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Singburi, in Leytonstone, is one of the city’s finest Thai restaurants, for eat-in or delivery during the COVID-19 lockdown in England this November
Singburi, in Leytonstone, is one of the city’s finest Thai restaurants
Michaël Protin/Eater London

Where to Order Takeaway and Delivery in East London

The best places to order in the East postcodes during lockdown three in London

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Singburi, in Leytonstone, is one of the city’s finest Thai restaurants
| Michaël Protin/Eater London

Get ready for the novel coronavirus pandemic trilogy: lockdown 3.0. The U.K. government has officially ordered to close all cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants in England for the next month, possibly until Wednesday 31 March.

Once again turning the restaurant and bar industry upside down, but at least this time everyone’s a bit more prepared and knows what to expect. London’s restaurants, cafes, and bars are pivoting back to delivery or takeaway options. Many are offering pickup on-site, orders via phone, text or social media, while others are using third-party delivery services, as well as restaurant meal kits and premium at-home restaurant experiences. London’s hospitality lives to fight on. Many are still open and ready to serve hungry Londoners stuck inside.

Note: Due to the changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic this list will be updated continually. Have a tip, on your own restaurant or another? Email london@eater.com, or use the Eater London tipline.

Here’s the pick of restaurants in east London.

Note: Due to the changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic this list will be updated continually. Have a tip, on your own restaurant or another? Email london@eater.com, or use the Eater London tipline.

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1. Yardarm

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238 Francis Rd, Leyton
London E10 6NQ, UK

Francis Road’s darling Yardarm in Leyton is still operating as an essential shop stocked with fresh bread, pastries, cheese, milk, and meats, as well as a food takeaway option for hungry east Londoners. Currently, no hot food option available, but they’re running online wine tasting courses.

2. Willy’s pies @ Marmelo & Sons

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169 Francis Rd, Leyton
London E10 6NT, UK

Brought to you by ex-Brat chef Will Lewis who’s been hand-making premium fresh pies to order since the first lockdown originally from his home kitchen. Find a seasonal, weekly changing menu with four options; one meat pie, one vegetarian pie and one sweet tart and the mainstay, the treacle tart. All savoury pies arrive ready-to-bake at home. Available for pick up from Marmelo & Sons in Leyton, order on their website or email. They’ll be delivering using good old-fashioned manpower on bikes to North and East on Wednesdays and South and West on Thursdays. 

3. Arch Rivals

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361 Winchelsea Rd
London E7 0AQ, UK

Tucked away in one of Forest Gate’s repurposed archway, Arch Rivals will resume pumping out excellent globetrotting food and drink from 11 January. They’ll be using suppliers to turn the restaurant space into a small store for butchers shop, dry goods and household staples such as beers, wine, cheese and eggs. Their signature toasties are available all-day and can be ordered in-person at the arch or online. However, evening menu will change daily depending on what the kitchen can get from day-to-day, it’s pre-order only and allocates 3 collections per time slot so that there are never more than three people in the arch. 

4. My Neighbours the Dumplings

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165 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton
London E5 8EQ, UK

My Neighbours the Dumplings coming through with the goods. Their Victoria Park site will remain closed throughout lockdown, but their OG Clapton spot is ready and open for collection and delivery orders on their website from their adapted menu that will travel well. They’ve also opened their own online store selling veggie turnip cakes to finish at-home, duck pancake kits, frozen dumplings, sauces and bottled cocktails. 

5. OREN

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89 Shacklewell Ln, Clapton
London E8 2EB, UK

Mediterranean restaurant Oren is open for pick up through their restaurant window (no access inside) and deliveries via their website. They’ll be baking challahs and pitas daily, as well as stocking up on natural wines, provisions and at-home goods that will be available for local and nationwide deliveries. 

6. Mangal 2 Restaurant

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4 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton
London N16 8BH, UK

Legendary ocakbasi restaurant will be pumping out their usual charcoal-grilled Turkish mezzes, doner pide and deep-fried helloumi offerings for takeaways only. They’ve paused their deliveries on Big Night and Slerp for now to focus on takeaways. 

