Dinner and Drinks
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.
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
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|
2-4 Redchurch Street
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.
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.
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.
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.
117 Kingsland High St
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
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.