London Food & Culture

Three little gems to discover in Coal Drops Yard

Sure there are big splashy restaurants and flagship brands aplenty, but here's a trio of tucked-away finds

DRINK: The Drop

This characterful Borough Market-style wine bar under the arches is directly opposite Casa Pastor – and worth a glass or two beforehand. From a substantial list we enjoyed a crisp Westwell white from Kent before a more idiosyncratic Tour Blanc Trebbiano from France. Service is efficient and there are charcuterie and fromage boards too, should you not be in the mood for all things Mexican. Open daily till 11pm, Coal Drops Yard N1c

Tasty: Bodega Rita’s. Photo: PR

FOOD: Fill up at Bodega Rita’s

Stuff the summer diet and head to Lower Stable Street and this NY-style sandwich bar. Rita’s duo Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce have launched the kind of teensy neighbourhood deli you might get on a street corner – whether it’s New York or LA – with a selection of North American comfort food by day, and cocktails plus small plates by night (woop, it’s open late at weekends, too). Open daily till 6pm (Fri/Sat 10pm), 114 Lower Stable Street N1C

Cutely cavernous: The Drop. Photo: PR

SHOPPING: Stock up on rare vinyl

And while you’re down on Lower Stable, it’s also worth popping into the diminutive branch of Ladbroke Grove’s indie record store Honest Jon’s. For a temporary residency it’s selling limited edition vinyl, rare books, with a killer audio set-up, and series of in-store gigs. Open daily till 7pm, Lower Stable Street N1C

Main image: Honest Jon’s (PR)


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