Ocakbasi and mezze at Mangal 2, the Turkish restaurant in Dalston that that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city Ola Smit/Eater London

7. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

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Abbot St, Dalston
London E8 3DP, UK

The sourdough purveyor has partnered with suppliers to offer Londoners home essentials such as eggs, bacon and granola. The bakery and kitchen is still open, but no sit-in service allowed and takeout only. Grab sarnies, soups and salads for pre-order and click and collect at time of choosing. Rest assured, distancing measures are also in place, a staggered and quick queue system to help keep crowding to a minimum and the majority of food is pre-packed to reduce risk. Can’t make it East? They’ll have a roving milk float offering a selection of goods on weekends heading to different nearby locations at certain times. They’ll post the full week’s schedule on their website and Instagram Stories.

8. Snackbar @ home

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20 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AZ, UK

Pickle queen Freddie Janssen’s Dalston neighbourhood cafe has once again turned Snackbar’s dining room into a waiting room for delivery drivers. Catering to the work from home lunchtime crowd, swap the usual boring Pret grab-and-go lunches for ‘Snacky Meals’ that are actually guaranteed to bring happiness, tuna melt, doritos fried chicken sandwich and kimcheeze toasties delivered straight to Londoners via Deliveroo and Big Night. Pick up directly from the restaurant for take away or click and collect is still available. 

Snackbar’s snack muffin in Dalston, on a pink plate George Reynolds

9. Angelina

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56 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AH, UK

Push the boat out and go all out for Dalston-based 8-course takeaway Japanese and Italian-influenced tasting menu at £34 pp. Ideal for the perfect lockdown treat for those wanting a special experience in their own homes: great for lockdown birthdays, anniversaries, or just a special treat. Menu changes bi-weekly, with the first menu featuring the likes of sea bream, truffle and furikake, tuna, lardo and moromi and kakuni Pork. Pre-order for click and collect or delivery of up to 2.5 miles of the restaurant.

10. Pidgin

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52 Wilton Way, Hackney
London E8 1BG, UK

Pidgin is offering a weekly changing, four-course menu to be collected from the restaurant, at the same level that would normally be eaten at the restaurant. Helpful cards offer reconstitution tips, with this week’s dishes including treviso with sumac, pomegranate molasses and bergamot dressing, confit chicken thigh curry, and a blood orange posset. With an option for additional add-ons such as wine pairings and house cocktails to take eating at home to the next level.

11. Pophams Bakery - Hackney

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197, 205 Richmond Rd, Hackney
London E8 3NJ, UK

Pophams Bakery is still open for takeaway and deliveries, providing Londoners with freshly baked pastries and bread, granola, ready meals, deli items, pasta and alcohol from its Islington and Hackney branches within a one mile radius via Slerp. Use DELIVERYDISCOUNT for £5 off on orders over £30.

12. Hyderabadi Spice

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309 High St N, Manor Park
London E12 6SL, UK

Luckily, this biryani house is still delivering to East London postcodes. While its menu remains the same, there is a minimum spend of £35. Luckily, as portions are generous, this should feed a hungry family or those in self-isolation for a couple of days at least. The lamb biryani is obviously a must-try, as are achingly tender murgh malai chicken kebabs, and the tangy stewed lamb dish, achari gosht.

13. E5 Bakehouse

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395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney
London E8 3PH, UK

The organic bakery and millhouse under the railway arches in Hackney is still up and running seven days a week, offering a condensed breakfast and lunch menu for pre-ordered one-hour takeaway slots and have added more postcodes to their delivery map. Their shelves are stocked with the usual bread, cakes, pastries, organic fruit and veggies, beer and wine, basic baking ingredients including sourdough starters, preserves, and lots of bulk items. Due to high demand, there’s a two loaf limit per customer to give everyone an opportunity to have fresh bread. Maybe, third time round is the time to finally master sourdough? E5 has a selection of online sourdough baking classes to help with lockdown boredom.

A tray of galettes, cookies, caneles, and tarts on a wire rack, at one of London’s best bakeries, E5 Bakehouse E5 Bakehouse [Official Photo]

14. THATTUKADA LONDON

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229 High St N, East Ham
London E6 1JG, UK

This East Ham institution is still running a delivery and takeaway service on reduced hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The streamlined menu features Kerala classics such as biryanis, curries, and breads like parotta. For other favourites, like some of the dry fry items, placing an order in advance the day before could be an option.

