277 Hackney Road, E2 8NA
The Laughing Heart brought late-night dining to Hackney Road, and their mix of intriguing natural wines and pared-back small plates makes for a tempting proposition whether you’re on your way into Shoreditch or making a pit stop on the way home. Stay upstairs for Tom Anglesea’s British-focused menu (sea kale tempura and Dorset crab are UJ faves) and don’t miss the Cave (tucked behind TLH’s Off Licence) for private dining; it’s also available to hire. The best part about coming here? The attention to detail. From those much-loved personal cutlery drawers built into the tables to homemade sourdough, it all adds up to a lot more than a mere late-night wine bar.