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Blixen. Photo: Clerkenwell Boy


Address Old Spitalfields Market, 65A Brushfield Street; London E1 6AA
by Crispin Street
Neighbourhood Spitalfields | See on map
Tube Liverpool St [Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, BR]
Telephone +44 20 7101 0093
Website http://blixen.co.uk
Price Breakfast GBP 10-20. Lunch GBP 20-30. Dinner GBP 30-40.
Hours Mon-Fri 08-23. Sat 09-23. Sun 09-20.

You’ve only got yourself to blame if you go hungry at Old Spitalfields Market, the Victorian market hall just east of Liverpool Street Station. Although the actual stalls are now peddling mostly arts and crafts, vintage fashion and other junk, the periphery is chockablock with restaurants, many quite decent – and Blixen certainly isn’t dragging the average down.

The food is delicious – modern European brasserie fare, full of trendy ingredients such as kale, chorizo and duck eggs, without abandoning croque madames and steak-frites – and reasonably priced. Housed in a former bank, it’s a bright and high-ceilinged space, with plenty of covers across tables, kitchen bar and the market-facing terrace. Downstairs you’ll find a cocktail bar and the old vault which can be hired for private use.

It comes from Clive Watson whose other hits include Bermondsey gastropub The Garrison and sleek Fitzrovia bistro The Riding House Café. Like those two, this is an all-day concept, open continuously from breakfast until late night drinks and particularly great for breakfast and brunch. Pleasant and laid-back, it’s a place that invites you to hang out and recharge (batteries, too – it’s laptop-friendly with plenty of plugs). Then head East to Shoreditch and Dalston to play.