15. Vasantha Vilas Restaurant

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206 High St N, East Ham
London E6 2JA, UK

Formerly Vasantha Bhavan (the restaurant sign still bears this name), this Tamil cafe is a new addition to the food delivery apps. Now, it offers its famous South Indian breakfasts and buffets at home, open from 9am instead of 7am, and throughout the day. Dosa, idli and veg thalis are all available to enjoy, as well as a selection of snacks.

16. Ahmad's Café

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187 Plashet Rd, Plaistow
London E13 0QZ, UK

Ahmad’s Pakistani restaurant is encouraging isolators to stay at home with discounts on their delivery service. Takeaway is also available with a one in, one out system. Highlights of the menu include the sizzling lamb chops, karahi gosht, and the garlic naan — crispy and pillowy in equal measure.

17. OMBRA

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1 Vyner St
London E2 9DG, UK

Ombra is going to revert back to being lockdown heroes, offering fresh pasta, a brand-new range of pasta sauces, seasonal groceries and wine for pick up from their Hackney site and their own delivery service. Stay tuned, it’ll be accepting takeaway orders once again via their website for antipasti, tiramisu, pasta, lasagne and daily-changing sauces to prepare at home. Coeliacs rejoice! There’ll be a range of gluten-free pasta options available as well. 

Pici with parmesan at Ombra in Bethnal Green, one of London’s best waterside restaurants Ombra/Official

18. Chop and Dooz

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Barking Rd, East Ham
London E6 2JT, UK

Don’t be put off by the offer of takeaway pizza and chips on the menu — some of the best Afghan food in the area happens to come out of this little eatery’s doors. Takeaway and delivery are possible and there are few dishes not to love. Borani-e-bademjan, fried aubergines served with yoghurt and dry fruit; chapli kebab, huge lamb patties studded with coriander seeds and pearls of onion; and the signature Qabuli pulao are all highlights.

19. Squires African Restaurant

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272 Barking Rd, East Ham
London E6 3BA, UK

This Nigerian restaurant is still delivering homestyle cuisine from 12:30, making it the ideal indulgent lunch break option. There are special lunch packs available, like jollof and meat meals or asaro — yam pottage — and fish. The fiery pepper soup with tilapia or the delightfully named “executive catfish” comes as a mammoth portion which would ensure leftovers for dinner as well.

20. Mae + Harvey

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414 Roman Rd, Old Ford
London E3 5LU, UK

This East End neighbourhood cafe has once again transformed their space into a fully-functioning food shop stocked with everyday groceries, wine, eggs, flour, take out coffee and sandwiches to-go for locals working from home. Daily lunch menu will be posted on their Instagram Stories, all supplies on offer will be boxed up ready for grab and go to prevent overcrowding.

21. The Laughing Heart

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277 Hackney Rd, Haggerston
London E2 8NA, UK

Go full restaurant-mode at home with owner Charlie Mellor and chef Tom Anglesea. Currently working with a slimmed down menu, but expect an array of dumplings to be finished off at home with condiments, decadent extra add-ons and wines at retail prices via Big Night. 

22. Kate's Cafe and Restaurant

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174 Balaam St
London E13 8RD, UK

Operating a collection service from its restaurant premises, Ghanian favourite Kate’s has thankfully stayed open due to popular demand. Open at 9am, the menu is still much the same. Food goes fast so it is best to ask what is available when calling to place an order. Favourite dishes include the sharing platter — diners can sample a wide range of food from tsofi to plantain — red red bean stew, and jollof, with a choice of meat or fish.

23. Sichuan Folk

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32 Hanbury St, Shadwell
London E1 6QR, UK

Seeking out spicy Sichuan flavours for dinner? The good folks at Sichuan Folk have got it covered. Find smacked cucumber, fiery mapo tofu, dan dan noodles with pork mince, dumplings and spare ribs on the menu. For more traditional Sichuan fare, dishes like fried fish Sichuan-style, ‘Husband and Wife’ beef offal slices and special dry pot meat dishes are also available to order in person and on Deliveroo. 

24. Dumpling Shack

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Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, Spitalfields
London E1 6BG, UK

London’s sheng jian bao and hand-pulled noodle masters are knocking it out the park with their signature hand-made dumplings, biang biang noodles and special Saturday Hong Kong diner-style brunch items. Dumpling Shack and little brother Fen Noodles at Spitalfields Market will be open from Wednesday-Sunday from 11.30am-3pm, entrance will only be from the Lamb Street side and it’s strictly takeaway or on Deliveroo only. Their South Quay sites reopens on 13 January. Keep eyes peeled for their latest offering Sichuan Fry. What started as a special item on their menu has now taken on a life of its own. Look out for mala fried chicken sandwiches, doubanjiang honey hot wings and dan dan loaded cheese fries coming soon.

