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A handpicked selection of our favourite things in Shoreditch

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WELL & BUCKET

There aren't many decent boozers left in Shoreditch, but the Well & Bucket is little gem. Hidden off the tourist track, the pub has been restored to its former glory days and with about 18 craft beers on tap, you'll have no trouble finding a decent pint either. Cheers to that!

143 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG, United Kingdom -

wellandbucket.com

Shoreditch High Street Bethnal Green

SMOKESTAK

After killing it on the street food circuit for years, David Carter’s first permanent Smokestak  is a dark, moody BBQ dream, complete with an absolutely huge custom built smoker, responsible for slow smoking all that meat (plus your clothes by the end of the night too). There’s some great snacks on the menu such as a giant slab of pork scratching dusted with chilli powder and BBQ pigs tails which won’t be to everyone’s taste but you should definitely try. A thick cut pork rib with picked cucumber is another favourite and even the veg dishes hit the spot – check out the coal roasted potato and the smoked girolles and beef dripping brioche toast. The snug basement bar is a top spot for cocktails too, perfect to help all that meat go down at the end of the night.

35 Scatler St, London, E1 6LB -

smokestak.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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HAPPINESS FORGETS

Speakeasies might be just as common as Wetherspoons in London, but we still have a soft spot for them and in particular Happiness Forgets. Hidden in a tiny candle-lit basement, this place serves up some damn fine cocktails and with their no standing rule, it never gets overcrowded either. It's win-*win.

8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU, United Kingdom -

happinessforgets.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

BUTCHERS

Your mop definitely won’t get butchered here. We're happy to put our locks in the stylists hands at Butchers salon any day. They use eco-friendly products and if you ask nicely they might even give you a head or shoulder massage, because it's all about five-star treatment.

63 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7NX -

butcherssalon.com

Hoxton Old Street

HOUSE OF HACKNEY

Even if you have no intention of buying anything, House of Hackney's home in Shoreditch is worth poking around in. Filled with their iconic prints, you can find everything from cushions to oven gloves, soap holders to dresses and it's a feast for the eyes.

131-132 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom -

houseofhackney.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

BEIGEL BAKE

Beigel Bake is an East London institution and their beigels aren't all about the tourist hype. Salt beef, mustard and gherkins, what's not to like? And being open 24hrs it's the perfect place for those late night munchies.

159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, United Kingdom -

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

OZONE

This isn't just our fave coffee shop in Shoreditch, but one of our fave in London. With top notch coffee, a bangin' food menu and a big space downstairs that's perfect for working in, we can easily lose a few hours here.

11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ, United Kingdom -

ozonecoffee.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

GOODHOOD

If we could dress head to toe in threads from Goodhood we would - they stock all our fave brands including Wood Wood, Vans, Aries, Nanushka, YMC and Norse Projects. And once your wardrobe is full, it's worth popping downstairs to check out their homeware selection and pick up some Aesop goodies OBVS.

151 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE, United Kingdom -

goodhoodstore.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

SISTER RAY

This Sister Ray might not be the original (that one's in Soho), BUT we still love digging through the £1 box of 'jukebox classics' and if nothing takes our fancy there they always have lots of shiny new releases and a few limited edition vinyls.

100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ, United Kingdom -

sisterrayace.tmstor.es

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

RÖK

Rök is so worth rocking up to. The smokehouse knocks out some of the best grub in town, but whatever you do make sure you kick things off with their scallop in the shell with ndjua & british seaweed and order THAT Cauliflower cheese with almonds & duck dust on the side!

26 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3NY -

roklondon.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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THE HOXTON

The Hoxton is like our second home. Whether we're digging into eggs & avo, smashing out a few emails in front of the fire, knocking back the Negronis or falling face first into one of their uber comfy beds, we love this place and could literally spend all day here.

81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU, United Kingdom -

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

CALLOOH CALLAY

Callooh Callay might not be the hidden gem it once was, but it's still one of our faves - let's face it they have a Narnia-style wardrobe and sticker book cocktail menu. We've never had two nights that same here and that's why we'll always have a soft spot for this bad boy.

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY -

calloohcallaybar.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

RUFFIANS

It's no secret that Ruffians is our fave barber in London and we regularly pop into their Shoreditch branch for a tidy up and not just because they have a whisky bar...They do a damn fine job and they have some of the comfiest chairs we've ever sat in.

