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Hoxton and De Beauvoir area guide

Keep busy in N1 with Time Out's guide to Hoxton and De Beauvoir's best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

Hoxton Square

Along with neighbouring Shoreditch, Hoxton has a long-established reputation as a home for creatives with an excellent cluster of bars and restaurants in and around Hoxton Square. Hoxton Street market and its complement of defiantly un-hip greasy spoons somehow, brilliantly, remains one of the last bastions of the true cockney accent, though less charming is the ragtag of regrettable 1960s apartment blocks behind it. De Beauvoir, up the road, is mostly residential and is far less blighted by crap flats; indeed, De Beauvoir Square and the streets immediately surrounding it are extremely handsome and bloody massive.

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The Orange Buffalo
Restaurants

The Orange Buffalo

New York styled Buffalo wings, served from a van in the Truman Brewery yard.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Embassy East
Restaurants

Embassy East

Breakfast, brunch and lunch café.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Guys and Dolls Parlour
Shopping

Guys and Dolls Parlour

This beauty spot just off Brick Lane opened late 2013 under the patronage of LA-trained primper-to-the-stars Shimol Kanuga. Done up like a 1950s parlour, Guys and Dolls offers a whole range of top-to-toe services, with the most popular (with both men and women) being the waxes. A hi-tec, low-temperature Lycon wax starts from £8 and promises to remove even the shortest, finest hairs and leave you silky smooth. Manicures are also a popular option, with gel polishes available. Owner Shimol is friendly and knowledgeable, with a wealth of aftercare tips to help you get the best out of your treatments. A nice neighbourhood salon.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Rich Mix
Cinemas

Rich Mix

Recently saved from threatened closure, Shoreditch's independent cultural centre houses three cinema screens alongside exhibition and performance spaces and a cafe/bar. Run as a charity, it's a vibrant arts hub and any given week could see it hosting an assortment of music gigs, theatre shows, art exhibitions, themed festivals and all manner of workshops.  Families are well catered for with weekly parent and baby cinema screenings of the latest films, a family cinema club with affordable tickets and the fortnightly Wiggly Jigglers active play session for under-twos. Local residents with a Tower Hamlets Libraries or Ideas Store card get discounted entry to cinema screenings.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Flight Club
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Flight Club

Venue says: “Treat yourself to our delicious new lunch menu every day from 12! Featuring our tasty twist on Fish and Chips or a fresh Greek Salad.”

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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