Place

Long White Cloud

By Maeve
Where?
151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
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When?
Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
How much?
Bacon & Egg pie £3

Once upon a time, a café was simply a café. But, in these days of super-compartmentalisation, of phones that order dinner and help you get dressed, that sort of one-dimensional approach just won’t cut the proverbial mustard. So step forward new Hoxton brekkie-and-brunch eaterie Long White Cloud. On the one hand, yes, it’s simply a caff – albeit a New Zealand-themed caff that serves mightily delicious nosh, including homemade Kiwi classics like bacon and egg pie and Monmouth coffees, and London’s best banana bread. But it’s also a gallery, with purchasable art lining its walls, and private views. And it’s been a mini sculpture park. And there’s live music, with a late bar. And cabaret. And, there’s pop-up dining evenings to boot. / Richard Mellor