46-48 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QP, United Kingdom -

ruffians.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

ELECTRIC CINEMA

Sometimes we like our cinema cheap and cheerful, and sometimes we wanna go all out...that's when we go to Electric Cinema. The single-screen cinema mainly shows indies with a couple of blockbusters thrown in the mix, but the real reason we go there is for those velvet armchairs, cashmere blankets and their cocktails menu; it's the winning date night.

64-66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch London E2 7DP -

electriccinema.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

SNEAKERSNSTUFF

You'll rarely find anything else on our feet than trainers and that's why we LOVE Sneakersnstuff. This place is filled with all hottest sneakers including limited edition ones - expect brands to include Adidas, Reebok, Vans, Convers, Nike and more.

107-108 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JN, United Kingdom -

sneakersnstuff.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

FRAME

80s aerobics, Beyonce dance classes, power yoga, ass & abs or reformer pilates, whatever your thing you'll find it at Frame. This studio is all about the fun, whether you're a bit of a fitness freak or someone who eats too many cakes (like us), you'll feel right at home.

New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY, United Kingdom -

moveyourframe.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

ROCHELLE CANTEEN

Rochelle Canteen, run by Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold, has long been one of London’s favourite spots. Housed in a former school bike shed on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, accessible only through an unmarked door that, when buzzed in, leads you through a pretty garden and to a small dining room, it’s always been a hidden spot for Londoners to enjoy. Aside from being an excellent setting to enjoy a leisurely weekend lunch, the cooking is really quite good too. Simplicity is the order of the day and although menus change daily we can highly recommend the Queenie scallops, grilled in garlic and butter; the skate wing with burnt butter and samphire; and our favourite, the incredible braised lamb with peas and mint.

Rochelle School & Club Row, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES, United Kingdom -

arnoldandhenderson.com

Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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ARTWORDS

We could easily spend all the £££ in Artwords. The bookshop stocks all the latest contemporary art books, as well as architecture, photography, graphic design, fashion, advertising and film titles. It's filled to brim and we bet you don't leave empty handed.

65A Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ, United Kingdom -

artwords.co.uk

Old Street Shoreditch High Street

BROWNS

Browns East is housed in a former print factory on the corner of Club Row, offering a unique retail experience. The augmented retail environment uses Farfetch’s ‘Store of the Future’ technology, which allows you to view the clothes different settings, request new sizes to the changing room, see recommendations, and sync your digital wish list to the physical store. With an art gallery, rotating cafe with a marble-clad bar and an ‘Immersive Experience Room’, where you can check in for a meditation session, this is the shopping of the future.

21 Club Row, London E2 7EY, UK -

brownsfashion.com

Shoreditch High Street

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SHOREDITCH NAILS

Whether you’re after the perfect manicure or pedicure treatment, Shoreditch Nails offers high-quality treatments that promote healthy nails. So if you're looking for modern nail art or a classic shellac style, the artists here will be able to give you exactly what you want.

13 Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7JD -

shoreditchnails.com

Shoreditch High Street

ESSENCE CUISINE

With a menu that is completely free from meat, dairy, sugar and gluten, a meal at Essence Cuisine is seriously healthy. During the day mid-week it's more focused on quick grab-and-go options from their new Essence Express range, whereas evening dinner offers up dishes like spicy carrot sushi with jalapeno ‘cream’, heirloom tomato lasagne with pistachio pesto and macadamia ricotta, and the ‘Raw Pad Thai’ made from kelp noodles, marinated kale and almonds.

94 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH, UK -

essence-cuisine.com

Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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PARLOUR TATTOO

Got ink? Getting ink? Parlour Tattoo shop in Shoreditch has changed the tattoo game in London. They aren't just hooking you up with totally unique tats, they're providing locally-sourced, complimentary food and drink as part of the experience. Parlour also has iPads and a Netflix account on hand for those particularly long, drawn out sessions. The store has three tattooists, and each one has their own style. None of the art work comes from the ‘flash sheets’ found at most tattoo shops, so can guarantee that yours will be the only design of its kind. You don't want to rock up to just any old tattoo parlour, trust us, you want THIS parlour.

96 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AA, UK -

parlourtattoo.co.uk

Shoreditch High Street

SANS PERE LIFESTYLE HOUSE

This one-of-a-kind space incorporates a restaurant, in-house patisserie, coffee & tea bar, homeware shop, architectural studio and real estate agency, and is probably one of the most instagrammable cafes in Shoreditch. Whether you wanna swing by for a coffee and croissant in the morning, plate yourself up a big salad and a homemade quiche for lunch or knock out a few emails with a choux in the other hand in the afternoon, it’s got you covered, and you can even pick up a few bits and bobs for your home while you’re there.

