10 Shoreditch Fixtures the Locals Love
Shoreditch has emerged as one of the only places in London to rival Soho for its vibrant and dazzling atmosphere. The bar and restaurant scenes are thriving, as locals and visitors alike are spoilt for choice with the array of culinary, retail and thirst-quenching delights.
Constructed out of recycled shipping containers, Boxpark Shoreditch meets all your retail, food, and beverage needs. The top floor holds street food stalls and bars, while the lower level boasts of independent clothing boutiques and design shops. Live DJs and free-flowing cocktails make this one of Shoreditch’s most alluring evening hangouts.
Rochelle Canteen is one of Shoreditch’s best-kept secrets, the reason being; it is so good the locals want it all for themselves. Hidden behind a small blue door in Arnold Circus, Rochelle Canteen serves high-quality British food, from soup to a full roast dinner, in an elegant contemporary setting.
Perfect for a date night, this cocktail bar occupies a comfortable and cosy subterranean setting in a scantily advertised basement near Hoxton Square. The relaxing environment offers a friendly and inviting atmosphere with exquisitely presented cocktails.
A local summer favourite, Netil 360 provides panoramic views for the thirsty wayfarer from its rooftop vantage point. As another hidden hang-out, you won’t find it overcrowded, and for the remote workers and students, they have workstations available on reservation.
The Lyle’s name is often uttered among the best restaurants in London, and, surprisingly, it is one place that lives up to the hype. A highly-creative tasting menu and bright interior make it an inviting place to unwind and catch up with friends.
Stepping into Callooh Calley is like falling into the rabbit hole, you decide how far you want to go. Step into the first section, and the music is pumping and the cocktails flowing. But pass through the wardrobe at the back, and you enter a second space, much quieter, with a chilled-out atmosphere. Then, go even deeper, past a curtain and up a flight of stairs, and you enter another space. The theme of this area changes frequently and it is always worth a visit just to investigate the comings and goings.
Old Street Records
For good Italian food in a quirky cocktail bar, look no further than Old Street Records. As the name suggests, old records litter the cosy interior, and local bands can often be found entertaining the throng in attendance on the ground floor.
Peruvian food is hard to beat and nowhere does it better than Andina. The vibrant restaurant is one of the prime locations in the city to get your fix of ceviche, and a must visit for any foodie living in or visiting Shoreditch.
Queen of Hoxton
It has long been among one of Shoreditch’s best bars, but in the summer, Queen of Hoxton comes into its element. The roof terrace opens, and revellers can enjoy the expansive views, DJ sets, film screenings, and reasonably-priced cocktails in British sunshine.
Loved by Shoreditch locals for its versatility, Hoi Polloi is perfect for casual dining, a business lunch, or special occasion. It’s modern décor, and inspiring menu make it an optimal local hangout. You can access Hoi Polloi from the Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street.