Sheng jian bao at Dumpling Shack Old Spitalfields Market James Hansen/Eater London

25. St John Bread and Wine

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94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell
London E1 6LZ, UK

All the restaurants are temporarily closed, but London institution St John’s is keeping the capital fed with their glorious, generous pies to share at home. Throughout January, they’ll have a pie schedule in place with new weekly pie flavours up for grabs. Kicking things off this week are spinach and graceburn, chicken, leek and mushroom and beef and Guinness pies. The pies need to be finished off at home in the oven and comes with its very own enamel dish, which diners can keep. Keep your eyes peeled for freshly baked madeleines and bacon sandwiches made to order coming soon. Preorder is available via the online shop, for collection only from St. JOHN Bread and Wine, Spitalfields on Fridays only between 12pm-4pm. 

26. Happy Endings Ice Cream

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Arch 437 Burdett Rd, Mile End
London E3 4AT, UK

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean Londoners won’t scream for ice cream. Happy Endings’ selection of ice cream sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream is the perfect antidote for a shitty start to the year — take a delicious moment during lockdown and order an ice-cold treat. They’re back with a bang with two new collaboration ice cream sandwich flavours with Yard Sale Pizza and Tonkotsu. Click and collect or order for delivery via Slerp. Same-day local delivery within a 3 mile radius from their Mile End site.

Happy Endings [official photo]

27. Zzetta - Soul Fired Pizza

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110 Barking Rd, Canning Town
London E16 1EN, UK

While part of Zzetta’s charm lies in its interior — a large airy space adorned with quotes and anecdotes from old Docklands residents — the pizzas here are also ideal lockdown fare and can be ordered for home delivery. The 48-hour slow risen sourdough base is a wonderful foil for a variety of toppings. As well as the pizzas, the rosemary and garlic bread is a must-try, as is the indulgent smoked ricotta. 

1. Yardarm

238 Francis Rd, Leyton, London E10 6NQ, UK

Francis Road’s darling Yardarm in Leyton is still operating as an essential shop stocked with fresh bread, pastries, cheese, milk, and meats, as well as a food takeaway option for hungry east Londoners. Currently, no hot food option available, but they’re running online wine tasting courses.

238 Francis Rd, Leyton
London E10 6NQ, UK

2. Willy’s pies @ Marmelo & Sons

169 Francis Rd, Leyton, London E10 6NT, UK

Brought to you by ex-Brat chef Will Lewis who’s been hand-making premium fresh pies to order since the first lockdown originally from his home kitchen. Find a seasonal, weekly changing menu with four options; one meat pie, one vegetarian pie and one sweet tart and the mainstay, the treacle tart. All savoury pies arrive ready-to-bake at home. Available for pick up from Marmelo & Sons in Leyton, order on their website or email. They’ll be delivering using good old-fashioned manpower on bikes to North and East on Wednesdays and South and West on Thursdays. 

169 Francis Rd, Leyton
London E10 6NT, UK

3. Arch Rivals

361 Winchelsea Rd, London E7 0AQ, UK

Tucked away in one of Forest Gate’s repurposed archway, Arch Rivals will resume pumping out excellent globetrotting food and drink from 11 January. They’ll be using suppliers to turn the restaurant space into a small store for butchers shop, dry goods and household staples such as beers, wine, cheese and eggs. Their signature toasties are available all-day and can be ordered in-person at the arch or online. However, evening menu will change daily depending on what the kitchen can get from day-to-day, it’s pre-order only and allocates 3 collections per time slot so that there are never more than three people in the arch. 

361 Winchelsea Rd
London E7 0AQ, UK

4. My Neighbours the Dumplings

165 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London E5 8EQ, UK

My Neighbours the Dumplings coming through with the goods. Their Victoria Park site will remain closed throughout lockdown, but their OG Clapton spot is ready and open for collection and delivery orders on their website from their adapted menu that will travel well. They’ve also opened their own online store selling veggie turnip cakes to finish at-home, duck pancake kits, frozen dumplings, sauces and bottled cocktails. 

