Right on the Regent’s Canal, The Proud Archivist is a modish new venue bringing a warm glow to Haggerston. Aiming to recapture the stimulating – and stimulated – atmosphere of London’s grand coffee
houses of yore, it’s open all day every day, hosts regular exhibitions and is ready to tackle events too. The food is bang up to date – seasonal, sustainable British fare – and there’s 5,000sq ft
of space for anything from an art show to a Christmas party. Summer events might be best held among the ducks and table football on the outdoor Terrace.