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In case you didn’t know, Scandinavia is cool right now. The food, the fashion, the facial hair – plus the Vikings have invaded the British Museum. All we need next is a healthy economy, a reliable public transport system and a sense of social justice, and London will be indistinguishable from Oslo.

Meanwhile in Hackney, there’s yet another Northern European-inspired incursion. Or apparently so: the website claims this bar-restaurant-club draws on ‘a Nordic aesthetic’, although it’s not immediately obvious within. Oslo occupies the previously deserted old Hackney rail station and takes on a bit of a railway theme with its luggage-rack lighting, plus there are industrial stylings that give the whole place a Janet Jackson ‘Rhythm Nation’ video feel.

The restaurant part is rather fancy, its food incorporating a few of the forages, pickles, jellies and marinations of New Nordic cooking. The kitchen is regularly given over to guest chefs, and you have to book – it’s always heaving.

Eat in the bar and the food is more straightforward. Where once the standard snack in pubs was a toastie, sausage roll or pork pie, now it’s the slider or fried chicken. These are served alongside frankly obscene portions of chips, slathered with the likes of cured bacon fat and bacon salt, or braised oxtail, gravy and cheese. There’s a commendable range of craft beers from the vicinity, including a couple from Five Points Brewing just five minutes up the road at the Downs.

Head upstairs and you’ll find all sorts of musical happenings including club nights and very of-the-moment bands playing. So to sum up: Hackney location, trendy name, fancy cooking, local craft beers, cutting-edge sounds. Does that make Oslo sound, well, a bit wanky? Nor-way! The bar is relaxed, the beautiful staff are friendly, the welcome is warm. Everyone: get to Oslo quick.


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We are a live-music venue, bar and kitchen in the heart of Hackney. Drawing on a Nordic aesthetic, top-quality food and drinks are served alongside an exciting music programme in a unique, redeveloped railway station space. Situated next door to Hackney Central on Amhurst Road, Oslo is a daytime hub to meet and greet, and a night-time destination for socialising, eating and enjoying an array of music.

The food menu places an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and produce, including an impressive array of craft beers, ales and spirits from local suppliers. Food is served all day, from lunch meetings through to late night get-togethers.
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By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: Oslo
Address: 1a
Amhurst Rd
E8 1LL
Transport: Hackney Central Overground
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As you exit Hackney Central station you'll encounter this great restaurant/ bar/ music venue that is pretty cool.

I happened to be in the Hackney area and was looking for a place to grab something to eat and wandered in here out a of pure curiosity. I ordered the fish finger sandwich and side of chips with some ginger ale. The portion was massive and the fish fingers were properly battered fish pieces, no frozen fish fingers here! These were perfectly flavoured and satisfyingly good. In fact the sandwich was so large I needn’t of bothered ordering the chips. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere with a mix of large tables and smaller tables. I noted quite a few places were reserved for the evening so I’m guessing this is a popular place to hangout come evening time. The service was very good and efficient and the decor is quirky but not scandanvian as you’d expect from the name of the place. Upstairs there is a music venue where lots of live acts place during the evenings and weekends.

Chloe W

Oslo is an all-day eating and drinking establishment in Hackney, built in the arches of a former railway station. Its wooden interior give it the hint of a Nordic-theme without it being too in-your-face while the low-hanging lights, covered with tie-die material, create a cool vibe that is relaxing over dinner and perfect for continuing late in to the night.

The first round of cocktails was kept fairly simple – a margarita and a Boston sour. The margarita was nice, but could have done with a bit more tang, and a bit more of a tequila kick. Again, the Boston sour was okay, but it was a tad watery and needed to be a bit sourer to live up to its name. A fairly average start to the night.

Luckily for us, from this point on the cocktails improved. Next came two salted caramel martinis. Wow. A rich, caramel flavour gave way to a smooth but potent martini which you couldn’t help but mmn at. It was quite large so, as we began to get towards the bottom, it was becoming a tad sickly sweet for me – but then I always have preferred something a bit dryer when it comes to my drinks. Would I order again though… definitely.

We briefly took a break from the liquid dinner to try some of the food that Oslo offers. Everything on the menu looked very tempting, so the Fra Land sharing board seemed the best way to go. This comprised of crispy squid, Norwegian sausage, homemade meatballs, salted beef, onion rings, cornichons and toasted sour dough, with an extra portion of sweet potato fries.

The crispy squid really was crispy, light and very moreish, so it came as a surprise that the onion rings were a bit greasy. The Norwegian sausage had a great amount of smoke, but not so much that it overpowered all the other flavours, and the salted beef was tender. The meatballs were also good, if a touch salty

We finished the evening with one more cocktail each. An old fashioned – a classic cocktail made by mixing sugars with bitters, and adding whiskey was a great way to finish a good evening, although not as theatrical as my flaming mai tai which arrived with the sugar cube very much alight. Impressive. Once blown out, it left a very drinkable mai tai indeed.

My verdict? Oslo is a great place to go for a catch up with friends that, with a regular and exciting live music program, can easily take you from day to night. I’d happily spend another evening or two there. 

Pauline F

On my birthday I wanted to go to a club with a nice vibe, to be able to dance but not on electronic music necessarily. I was a bit unsure of the choice, but I was positively surprise on the atmosphere on a Saturday night. As a group of ten 30-something Londoners and tourists, we all agreed we liked the place very much and stayed until closing time,  after arrivinf around 1am. The club was not too crowded in the downstairs area with not such a long queue at the bar, which is always a plus. The bar staff was quick and nice. With two floors, you will find music you like and want to dance to. As any club, be careful of your belongings as my friend's jacket was stolen! But otherwise it's a great place to come and party! 