165 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton
London E5 8EQ, UK

5. OREN

89 Shacklewell Ln, Clapton, London E8 2EB, UK

Mediterranean restaurant Oren is open for pick up through their restaurant window (no access inside) and deliveries via their website. They’ll be baking challahs and pitas daily, as well as stocking up on natural wines, provisions and at-home goods that will be available for local and nationwide deliveries. 

89 Shacklewell Ln, Clapton
London E8 2EB, UK

6. Mangal 2 Restaurant

4 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton, London N16 8BH, UK
Ocakbasi and mezze at Mangal 2, the Turkish restaurant in Dalston that that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city Ola Smit/Eater London

Legendary ocakbasi restaurant will be pumping out their usual charcoal-grilled Turkish mezzes, doner pide and deep-fried helloumi offerings for takeaways only. They’ve paused their deliveries on Big Night and Slerp for now to focus on takeaways. 

4 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton
London N16 8BH, UK

7. The Dusty Knuckle Bakery

Abbot St, Dalston, London E8 3DP, UK

The sourdough purveyor has partnered with suppliers to offer Londoners home essentials such as eggs, bacon and granola. The bakery and kitchen is still open, but no sit-in service allowed and takeout only. Grab sarnies, soups and salads for pre-order and click and collect at time of choosing. Rest assured, distancing measures are also in place, a staggered and quick queue system to help keep crowding to a minimum and the majority of food is pre-packed to reduce risk. Can’t make it East? They’ll have a roving milk float offering a selection of goods on weekends heading to different nearby locations at certain times. They’ll post the full week’s schedule on their website and Instagram Stories.

Abbot St, Dalston
London E8 3DP, UK

8. Snackbar @ home

20 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3AZ, UK
Snackbar’s snack muffin in Dalston, on a pink plate George Reynolds

Pickle queen Freddie Janssen’s Dalston neighbourhood cafe has once again turned Snackbar’s dining room into a waiting room for delivery drivers. Catering to the work from home lunchtime crowd, swap the usual boring Pret grab-and-go lunches for ‘Snacky Meals’ that are actually guaranteed to bring happiness, tuna melt, doritos fried chicken sandwich and kimcheeze toasties delivered straight to Londoners via Deliveroo and Big Night. Pick up directly from the restaurant for take away or click and collect is still available. 

20 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AZ, UK

9. Angelina

56 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3AH, UK

Push the boat out and go all out for Dalston-based 8-course takeaway Japanese and Italian-influenced tasting menu at £34 pp. Ideal for the perfect lockdown treat for those wanting a special experience in their own homes: great for lockdown birthdays, anniversaries, or just a special treat. Menu changes bi-weekly, with the first menu featuring the likes of sea bream, truffle and furikake, tuna, lardo and moromi and kakuni Pork. Pre-order for click and collect or delivery of up to 2.5 miles of the restaurant.

56 Dalston Ln, Dalston
London E8 3AH, UK

10. Pidgin

52 Wilton Way, Hackney, London E8 1BG, UK

Pidgin is offering a weekly changing, four-course menu to be collected from the restaurant, at the same level that would normally be eaten at the restaurant. Helpful cards offer reconstitution tips, with this week’s dishes including treviso with sumac, pomegranate molasses and bergamot dressing, confit chicken thigh curry, and a blood orange posset. With an option for additional add-ons such as wine pairings and house cocktails to take eating at home to the next level.

52 Wilton Way, Hackney
London E8 1BG, UK

11. Pophams Bakery - Hackney

197, 205 Richmond Rd, Hackney, London E8 3NJ, UK

Pophams Bakery is still open for takeaway and deliveries, providing Londoners with freshly baked pastries and bread, granola, ready meals, deli items, pasta and alcohol from its Islington and Hackney branches within a one mile radius via Slerp. Use DELIVERYDISCOUNT for £5 off on orders over £30.

197, 205 Richmond Rd, Hackney
London E8 3NJ, UK

12. Hyderabadi Spice

309 High St N, Manor Park, London E12 6SL, UK

Luckily, this biryani house is still delivering to East London postcodes. While its menu remains the same, there is a minimum spend of £35. Luckily, as portions are generous, this should feed a hungry family or those in self-isolation for a couple of days at least. The lamb biryani is obviously a must-try, as are achingly tender murgh malai chicken kebabs, and the tangy stewed lamb dish, achari gosht.

