And while the corporate chains may try to capture the ambience of these places in a can to be sprayed around their various branches, places like E. Pellicci will always remain emblazed on our cultural memories.

Where else can you see what English Heritage called a stylish and architecturally strong building, with a rich deco-panelled interior still so intact? Where else can you experience a 1946 refit combining art deco marquetry, stained glass, sepia family pictures, an Expressionist-style logo on the floor, and a Catholic shrine behind the bar? E. Pellicci is an open window to the glory days of now vintage cafes, and one which should never be shut.

Plus the food is pretty amazing too!

E. Pellicci 332 Bethnal Green Road, E2.

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