Along with Shoreditch, which it bleeds into (no one's quite sure where the boundary is), Hoxton has a long-established reputation as a home for creatives. Hoxton Square has an excellent cluster of bars and restaurants, while Hoxton Street market and its complement of defiantly un-hip greasy spoons retain some proper, olde worde East End charm.
De Beauvoir, up the road, is mostly residential and has an intriguing smattering of pubs and coffee spots. People who enjoy a bit of property porn are advised to check out De Beauvoir Square, where the houses are extremely handsome and bloody massive, while walkers can enjoy a stroll along the lovely Regent’s Canal towpath.
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Wringer & Mangle
London is awash with washing-themed launches. Coin Laundry promises retro eats in Exmouth Market, Machine No 3 does cocktails in a former Hackney launderette, Chinese Laundry serves home-style Chinese in Islington. And now Wringer & Mangle presents all-day drinking and dining in London Fields’ The Laundry building. Did we miss the memo? Does London need to whiten up? Are we afflicted by a dearth of Daz, a paucity of Persil? The Wringer & Mangle’s Laundry building is best known for its role in east London’s clubbing scene, and fortunately the basement (just called Mangle) will still pack in the parties. But the upstairs bar and dancefloor has been spruced up to make a space for 250 covers (with a heated terrace, too). It’s possible the building has scrubbed up a little too well; white chalk paint, climbing vines and laundry-themed bits and bobs give Wringer & Mangle the look of a soulless, ‘shabby chic’ central London spot offering Bottomless Brunch. In fact, that’s one of the few things this venue doesn’t do: it serves lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and Sunday roast. All alongside a list of 30 collins-style cocktails: who knew the classic gin drink was so versatile? On further inspection, perhaps it’s not worth slicing and dicing in so many ways. The Quick Spin Collins tasted like just that, a lemony-fresh and unappealing mix of sherbet, elderflower and prosecco with gin. Much better was a Pistachio Collins: ginger, honey soda and lime, served long with a nutty green topp