Stepney Green Area Guide

Like so much of the East End, a couple of hundred years ago, Stepney Green was little more than a country village. Now it seems as if every language in the world can be heard on its busy streets as it’s an area that’s host to a multitude of nationalities, attracted by affordable rents and great tube and bus links. Eating out is an adventure as the area’s ethnically diverse population has led to the emergence of many, small family-run restaurants offering authentic global cuisine. So experiment with the subtle flavours of the Punjab at established favourite Tayyabs, feast on Turkish cuisine at Zengi or turn up the heat with Mexican at Lupita East.

There are echoes of the area’s rural past at Stepney City Farm, an oasis of green tucked away among the Victorian terraces which cares for a collection of sheep, goats, pigs, ducks and geese as well as serving up a fabulous menu of seasonal dishes made with fresh, organic produce in its popular farm café.

A little deeper into Stepney is Wilton’s Music Hall, an arts venue housed in a restored Victorian Theatre. Exposed brickwork and timbered ceilings into which designers have dropped two shabby chic bars are the backdrop to regular jazz, Latin, swing and classical bands. The theatre itself offers a rich mix of cabaret, experimental drama and mainstream performances. Movie buffs love the independent Genesis Cinema with its large bar and comfy leather sofas where students and young professionals meet to talk over the latest arthouse releases before choosing their viewing from an eclectic selection of films.

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