The Natural Philosopher


Step through The Macsmiths, a functional Mac repair shop on Hackney Road to find East London’s hidden gem.

Through to the bar you'll find an overgrown jungle of plants, art, and antiques amongst the comfortable atmosphere of this cosy venue. The art adorning the walls is very much a talking point but none more so than the sunken bar, a centre piece to a gorgeous venue, reminiscent of an orchestral pit.

The bar has been an East London secret for over 5 years and is now operating under the ownership of award winning bartender Josh Powell. His philosophy towards cocktails is to look at the flavours and effects of natural remedies and herbal medicine, often using foraged ingredients from the local area and further afield to find inspiration.

Happy Hour runs Tuesday to Thursday 6-8pm where guests can expect to relax with a selection of classic cocktails available for just £6. The main menu changes seasonally to embrace the unusual flavours available throughout the year, with cocktails such as the 'Macadamia' featuring Toasted Macadamia infused Reyka Vodka, Salted Strawberry Cordial and Macadamia Oil.

The NP Pickleback is a firm favourite with local and industry regulars alike; easily able to convert the most skeptical of pickle haters. Enquire within about Pickleback Club if you're a pickle lover.

We also offer £6 selected drinks on Sundays to those working within the hospitality industry. just bring a payslip or other proof of employment within a bar, restaurant or hotel.

A small range of bar snacks is on offer with the Truffle and Pecorino Mixed Nuts being a particular highlight.

In the particular climate the bar has adopted safety regulations to reduce the spread of COVID 19 amongst guests and therefore capacity is limited. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Please note we are not accepting parties bigger than 6 at this time, in line with government guidelines and due to the small size of the venue. Please note we require a £6 per person deposit to discourage no-shows. This will be taken off the bill on the night. If you need to cancel your booking please email or text us directly with a minimum of 3 hours notice and we will refund the deposit. Please note we cannot refund deposits if we are not given sufficient notice. The Natural Philosopher is open Tuesday to Sunday.

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What's on


Offer Availability
Happy Hour £6 Selected Classics
£6 Selected Classic Cocktails
Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00
Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00
Thursday 18:00 – 20:00
Sunday Hospitality Staff Offers £6


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • Disabled Toilets
  • No door charge


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 18:00 23:30
Tuesday 18:00 23:30
Wednesday 18:00 23:30
Thursday 18:00 23:30
Friday 18:00 1:00
Saturday 15:00 1:00
Sunday 16:00 23:30



The Natural Philosopher, 489, Hackney Road, E2 9ED



Nearest Station

Cambridge Heath (Rail)

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Whole Venue Venue Hire 0 0 - £450 £1100

The Natural Philosopher is available for private hire for a maximum of 35 people Tuesday-Sunday.

Private hire requires a deposit of 20% up front for booking confirmation. This will be put towards the required minimum spend which will be discussed when fine tuning the details of the booking.

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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