Looking for somewhere off the beaten track? Discover Bistrotheque, one of London's trendiest loft restaurants and cocktail bars.

A cabbie once said 'A restaurant? Here? You’re kidding me!’, the light-industrial units of corrugated steel, leggy buddleia growing out of brickwork - makes the perfect spot for the fashion crowd’s favourite restaurant. Specializing in modern European classics; based in a trendy loft-restaurant with cocktails and stage shows downstairs. The hipster count is high, but the welcome and service are friendly.

Head to the first floor of this East End trendsetter for the light, white restaurant and big oval bar. The airy dining-room itself is all utilitarian chic with a painted concrete floor and brick walls, Crittall windows, industrial drop lighting, marble-topped tables and black bentwood chairs.