The great thing about London is that there's always something new to try out, so this weekend head down to Hopscotch on Brick Lane for a modern taste on classic British tastes.
Thought Brick Lane was just scattered with bagel shops that fill up in the early hours of the mornings and vintage stores that are mecca for any young hipster? Well, the newest sensation to hit this historic street is Hopscotch, a restaurant that specialises in small sharing dishes so its diners can have a more immersive and closer experience. With an incredible atmosphere and a wide drinks selection, Hopscotch is definitely a haunt that you need to visit.
Started by Jonathan Cowley, the man behind Milk & Honey, Chick’n Sours and Bleeker Street Burger, Hopscotch has quickly become one of London’s best eateries.
Inventive small dishes that mix British ingredients with noted influences from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It's global cooking with punchy flavours that make amazing dishes like Smoked Goat Flatbread or Grilled Hispi Cabbage. The majority of the cooking is done over oak logs and coal, adding even more flavour into each dish, and, with an ever-changing menu, Hopscotch is definitely one to follow on Instagram to see what’s coming next.
Contemporary and colourful artwork adorns the walls, giving the room a fun, warm and relaxed vibe throughout. Beneath the clean lines of the dining room lies a strikingly handsome basement bar, clad in glinting art-deco tiles.
Here you can sample all manner of cocktails such as Japanese Cosmo (cranberry, plum wine, vodka and lime) and the Mexican Breakfast (spiced peach apricot and lemon with plenty of tequila) alongside fresh crowd pleasers like the KD Royale (gin, elderflower and fizz). Combine all this with a 1am licence at the weekend and this should become your go to late night bar.
What to Wear to Hopscotch
Its a fairly casual restaurant, so don't feel obliged to put on your fanciest clobber to have a meal here. However, if you are going there for dinner then you should dress appropriately. You can always rely on a good dress shirt to see you through an amalgamation of situations, and stick to classic, neutral colours for ease of wear. Leave the shirt untucked and team it with a pair of wide leg trousers and a pair of smart shoes or smart pair of trainers.