Saturday, 4 June 2011

Shoreditch - After Dark

Dinner and Drinks


Lounge Lover
No. 1 Whitby Street
London E1 6JU

Perfect for pre dinner drinks before heading over to sister restaurant Le Trois Garcon for dinner. The interior is an incredible Aladin's cave of antique furniture and objet d'art. Delicious cocktails in a decadent venue. Good for a first date (if you're not paying!)

Le Trois Garcon
1 Club Row
London E1 6JX

Owned by the same eccentric trio as Lounge Lover, Hasan, Micheal and Stefan are from Malaysia, France and Sweden respectively. They bought the converted Victorian Pub back in 1996 to live in, filling it with chandeliers, taxidermy and exaggerated decor. It opened as a restaurant in 2000. Le trois Garcon is a well loved fixture on the Shoreditch food scene.

The Book Club
100 – 106 Leonard Street

Art gallery, poetry readings, dance, music, film, cocktails, storytelling, whatever floats your boat The Book Club is a creative hub of fun and socialising every night of the week. Check the website for listings.

Callooh Callay
65 Rivington Street

Think Alice in Wonderland set in a retro modernist world. Worth popping in for a drink just to see the quirky interior.

Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
2 Hoxton Street
N1 6NG

It's an oldie but a goody. A lot of Hoxton Square feels over commercialised with visiting groups of hen and stag do's on weekend nights. But Hoxton Square Bar has managed to retain its cool ranking by hosting great underground DJ's and live bands in the back room club. The outdoor smoking terrace is fit to burst on weekends. Its free to get in but arrive early (before 10pm) to avoid queueing.

Eat, Drink, Sleep

The Boundary roof terrace
The Boundary
2-4 Redchurch Street
E2 7DD

Great for drinks on the gorgeous rooftop terrace and brunch on sunny sundays. Slightly more pricey than your average Shoreditch haunt but the view makes it worth the price tag. The Albion Cafe downstairs has outdoor seating and is an easy lunch option, last time I went I bumped into fashion designer Richard Nicoll and stopped for a latte. For a good hotel base in Shoreditch, The Boundary Rooms are light, airy, beautifully designed and in a great location.

The Albion Cafe

The pool at Shoreditch House

Shoreditch House
Ebor Street
 E1 6AW
T: +44 (0)20 7739 5040

Shoreditch House is a private members club with a strict door policy, no entry unless you're a member or accompanied by one, alternatively you can pay to be a guest in the Shoreditch Rooms, the hotel section of the house. The crowd is mainly media and creative types and the dress code is laid back but stylish, no-suits allowed. For the best place for pampering in Shoreditch head to the Cowshed Spa on the ground floor (open to non members as long as you book in advance). The pool parties on bank holiday weekends are riotous, a little bit of Ibiza in East London! The bars and restaurants throughout the building are always buzzing come evening. Part of the fashionable Soho House group, Shoreditch House has become an East London institution and a fashion industry favourite.

cowshed spa

Late Night Shoreditch

If private members clubs and roof terraces are a bit too clean for your taste then grungy late night venues and dive bars are easy to come by in the East London.

The Macbeth
70 Hoxton St
London N1 6LP

Just a five minute walk from Hoxton Square The Macbeth is a pub, live music venue and has an outdoor roof area filled to the rafters with grungy hip hoxtonites. Prices - cheap.

Dalston Superstore
117 Kingsland High St
E8 2PB
020 7254 2273

Edgy up and coming area Dalston is a short taxi ride away from Shoreditch.
This is the home of the East London cool kids, head to Dalston after dark and you'll see this is the place to be. Dress code - fashion, grungy, creative. Footballers wives need not apply.

91 Kingsland High Street


E8 2PB

The ultimate too cool for school venue.
A neon lit grimy staircase leading to a dimly lit basement dive bar, its hot, sweaty and according to Elle's fashion assistants the coolest after hours club in East London, if you don't mind sticking to the floor.

Shoreditch - Shopping

Hoxton Square

Good Hood
41 Coronet Street, N1 6HD
Menswear and womenswear, clothing and lifestyle store off Hoxton Square, for the design conscious couple.

Hoxton Boutique
2 Hoxton Street
 N1 6NG
 A nice mix of womenswear and quirky costume jewellery at reasonable price points.

Rivington Street

Start Boutique
42-44 Rivington Street
Owned by TV personality Brix Start Smith of Gok's Fashion Fix fame, Start is the uber fashionista's go to store in East London for the latest Alexander Wang bag, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and Carven dress. Basically, it's a label junky's idea of heaven.

Redchurch Street

41-43 Redchurch Street,
E2 7DJ

Edgy menswear store housing urban brands and fashion labels like Rick Owens, Thom Brown and Haider Ackermann in an atmospherically lit deconstructed interior.

APC store
5a Redchurch St
E2 7DJ

French label APC's new shoebox sized store is the latest addition to trendy Redchurch Street.


3 Redchurch Street,
E2 7DJ

Quirky and eccentric interior decoration store, great for gift ideas.

11 Boundary
11 Boundary Street
E2 7JE

A relative new comer to the area, 11 Boundary is an beautifully styled womenswear boutique with a great range wearable clothing at an affordable price.  

Shoreditch - Street Style

The best way to gauge what to wear when you're there, is to look to the street. The style code in East London is urban, eclectic and dressed down.  Redchurch Street has recently undergone regeneration with the welcome addition of new bars, restaurants and shops. At the opening of the new APC store, an intimate event turned into a huge street party, as is often the way in this part of town. So I took the opportunity to take some snapshots of the best dressed people.



Wedge heels - wear it your way
Naomi and Ella
A cute couple
The boys
Sam and friends
Even pets in Shoreditch make an effort, Derek wears: neon patent collar.

Shoreditch - Food


 A little bit off the beaten track, but creates the most beautiful flower bouquets and delicious catering for events. Great coffee if you fancy a bit of a change. Not the prettiest location though.

92 Hoxton St

Leila's on Arnold Circus 

Leila’s is two shops dating back to the 1890's,  lovingly restored to its original glory. One is a food shop with fresh and dry foods, including smoked Topolski sausages. The other is a cafĂ© which serves a scrumptious brunch menu.

Leila’s shop
17 Calvert Avenue
 E2 7JP

Leila's fresh locally sourced produce

The Food Hall
374 - 378 Old Street

The Food Hall on Old Street (East) next to the Shoreditch Town Hall is a fantastic deli, it serves great coffee and has an amazing cheese room. Go before Easter and expect a veritable chocolate feast.

The Food hall

For other food recommendations see also 'After Dark' for:
The Boundary,
The Albion Cafe,
Shoreditch House,
Les Trois Garcon,

See Columbia Road Flower Market for:
The Royal Oak