Vicky park is an East London mainstay - the kind of place where you'll see early morning joggers, friendly-looking dog walkers, can-sinking teenagers and anyone else who might enjoy a park. It's a huge place with plenty of different aspects: from the tree lined promenades to the football fields, tennis courts, and ponds where you can jump in a pedalo. There are plenty of easy-access pubs around and it's also home to the excellent Pavilion Cafe, which can be very busy come the weekend. Throw in a Sunday market, and it's pretty clear that this is a wonderfully multi-talented park, perfect for a wintry walk or doing a little sport.
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Tide Tables Cafe
Tucked neatly underneath a converted archway beneath Richmond Bridge, this vegetarian/vegan safe haven flaunts a large garden with three majestic trees and some of the best views of the Thames. Great coffee at tiny prices makes this an easy all-day hangout when there's sun by the riverside. Their full-on vegetarian breakfast is something we'll definitely be venturing back for.
Emirates Air Line
Commute to work like a boss on this cable car link over the River Thames, offering dazzling views over the city and plenty of space for clear thinking. We recommend giving them a bash around sunset and sneaking a few beverages on board.
The Blue Anchor
How's this for a riverside setting? The Blue Anchor is prime Thames real estate - looking out over Hammersmith Bridge, there are seats outside, and an upper terrace too. The menu is pretty standard pub-level, but you're not coming here for the grub. On that note, this is an ideal spot to watch the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race in March. The place gets mobbed but there's a great atmosphere, and they open up another bar outside to deal with the crowds. It's a good sports pub all round actually, and has some pretty decent screens to watch it all on.
Cutty Sark Tavern
If it’s a "ye olde" pub your after, The Cutty Sark doesn’t mess around. This is what you called a Tavern. Yes, the food here bangs pretty hard, but we don’t want to waste too much time talking about that because this beautifully-preserved Georgian pub is like a time capsule from the 18th century and it’s not even very touristy. Score. Test your wits at the Cutty Pub Quiz on Wednesdays at 8pm.