It sounds like some hip New York hang-out. And when the SE1 set roll in around 6pm on a Friday, it looks like one too. Award-winning eatery Village East is almost too buff to down a bottle of Burgundy or a Bermondsey Breeze cocktail in – those shiny wooden-floors and exposed bricks really just don’t deserve to be dripped and splashed on. Whether its shiny tables for a tender tête-à-tête, bar stools for the uninvolved upright type, or creme 70s swivel loungers, Village East has a home for the slick and the slouch. The open-plan diner is equally worth a visit on a Sunday, when a meal can be ordered later than in most ‘sorry-the kitchen-is-closed’ London eateries. We must be in New York. Wholesome food served by slick, smiley staff, in an area of London which has so far avoided becoming just another high street.