For restaurants we usually stay in Stokey (Stoke Newington). Istanbul 9 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 (071-254 7291) is the best. It's smart, only about pounds 25 for two with house wine. They don't mind small kids, and it's open to 6am] Ridley Road Bagels, off Kingsland High St, Stoke Newington is great too - it's 24 hour. They do everything from soup to fairy cakes, and it's really buzzing around 3am - you get fly guys in shades driving fast Saabs, night duty cops and bleary-eyed clubbers all together.
I can severely recommend the South Bank Centre (071-921 0600) just for a drink, as it's one of the only public bars with a river terrace in central London. But the best pub is the Trolley Stop 28 Stamford Rd, N1 (071- 241 0581). It's an Irish pub with live music in the back room and great stouts. The main room has the greenest of green lights above the bar . . . oh, and the pool table's round.
Timothy London plays in Oosh, formerly Soho. They appear at Hubble & Co, 55 Charterhouse St, London EC1 tomorrow (Sat), plus DJs, 9pm-6am, pounds 5. Oosh's single 'The View' is out on 15 AugReuse content