Not sure how Scandinavian this is. It's a Hackney pub without being too hipster, and generally pleasant. We tried a few things from the food menu, and seemed decent enough even if it wasn't amazing. Late weekend afternoon it was busy, but relaxed.

Sarah R

Located next to Hackney Central station this is absolutely wonderful restaurant with trendy interiors. Vibes are chilled and welcoming , staff very friendly. Food was delicious and music good. What else to say? Definitely coming back for more!

Can't wait to visit it again for any of the upcoming concerts!


I happened to be in Hackey Central on a Wednesday and had just under an hour to kill and needed some grub! There's really not that many good restaurants in Hackney Central, unless you like fried chicken or are prepared to walk a little bit further. Luckily there's Oslo, situated at the bottom of the exit from the station, win! I had never been here before and was greeted with a warm welcome and taken to one of the tables and was poured a glass of water. The setting is lovely - dimmed lighting, quirky seating, flowers on each table and a huge bar opposite the seating area with couples enjoying drinks. The food menu is not standard, it had plenty of 'oooh I'd like to try that' options but being in a hurry my friend and I decided to order the 'Fra Platter' to share. This included a selection of crispy squid, Norwegian sausage, meatballs, salted beef, onion rings , cornichons, and sourdough toast and pita bread on the side. Best decision ever, it was absolutely delicious. After posting the photo on social media I've had so many friends asking where I had this, so I have provided the photo below.


When this place first opened I kept calling it ‘solo’ until I re-adjusted my normal line of vision and looked at the sign from a more designy perspective. Like the logo, the inside is minimally stylish, drawing inspiration from Scandinavian influences. Downstairs hosts a cool setting of fancy fixtures and a relaxed vibe for dining, dancing to smooth grooves of soul and motown classics, and generally chilling with your buddies. Upstairs is darker and dingier for people more interested in pulling shapes to dancier beats and grimey hip hop. The large dimly lit dance floor allows you to get in the zone. It’s a great neighbour bar, dining room and club for Hackney-ites, and is ideally located next to Hackney Central overground and by the many bus stops of Amhurst Road for those coming from further a-field. A special bonus is the huge jar of deliciously refreshing free cucumber water, between dances I very much enjoyed topping up my liquid levels like a geek at the bar. Staying hydrated is important kids.

Jennifer S

Had a nice meal here tonight. I got the FRA FELTET (V)


The pomegranate arils, spinach and beetroot was a tasty blend with the broccolini but I enjoyed the 'shrooms even more. And even MORE, the aubergine dip with a slight kick and rich smokey flavour. The plate comes with toasted, small bread pieces and a delicious small pot of olive oil.

They also recently got take-away boxes so kudos.

My husband said his Marrakesh burger was OK. We both dug the sweet potato fries; crispy with a slight kick.

Lila R

So much offered under one roof! Good food in the restaurant and lots of fun to be had upstairs. Only issue is the seating in the restaurant/bar is a bit hit and miss. You could all end up just sitting in a line next to each other next to the DJ if you're not careful.

Dianne H

One of my favourite music venues to visit in London.  Pop into the bar downstairs for a swift pre-gig beer and then head upstairs to where the magic happens.  I've been to 3 gigs so far and the acoustics are bang on every time for...as it's a small area it always seems more like an intimate secret of a concert for music fans which is just lovely.  Right beside the Hackney Central too for getting yourself home

b g

Can't call as you get a mail box which is full, no response to email via website, cramped venue with as many tables as poss which is more uncomfortable than necessary for diners, the bar runs along one side of restaurant so drinkers continually crowd and knock into diners which ruined the night literally of our people at that end of the table, narrow table smothered in glasses we had to ask forbthem to be removed so we could move, slate tiles used a plates too big for the table, waiting staff were lovely but did not tell us that the kitchen closed at 10.30pm and said sorry no dessert, they could have told us to order in advance to get pudding, really poor just to be told we couldn't have anything else. As it was a birthday we had left cakes with the hostess to bring out as a surprise but the waitress knew nothing about it. We have upset stomachs the morning after.

This place could be lovely but they just haven't bothered to think it through, really sloppy and lazy.  On the plus side music was excellent. Would like to tell you food was good as it was at the time but they have made us bloody ill!

Emily A

It's cool without being pretentious and it plays great dance music on the weekend.




Great bar - great club - and from what I saw great food also. A nice relaxed atmosphere downstairs and a pumping night upstairs. On a personal level. The staff are great and extremely helpful!

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Nice location (though don't come out of Hackney Wick station the wrong way, or Google Maps gets very confused!) I went to review a single party on Valentine's Day - I wouldn't recommend going there for a romantic dinner - it looked a bit of a cattle market downstairs, with couples practically seated in each other's laps!  But the downstairs space was really fun after dinner.  Head upstairs for a more intimate bar and dance floor.

Charly Lester, Time Out Head of Dating


Something tells me this reviewer didn't eat the food 'cause it isn't good. Many better options in the immediate vicinity. Nice space for a drink, although have been in twice and both times the five points ales were off.


Oslo seems to be missing the Herring and Norwegian Salmon. Customers are becoming more aware of healthy eating and tons of chips and bacon is not as attractive anymore. Twitter/bigsands

E. Murphy

Just what the area needed - large enough to cater, but small enough to stay cool! Fabulous food - and brilliant clubs nights. love !