The scene surrounding clubs in Shoreditch is large and super diverse. From the impressive roof terrace at the Queen of Hoxton to the inimitable rock nights at alternative music mainstay, the Old Blue Last, Shoreditch clubs have something to offer even the most seasoned clubber. For hip, hedonistic hang-outs, have a ganders at Time Out’s guide to clubs in Shoreditch.
Clubs in Shoreditch
It doesn’t sound like a place for an exciting night out, but behind the sedate name is one of the most consistently creative bars in London. The Book Club is a popular, laid back, lived-in basement bar that originally helped Hoxton earn its hip title, and in intervening years little has changed down in the basement, which remains plain and comfortable. You could visit for the drinks alone: cocktails are served in glasses or jugs to share, and come with names like Don’t Go To Dalston, or the Lorraine Kelly (made with tangy grapefruit and rum) – the emphasis is on fun and easy drinkability rather than serious mixology. (A better beer selection would be welcome, however.) You could visit for the food: breakfast starts at 8am, when the laptop tappers who work in the area use it for off-the-cuff morning meetings; lunch and dinner are simple but filling and homely, with a small menu including the likes of bar snacks, nachos and sharing platters (worth a punt). Or – and this is what sets Book Club apart – you could visit for the packed timetable of events, which includes bands, DJs, lunchtime discos, film dance-a-longs, alternative dating nights, ping-pong tournaments, informative talks, life drawing and classic video game nights. The young and relaxed crowd that pack into the spacious artwork-dotted space and its atmospheric basement are here for a bit of everything.
Venue says: “Effortlessly fusing the concepts of the modern street food market and the pop-up retail mall!”
Refitted shipping containers plonked artfully underneath the elevated Shoreditch High Street Overground station make up this contemporary shopping and eating mall. Installed in late 2011, Boxpark is founded by Boxfresh entrepreneur Roger Wade who, with developers Hammerson and Ballymore, has filled the mall with labels such as Evisu, Wandering Minds and Scandi-inspired fashion stores Swedish Hasbeens and Nordic Poetry plus unique jewelry from Astrid & Miyu and food and drink outfits Voodoo Ray's, Falafelicious and Poptata. Taking up a small corner of The Goodsyard, a 4.7-hectare site running alongside Bethnal Green Road, it seems Boxpark is the first of a series of developments on the former wasteland that could see up to 2000 new homes, office and retail space and leisure facilities.
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 funnest in London too – with an enormous wigwam set up during the winter months.
Venue says: “Check out our events page for a full list of fun for the next 30 days!”
The tagline for this Old Street party spot-cum event space is 'eats, beats, booze', which sounds about right. And if you wanna know where the magic happens? Take a secret staircase from Old Street station and you'll find it – slap-bang in the middle of Old Street roundabout. Expect street food vendors, artisan coffee, cocktails and craft beers, with regular parties featuring well-known DJs playing house and disco, mostly. Food currently comes courtesy of White Men Can't Jerk, Burger Bear and FFS – a vegan food stall serving US-style food and salads. The venue gets covered over for the winter in October and keeps partying throughout the winter months - look out for special events.