Olympic-standard food in East London
For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.
East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.