Shoreditch pubs

Shoreditch has fast become the coolest place to party in London. There are bars popping up all over, here is our list of the best Shoreditch bars to ensure you have a night to remember



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Although Shoreditch may be better known for trendy cocktail bars and cool clubs, there are also plenty of great pubs. From the grand and glamourous Princess of Shoreditch to charming little boozers such as Wenlock Arms, Time Out will show you the best places to bend an elbow in Shoreditch. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.


  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The Fox is an after-work magnet on Thursdays and Fridays, when you can hardly see the bar for bodies. Outside peak hours, though, it’s a very pleasant place for a drink, just far enough from Shoreditch’s main drag to ensure that it isn’t dominated by bright young things. Plus points include

  1. 28 Paul Street, EC2A 4LB
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Princess of Shoreditch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Up the spiral staircase from the bustling downstairs bar, the dining room at this 250-year-old corner premises is a good-looking, cosy space. A dozen linen-clothed tables – candlelit at night – are served by a small team of young, efficient staff. Choosing from a menu that included wild boar

  1. 76-78 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
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Well & Bucket

  • Rated as: 4/5

When a pub closes, as this one did way back in 1989, the worst thing that can happen to it is to be turned into a Tesco Metro. Next bad, demolition, followed by change of use to chicken shop or bookies. But sometimes, a pub comes back from the dead. Not in a creepy, zombie way, but a joyous,

  1. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 7DG
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Commercial Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5

Its authentically traditional pub exterior jutting out into Commercial Street like a ship’s prow, the Commercial Tavern is a wantonly wacky revamp outpost of the Hoxton boho bar beat. Polaroids of 24-hour party people, a whole wall of Interview magazine covers and a cluster of retro lampshades

  1. 142 Commercial Street, E1 6NU
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Water Poet

  • Rated as: 3/5

Buried away off Bishopsgate in a cobbled corner close to Spitalfields Market where city suits and Shoreditch collide, the Water Poet is a multi-tasking gem with a bar, restaurant, cool pool parlour, a downstairs theatre and a super-duper sun-trap of a beer garden. Adorned in dishevelled decadence,

  1. 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
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Queen of Hoxton

The Queen of Hoxton – pub, club and everything in between – offers an eclectic mix over two fun floors, with DJs playing on a cutting-edge disco/house tip on the weekends, while film nights, fringe theatre and food often take centre-stage during the week. Their huge rooftop is one of the

  1. 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX
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