SMOKESTAK

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35 Scatler St, London, E1 6LB
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

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HAPPINESS FORGETS

8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

BUTCHERS

63 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7NX
Hoxton Old Street

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.

HOUSE OF HACKNEY

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

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.

BEIGEL BAKE

159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

OZONE

11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

GOODHOOD

151 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

SISTER RAY

100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

THE HOXTON

81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

CALLOOH CALLAY

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

RUFFIANS

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

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.

ELECTRIC CINEMA

64-66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch London E2 7DP
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

SNEAKERSNSTUFF

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

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.

FRAME

New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

ROCHELLE CANTEEN

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Rochelle School & Club Row, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street Old Street

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.

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ARTWORDS

65A Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ, United Kingdom
Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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.

BROWNS

21 Club Row, London E2 7EY, UK
Shoreditch High Street

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.

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SHOREDITCH NAILS

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

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.

ST LEONARDS

70 Leonard St, London EC2A 4QX, UK
Old Street Old Street

Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke already have a hit restaurant on their hands with Brunswick House in Vauxhall, and now the pair have moved north of the river with St Leonards. They’ve taken over what used to be Eyre Brothers and completely transformed the space, with a horseshoe bar, an open ice bar for shellfish and a log-fuelled fire for cooking big joints of meat and fish. Rustic and hearty cookery has been a big inspiration at St Leonards but the food here is most definitely modern, with a lot of punchy flavour combos at play. This one defo lives up to the hype.

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PARLOUR TATTOO

96 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AA, UK
Shoreditch High Street

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.

TT LIQUOR

17 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA, UK
Hoxton

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.

LEROY

18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU, UK
Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

Despite earning a Michelin star, the Ellory boys decided to shut up shop in London Fields and open Leroy in Shoreditch. Luckily, the gamble payed off as Leroy one it’s own Michelin Star in the 2019 Guide. 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 anytime

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LYLE'S

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

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.

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POPOLO

26 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DU, UK
Old Street Old Street

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.

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OKLAVA

74 Luke St, London EC2A 4PY, UK
Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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.

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BARBER & PARLOUR

64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, UK
Shoreditch High Street

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.

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BOUNCE PING PONG

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

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.

PRESENT

140 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street

Present is an independent menswear boutique that stocks everything from streetwear to gentlemen’s clothing. Think Vetra, Camoshito, Maharishi and Enharmonic amongst Stone Island and Bruta.

AIDA

133 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street

Aida is multi-concept store when you can grab a coffee and pick up some pieces from their unique edit of independent European brands. Expect to find the likes of Mads Norgaard, Libertine-Libertine, Rains and Converse amongst some lesser known brands.

HOSTEM

28 Old Nichol St, London E2 7HR, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street

Hostem oozes cool. Blending established names with some of the best Japanese designers, you can expect to find Comme Des Garcons, Lanvin, Loewe, MA+ and Rick Owens in-store.

WELL AND BUCKET

Well & Bucket, Bethnal Green Road, London, UK
Shoreditch High Street

Off the main Shoreditch drag, the Well & Bucket is a gem of pub. It’s been restored to its former glory with gorgeous tiled walls and a copper topped bar taking pride of place in the middle. They’ve got a solid range of craft beer on tap and even more in the fridge, and they serve up a great oysters and seafood menu too.

THE GRIFFIN

93 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RD, UK
Old Street Old Street

Thanks to a big refurb, The Griffin has polished up its rough edges whilst still retaining that traditional pub feel (it helps that it’s quite small and quite dark). They can mix you up a G&T or a spritz but this is a beer pub, with a strong selection of brews on tap and even more in the fridge, including some pretty potent bottles.

THE CARPENTERS ARMS

73 Cheshire St, London E2 6EG, UK
Bethnal Green Shoreditch High Street

Owned by Ronnie and Reggie Kray back in the day, The Carpenters Arms used to be one of the most notorious pubs in town. Now apart from a discreetly placed print of the long-departed twins, you would never have known of its history. It has an impressive range of over fifty different ales from all over the world and a small menu of classic British grub.

SCOUT

93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HZ, United Kingdom
Old Street Old Street

They like to keep things simple over at Scout; there’s no fancy decor, no crazy drinking vessels and no waste so all your attention is focused on the flavours in the cocktails. They’ve got two seasonal offerings for you to get stuck into…the Jerusalem Artichoke (Bombay Sapphire, Jerusalem artichoke and malt topped with coffee soda) and the Truffle (Woodford reserve, white port, mandarin, white truffle and white chocolate).

THE VURGER CO

Unit 9, Avant Garde, Richmix Square, London, E1 6LD
Shoreditch High Street

Afetr killing it on the festival and street food circuit, The Vurger Co finally went perm in Shoreditch in 2018. The restaurant serves up a full menu including the Tabasco Auburger, made from aubergines, chickpeas, red onion and vegan cheese, as well as the Classic, the Mexican and the MLT, packed full of baked mushrooms and rocket and topped with walnut and sundried tomato paste. Oh and there’s also the infamous mac’n’cheese and milkshakes.

SMOKING GOAT

64 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ, UK
Shoreditch High Street

After setting up shop in Soho, Shoreditch is now the place to come for smokey, BBQ Thai food inspired by the grub you’d get in late-night canteens in Bangkok. We love their freshly made rotis, goat krapow, turmeric crab curry and lardo fried rice. It’s all a world away from cheap pad thai and prawn crackers and has been part of a wave of restaurants that woke London up to proper Thai food. They also do a mean breakfast menu on weekends too…hello curried saffron eggs.

BURGER & BEYOND

147 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE, UK
Shoreditch High Street

You may have already seen the burgers from Burger & Beyond on your news feed, you know, the super instagrammable ones that get your mouth watering…Well the burger vendors have just opened their first restaurant in Shoreditch. It’s serving up their filthy burgers along with some badass sides too, including the Dirty Tater Tots smothered in hot sauce and crispy bacon pieces. Make sure you leave room for dessert as they have a deep fried blueberry pie on the menu that you won’t wanna miss either.

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