London Lovers #4

Hello there, my name is Robin Nierynck, a 23-year-old journalist from Bruges Belgium. I’ve been living in London since October 2015, after completing my BA in York and my Master’s in Cardiff.  

When I moved to London, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. And to be sure, now that I’ve spent some time here I can say, it’s a right mess – always busy, crazy expensive and everyone is obsessed with brunch. But of course, as you probably know if you’re reading this, it certainly has an infectious charm and gets you excited about just about anything. Including brunch. 
Living in a flat in Bethnal Green, I’ve fallen in love with the East End and all its quirks. Right on the edge of Victoria Park, my little flat may not be much, but it feels as though I’ve got a world waiting on my doorstep. 

So due to my incredible favouritism when it comes to the East End, I have themed my contribution to include my top 5 East London places. Enjoy! 

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The roof is the place to be!

Photo: Dalston Roof Park | Editing: Daphne Ronse Summer is coming and what do we want more on a lovely day? A rooftop garden!

London is a crowded city and every open space is precious. So why not use the roof? Breathtaking view included.

#1 Dalston Roof Park

Membership costs a fiver for the season, but you can meet young creative people for example during one of their awesome events. Think free film screenings, yoga, music performances and street food stalls.

Where? 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London


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#2 Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden

On top of the Southbank Centre there's a roof garden with an amazing view on the Thames, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, etc. There's a cafe bar but also fruit trees and wild flowers. A true relaxing spot in mid-touristy London.

Where? Belvedere Road, Se1 8XX London


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#3 Queen of Hoxton Rooftop 

Queen of Hoxton is a bar, club and art gallery in Shoreditch. They also host a lot of music events with famous artists. During the summer, they open up the roof for workshops, parties, a daily BBQ and other activities. In June they're one of the locations for the Rooftop Film Club, so there's always something to do. During winter times (or autumn) there's warm and cosy tipi (aka wigwam) on the roof, with an open grill and lots of lights.

Where? 1-5 Curtain Road EC2A 3JX



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#4 Netil360

Netil House is a creative community in Hackney. On the rooftop there's a workspace for members only. You pay £17 for an all day pass for desk space, high speed internet and roaming. So this isn't really a place to hang out and relax, but rather an inspiring office where you can meet interesting like-minded people.

Where? 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL London



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