, Thursday neighbours night 1/2 price, Friday Steak Night + Sunday lunch.

When to go: Meet your mates for breakfast/brunch on Saturday

What to eat: Scoffers Breakfast, Buttermilk Pancakes

6 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED, Tel: 0207 978 5542

Full Stop

Brick Lane institution, quirky decor, tiny kitchen (just don’t know how they manage) craft beers & ciders

image_400x400Great brunch, Bacon Sarnie, lovely staff

When to go: Anytime you are in the area

What to eat: Bacon Sarnie

202 Brick lane, E1 6SA, Tel: 020 7739 7086

Not sure if they have a website but you can find them on

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