Jason Allen 26/05/24


East London just got a new temple of good food, good wine, and good music, called Bambi…

…and trust us, you’re going to fawn over it.

It comes to us from James Dye, one of the co-owners behind one of the best rooftop bars in LondonFrank’s Cafe. But this place is very much on the ground.


You’ll find it at the foot of Netil House in London Fields, in the old space that was formerly occupied by Bright. And true to the name it’s a bright venue indeed, with an array of floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the place with light. At least, that’s what happens when the sun is out. At dinner however, when the sun dips below the horizon, the DJs take over and the place becomes awash with the mellow glow of candles. It’s all stool seating, lining the tables, bars, and countertops, with a huge set of speakers flanking a mini library of vintage vinyl at the back.

So, taking the three elements one at a time, here’s what’s going on:


The food is all marshalled by chef Dan Chambers, who’s plating up casual wine-friendly numbers like soy-glazed fried chicken wings; grilled peaches with lemon ricotta; platters of oysters and Serrano ham on toast. And on Sundays, the Ling Ling’s team swing by for a weekly takeover. If you’ve not caught any of their pop ups to date, just know that they serve fantastic Chinese & Vietnamese food, which here includes poached king prawns; chicken & water chestnut wontons; and doubanjiang mushrooms.

The booze meanwhile all revolves around the wine list, and the wine list revolves around natural & low-intervention bottles from across the globe, with plenty available by the glass. After that, there are cocktails, which swing from a light Bambi Martini, to a considerably punchier frozen tequila & coffee number.


The music is what drives the atmosphere at Bambi, and it’s all pumped out through a high-spec vintage sound system (but you can still hold a conversation without shouting, which is nice) and the records are all be plucked from a custom-built wall of vinyl. Resident selector Charlie Dark MBE is in charge of both the tunes and the various guest DJs who get to spin them, and the party goes on until 1am on weekends.

We can only imagine that Thumper would approve.


NOTE: Bambi is open now. You can find out more at the website right here.

Previous perk: Nudge Members enjoyed a pair of exclusive secret soft launches at the space on 18th & 19th October, with 50% off the food bill. Don’t miss the next one: sign up for a free trial.

Bambi | 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL

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1 Westgate Street, London Fields, East London, E8 3RL

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