309 High St N, Manor Park
London E12 6SL, UK

13. E5 Bakehouse

395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London E8 3PH, UK
A tray of galettes, cookies, caneles, and tarts on a wire rack, at one of London’s best bakeries, E5 Bakehouse E5 Bakehouse [Official Photo]

The organic bakery and millhouse under the railway arches in Hackney is still up and running seven days a week, offering a condensed breakfast and lunch menu for pre-ordered one-hour takeaway slots and have added more postcodes to their delivery map. Their shelves are stocked with the usual bread, cakes, pastries, organic fruit and veggies, beer and wine, basic baking ingredients including sourdough starters, preserves, and lots of bulk items. Due to high demand, there’s a two loaf limit per customer to give everyone an opportunity to have fresh bread. Maybe, third time round is the time to finally master sourdough? E5 has a selection of online sourdough baking classes to help with lockdown boredom.

395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney
London E8 3PH, UK

14. THATTUKADA LONDON

229 High St N, East Ham, London E6 1JG, UK

This East Ham institution is still running a delivery and takeaway service on reduced hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The streamlined menu features Kerala classics such as biryanis, curries, and breads like parotta. For other favourites, like some of the dry fry items, placing an order in advance the day before could be an option.

229 High St N, East Ham
London E6 1JG, UK

15. Vasantha Vilas Restaurant

206 High St N, East Ham, London E6 2JA, UK

Formerly Vasantha Bhavan (the restaurant sign still bears this name), this Tamil cafe is a new addition to the food delivery apps. Now, it offers its famous South Indian breakfasts and buffets at home, open from 9am instead of 7am, and throughout the day. Dosa, idli and veg thalis are all available to enjoy, as well as a selection of snacks.

206 High St N, East Ham
London E6 2JA, UK

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16. Ahmad's Café

187 Plashet Rd, Plaistow, London E13 0QZ, UK

Ahmad’s Pakistani restaurant is encouraging isolators to stay at home with discounts on their delivery service. Takeaway is also available with a one in, one out system. Highlights of the menu include the sizzling lamb chops, karahi gosht, and the garlic naan — crispy and pillowy in equal measure.

187 Plashet Rd, Plaistow
London E13 0QZ, UK

17. OMBRA

1 Vyner St, London E2 9DG, UK
Pici with parmesan at Ombra in Bethnal Green, one of London’s best waterside restaurants Ombra/Official

Ombra is going to revert back to being lockdown heroes, offering fresh pasta, a brand-new range of pasta sauces, seasonal groceries and wine for pick up from their Hackney site and their own delivery service. Stay tuned, it’ll be accepting takeaway orders once again via their website for antipasti, tiramisu, pasta, lasagne and daily-changing sauces to prepare at home. Coeliacs rejoice! There’ll be a range of gluten-free pasta options available as well. 

1 Vyner St
London E2 9DG, UK

18. Chop and Dooz

Barking Rd, East Ham, London E6 2JT, UK

Don’t be put off by the offer of takeaway pizza and chips on the menu — some of the best Afghan food in the area happens to come out of this little eatery’s doors. Takeaway and delivery are possible and there are few dishes not to love. Borani-e-bademjan, fried aubergines served with yoghurt and dry fruit; chapli kebab, huge lamb patties studded with coriander seeds and pearls of onion; and the signature Qabuli pulao are all highlights.

Barking Rd, East Ham
London E6 2JT, UK

19. Squires African Restaurant

272 Barking Rd, East Ham, London E6 3BA, UK

This Nigerian restaurant is still delivering homestyle cuisine from 12:30, making it the ideal indulgent lunch break option. There are special lunch packs available, like jollof and meat meals or asaro — yam pottage — and fish. The fiery pepper soup with tilapia or the delightfully named “executive catfish” comes as a mammoth portion which would ensure leftovers for dinner as well.

272 Barking Rd, East Ham
London E6 3BA, UK

20. Mae + Harvey

414 Roman Rd, Old Ford, London E3 5LU, UK

This East End neighbourhood cafe has once again transformed their space into a fully-functioning food shop stocked with everyday groceries, wine, eggs, flour, take out coffee and sandwiches to-go for locals working from home. Daily lunch menu will be posted on their Instagram Stories, all supplies on offer will be boxed up ready for grab and go to prevent overcrowding.

