Beloved East End institution that’s open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Although it gets especially busy when it’s chucking out time for the pubs and clubs, a visit at breakfast or lunchtime is just as likely to end up with you queuing. But it’s a multisensory treat, particularly in the small hours, from the sight of worse-for-wear clubbers and local characters to the sweet smell of baking that overpowers the many more unpleasant scents wafting along Brick Lane. The shop itself doesn’t look like it’s been refitted since the ’60s. The bagels – or more properly beigels – are freshly boiled and baked on the premises and are smaller than the imported American variety you find in the supermarket. Also available plain, they’re filled with slabs of salt beef, heaps of herring or an abundance of cream cheese and salmon. For afters, the cakes are just as generously proportioned.