Food & Drink

Drink, Dine & Unwind

Words: Sarah Moor
Published: Spring ‘16

Whether you’re looking for after-work al fresco drinks, tasty light bites, or something to get you back on your feet after the night before, Woodberry Life has you covered. From old favourites to new kids on the block, we pick a few of the best eating and drinking dens North and East London have to offer.

The Big Chill House

King's Cross

If the sun is shining and blue skies are overhead, this is the spot to grab a cocktail and catch some rooftop rays. The terrace really comes alive during the summer months and is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and music, with DJs playing Thursdays through to Saturdays.

Get there nice and early to beat the crowds. Signature cocktail: What Friday night calls for: ‘Chill n Fizz’ – a combination of lime vodka, watermelon and lemon juice topped up with prosecco.

Wringer & Mangle

London Fields

Wringer & Mangle spun onto the drinking and dining bar scene, courtesy of East End drinks maverick Gerry Calabrese. Located in a former industrial laundry, it features an expansive all-weather terrace, an inventive menu, and an ever-evolving series of art exhibitions. It’s big on brunches, afternoon tea and roasts… and perfect for summer-time tipples too!

Signature cocktail: Refresh your palate with the Winter or Summer ‘Garden Collins’, a blend of lemon juice, elderflower cordial, seasonal fruit and a healthy measure of gin.


Stoke Newington / Finsbury Park

Renowned for its brunches, Finks is an old favourite. Serving simple, straightforward food and coffee all day long, this Scandi-style café, restaurant and deli is just a short stroll from Clissold Park. Their evening menu has a number of dishes to get your taste buds tingling each season, their cheese and charcuterie boards never get old.

Signature dish: Their avocado on Balthazaar sourdough has something of a cult following, but why not branch out with a cinnamon bacon challah – fluffy white Challah bread, Finks cinnamon butter, crispy bacon, sour cream and maple syrup.