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The Laughing Heart

  • Hackney
  • Supper
  • ££££

New-wave wine bar and restaurant focusing on entirely natural and biodynamic wines. Each plate more delicious than the last.


277 Hackney Road, London, E2 8NA
+44 (0) 20 7686 9535
Opening Times
Wine Bar
Mon-Sat 18.30–02.00

Mon-Sat 18.30–01.00

Off License
Mon-Sat 2pm–2am
Insider Information
Bookings are recommended. The bar is available for walk-ins.


  • Evening Standard

    Evening Standard Says…

    Were money no object and with a suitably large group of friends it would be possible to conduct several vertical tastings from some of the most accomplished producers in the world of biodynamic wines. Le Coste from Lazio in central Italy has a whole page to itself of bottles “wild and full of detail, fascinating and pure, contemplative and delicious”.

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  • The Guardian

    The Guardian Says…

    The Laughing Heart is one of the new breed of wine bars that are enjoying something of a starry moment right now, just about the only good news from 2016. Rather than plonk and pasta, they offer long, thoughtful, risk-taking wine lists and proper cooking in jovial, unstuffy environments: the sort of place in which I’d happily piss away the rest of my days...The fact that it’s often open until the dangerous hours of the morning is evidence of that hospitality – we leave at nearly one-ish, and people are still piling through the doors. There’s some singing. A lot of drinking (not all of it from us). And, yes, a whole lot of unbuttoned, big-hearted fun.

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  • Hot Dinners

    Hot Dinners Says…

    Here's an East London opening you can expect to see the critics beating a path to soon. The Laughing Heart is a new late night wine bar, dining room and offy. So far, so very Hackney. But it's the folk behind it you need to take note of. It's run by Australian Charlie Mellor who has been working on the floor at P Franco, Elliot's, Brawn and Primeur. Head chef is Tom Anglesea who comes here via Chiltern Firehouse, The Red Lion Inn, Rockpool, and Per Se. Front of house is Cedric Maillard who used to be Head Sommelier at Sager + Wilde. A pretty impressive team then. And what will make it an immediate hit with London's restaurant folk is that the kitchen will be open till 1am and the bar/off licence until 2am.

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