414 Roman Rd, Old Ford
London E3 5LU, UK

21. The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Rd, Haggerston, London E2 8NA, UK

Go full restaurant-mode at home with owner Charlie Mellor and chef Tom Anglesea. Currently working with a slimmed down menu, but expect an array of dumplings to be finished off at home with condiments, decadent extra add-ons and wines at retail prices via Big Night. 

277 Hackney Rd, Haggerston
London E2 8NA, UK

22. Kate's Cafe and Restaurant

174 Balaam St, London E13 8RD, UK

Operating a collection service from its restaurant premises, Ghanian favourite Kate’s has thankfully stayed open due to popular demand. Open at 9am, the menu is still much the same. Food goes fast so it is best to ask what is available when calling to place an order. Favourite dishes include the sharing platter — diners can sample a wide range of food from tsofi to plantain — red red bean stew, and jollof, with a choice of meat or fish.

174 Balaam St
London E13 8RD, UK

23. Sichuan Folk

32 Hanbury St, Shadwell, London E1 6QR, UK

Seeking out spicy Sichuan flavours for dinner? The good folks at Sichuan Folk have got it covered. Find smacked cucumber, fiery mapo tofu, dan dan noodles with pork mince, dumplings and spare ribs on the menu. For more traditional Sichuan fare, dishes like fried fish Sichuan-style, ‘Husband and Wife’ beef offal slices and special dry pot meat dishes are also available to order in person and on Deliveroo. 

32 Hanbury St, Shadwell
London E1 6QR, UK

24. Dumpling Shack

Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BG, UK
Sheng jian bao at Dumpling Shack Old Spitalfields Market James Hansen/Eater London

London’s sheng jian bao and hand-pulled noodle masters are knocking it out the park with their signature hand-made dumplings, biang biang noodles and special Saturday Hong Kong diner-style brunch items. Dumpling Shack and little brother Fen Noodles at Spitalfields Market will be open from Wednesday-Sunday from 11.30am-3pm, entrance will only be from the Lamb Street side and it’s strictly takeaway or on Deliveroo only. Their South Quay sites reopens on 13 January. Keep eyes peeled for their latest offering Sichuan Fry. What started as a special item on their menu has now taken on a life of its own. Look out for mala fried chicken sandwiches, doubanjiang honey hot wings and dan dan loaded cheese fries coming soon.

Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, Spitalfields
London E1 6BG, UK

25. St John Bread and Wine

94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell, London E1 6LZ, UK

All the restaurants are temporarily closed, but London institution St John’s is keeping the capital fed with their glorious, generous pies to share at home. Throughout January, they’ll have a pie schedule in place with new weekly pie flavours up for grabs. Kicking things off this week are spinach and graceburn, chicken, leek and mushroom and beef and Guinness pies. The pies need to be finished off at home in the oven and comes with its very own enamel dish, which diners can keep. Keep your eyes peeled for freshly baked madeleines and bacon sandwiches made to order coming soon. Preorder is available via the online shop, for collection only from St. JOHN Bread and Wine, Spitalfields on Fridays only between 12pm-4pm. 

94-96 Commercial St, Shadwell
London E1 6LZ, UK

26. Happy Endings Ice Cream

Arch 437 Burdett Rd, Mile End, London E3 4AT, UK
Happy Endings [official photo]

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean Londoners won’t scream for ice cream. Happy Endings’ selection of ice cream sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream is the perfect antidote for a shitty start to the year — take a delicious moment during lockdown and order an ice-cold treat. They’re back with a bang with two new collaboration ice cream sandwich flavours with Yard Sale Pizza and Tonkotsu. Click and collect or order for delivery via Slerp. Same-day local delivery within a 3 mile radius from their Mile End site.

Arch 437 Burdett Rd, Mile End
London E3 4AT, UK

27. Zzetta - Soul Fired Pizza

110 Barking Rd, Canning Town, London E16 1EN, UK

While part of Zzetta’s charm lies in its interior — a large airy space adorned with quotes and anecdotes from old Docklands residents — the pizzas here are also ideal lockdown fare and can be ordered for home delivery. The 48-hour slow risen sourdough base is a wonderful foil for a variety of toppings. As well as the pizzas, the rosemary and garlic bread is a must-try, as is the indulgent smoked ricotta. 

110 Barking Rd, Canning Town
London E16 1EN, UK

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