ROCKET: Tea Building
Established in London's West End in 1994 Rocket Gallery grew out of the publishing imprint The Rocket Press, founded by Jonathan Stephenson. In 2005 Rocket moved to a newly-converted gallery space in London's creative East End.
Over the last decade the gallery has forged an international reputation for its particular vision of minimal painting, sculpture and design. The artists who work with Rocket investigate the areas of crossover between contemporary art, architecture and award-winning design (mid-century Danish classics and contemporary designers). Rocket is also well known for his bookshelves full of rare and signed editions.
Owl and Pussycat
OAP has jettisoned the scruffiness that won it cool points with the anti-hipster set in favour of an admirably understated makeover. Low lighting, vintage furniture, black paint & T-shirted, tattooed staff suit the 17th-century tavern - but so does the streak of surprising decadence about the first-floor dining room's menu & sensibly priced wine list.
Real ales & a spacious terrace point up the pub's everyman appeal.
34 Redchurch Street, City of London, Greater London, E2 7DPLinkLes Trois Garcons
Les Trois Garcons is situated in a converted Victorian pub from 1880 in Shoreditch. Hassan, Michel and Stefan acquired the building in 1996 as their home, coming from Malaysia, France and Sweden they find living in a Victorian pub the epitome of Englishness. In 2000 the garcons decided to open the ground floor as a restaurant with the kitchen, chef’s table (a room for up to 10 persons with a one way window overlooking the kitchen) and the wine cellar in the basement. They continue to live on the other 2 floors above. Plans are underway to convert the first floor living room into a bar and reception area for the diners of Les Trois Garcons
020 7613 1924
It's a hive of perpetual activity from morning till night: breakfast is a big draw, especially at weekends, when porridge, kedgeree & bloody Marys give way gradually to devilled kidneys, shepherd's pie or sausage & mash. The pavement tables are among the nicest in town; indoors, sharing tables is a given & the semi-open kitchen adds to the utilitarian theme. No bookings, so be prepared to queue.