84 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL, UK -

sanspere.com

Old Street Old Street

TT LIQUOR

Spread across three floors, TT Liquor has a 1000-bottle strong liquor store, space for drinks masterclasses, and a basement bar. And what a bar! It's huge and has more character than you’ll find in most other East London spots, with lots of alcoves and cubby holes in what used to be jail cells during the 19th century when the building was a police station. With loads of different cocktails, beer and wine, you're bound to find something you fancy drinking here.

17 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA, UK -

ttliquor.co.uk

Hoxton

LEROY

Despite earning a Michelin star, the Ellory boys decided to shut up shop in London Fields and open Leroy in Shoreditch. It's got the same front of house and kitchen team but is more of a relaxed affair, influenced by the new wave of Parisian wine bars. The space is lovely, a sort-of triangular site with lots of natural light, a bar/counter area with high stools and an open kitchen. They offer a range of snacks and sharing plates on the menu, as well as cheese and charcuterie so it caters for all occasions – we’d happily pop in for the terrine, a plate of cheese, and a glass of wine at the bar.

18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU, UK -

leroyshoreditch.com

Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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LYLE’S

Lyle's has built up a stellar reputation thanks to its elegant, seasonal British food but if you don't want to plan ahead, you can also drop in for small plates and a glass of wine from their bar snack menu (as long as one of the six bar stools are free of course). It is a changing menu, but if the mussel, garlic and spenwood flatbread or the smoked eel with cabbage and seaweed are on, they're must-orders. It’s not exactly cheap, but as a Michelin-starred pit-stop it’s pretty perfect.

56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ, UK -

lyleslondon.com

Shoreditch High Street

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POPOLO

Popolo is a hidden gem of a restaurant, which boasts a pretty impressive bar for counter dining and intimate dining room upstairs. The menu is mostly Italian with Middle Eastern and Spanish influences...hello fried olives with labne and morita chilli oil. With other dishes like octopus with paprika and potatoes, gnudi with buffalo ricotta and sage butter, and burnt honey panna cotta and figs, this place is defo worth a visit.

26 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DU, UK -

popoloshoreditch.com

Old Street Old Street

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OKLAVA

Centre stage at Oklava is the kitchen-bar complete with stone oven and charcoal grill, where you can watch the chefs in action as they prepare tasty modern Turkish dishes. The menu at Oklava is split into snacks, salads and grains, pides, seafood and meat dishes, including treats like courgette, feta and mint fritters; beef short rib pide; and crispy pomegranate glazed lamb breast. Make sure to get the house-baked bread with medjool date butter too, SO GOOD.

74 Luke St, London EC2A 4PY, UK -

oklava.co.uk

Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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BARBER & PARLOUR

Get a new 'do, your nails done, watch a film, sip a cocktail & have a meal - all in the same place. If there was an award for the coolest salon in London, Barber & Parlour would win it hands down. It's no surprise that the interior design has an edgy modern look and feel, as it's owned by Soho House & Co. Set across three floors, the building is home to an Electric Cinema in the basement, a cafe, shop and Neville barbers on the ground floor and Cheeky nail salon and hair by Josh Wood above. Barber & Parlour is anything but your average one-stop-shop.

64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, UK -

barberandparlour.com

Shoreditch High Street

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BOUNCE PING PONG

As well as lots of graffiti, UV lights and loud music inside Bounce, you’ll find 17 ping-pong tables plus a private room with tables of its own if you're having a party. Whether you want to beat the competition or just hit a few balls whilst having a little dance, bounce on down.

239 – 241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY -

bouncepingpong.com

Old Street Old Street

KIT & ACE

Kit & Ace is bringing you the comfort of your fave leggings and t-shirts without compromising your look. They've put their expert technical design into clothing that lasts all day, no matter what's on the agenda. Lunch, lounge or lunge – all in the same outfit. But it isn't all about the clothes, the showroom itself is worth a visit. Minimalistic and monochrome with accents of concrete and copper throughout the space, it is Shoreditch through and through, and there is even a large marble topped coffee bar within the space.

19-29 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ, UK -

kitandace.com

Shoreditch High Street

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