NY Times looks at shopping, beach going, and dining.
Next door to Dreamland, the former general manager and head chef of East London’s beloved Bistrotheque just opened Xiringuito, a seasonal restaurant with an ever-changing menu (curried soft-shell crab burgers, chili-chocolate ice cream tacos) —and Turner-inspired artwork commissioned from the British fashion illustrator John Booth. Cafes — including Hantverk & Found, which offers wine and seafood from southeast England, and also doubles as a gallery — are sprouting up among the fish-and-chip shops that line the cobblestone streets of Old Town. And in May, a 1911 cinema turned bingo hall turned snooker club on Fort Hill was reborn again as the Old Kent Market. Under the original barrel-vaulted ceiling are dozens of stalls — for everything from Indian spices and artisanal dog treats to antique jewelry — and a double-decker bus, for cocktails and a full English breakfast.