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@SebWhite's Top 10 Shoreditch

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A list of the best places to hang out in Shoreditch, by @SebWhite who grew up in Shoreditch.

The Book Club

The Book Club not only do delicious and well named cocktails, they are great for doing things differently. Let's not just host a royal jubilee party, let's throw a street festival. Let's not just show the Olympics, let's take over the car park across the road and make it into an event. All their club...

The Griffin

This pub is opposite one of my favourite bars, The Book Club. It's a great little boozer with some of the best cider. It's always busy after work but daytime or early on a weekend is a quiet and lovely.

Cay Tre: The Vietnamese Kitchen

There is no better Vietnamese in Shoreditch for lunch. Their food is plentiful and cheap at lunch. Just delicious.

Noodle King

Cheap and dirty, but delicious. Every dish is under £5 and piled so high you'll want to buy a takeaway container for 30p and have the rest of lunch. Communal tables are lovely.

Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton, the self proclaimed youth club for adults is aptly named. Their ground floor has a great bar with a huge selection of spirits and specially curated cocktails. The basement is always good for live music and comedy! My highlight of QoH is their rooftop. During the summer it's packed to...

The Love Shake

This adorable American diner isn't a chain, nor is it a diner. The Love Shake is a milkshake, hotdog and bourbon joint. It's an intimate space with limited seating, warm lighting and the friendliest of staff. The prices are excellent (£2.50 hotdogs) and the wifi is of course free. I'd easily spend all...

Tennessee Fried Chicken

Sometimes everyone wants some cheap, dirty, greasy food... and Tennessee Fried Chicken is one of the best for cheap. Not dirty or too greasy, this place has the best fried chicken in Shoreditch! ALSO, try the ribs around 3/4pm, they are delicious!

Big Apple Hot Dogs

Simply, they do delicious hotdogs. Delicious delicious hot dogs. They can be found around east London on the weekends, but in their base at Old Street during the week. A great pre-dog if heading to The Love Shake for a dog and milkshake!

The Old Blue Last

I hesitated greatly on adding this to my list because it's owned by Vice and I am anti-pretension - but it's a great place for live music. If you're addicted to live music and like getting access to it for free, this is the place for you!


In the summer it's great to sit in their courtyard and enjoy the BBQ. In the winter and all year round there are always some real musical surprises who perform here. It's got 3 stars as the booking isn't always great, but sometimes they really pull it out the bag which makes it all better....