by Annette Russell

May 2013

Annette left the music industry to set up a modern boutique b&b in East London. Having lived in Hackney for over a decade, she wanted to create a place that she and her friends would want to stay at. A favourite among the creative industries and intrepid travelers, Russell’s is a home from home in the city.



The perfect breakfast

It’s difficult to choose just one! At the moment I am seriously craving the porridge with molasses, and fried eggs with sage, both from Leila’s in Shoreditch. I also really want to check out the Mariachi brunch at Shrimpy’s in Kings Cross. Counter Café in Hackney Wick is really good too, and you can look over the Olympic Park while you eat.

Your favourite home delivery

There is a really good local Indian takeaway called Massala Hut, which never lets me down.

Your best kept secret place

The Hackney Pearl in Hackney Wick is a real treasure, tucked away on the edge of an industrial estate but always buzzing, and the food is consistently good. There is also the Anchor & Hope pub on the Lea Canal, an untouched East London boozer full of characters.

The Sunday lunch

There are some great pubs for Sunday lunch in Hackney. I really like The Kenton, halfway between my b&b and Victoria Park, and The Londesborough in Stoke Newington.

Your Anniversary restaurant

I tend to eat out in low key, relaxed places most of the time so for an anniversary I’d probably want to push the boat out and go posh. I’ve never been to the River Café so that would be nice.

The dinner with friends

I want to take all my friends to recently opened The Clove Club. The food is outstanding, the service impeccable, and the music and the interior is perfectly pitched. You can keep it casual in the bar or be a little more grown up in the dining room next door.

If you lost your keys, in which hotel would you spend a night?

I have never stayed at either, but am intrigued by The Rookery and Hazlitt’s – both historic, quirky, small hotels in great areas.


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