Coffee Shops and Cafes
Serving up the best cup of coffee in London (Timeout just let the cat out of the bag) Gwilym Davies - 2009 World Barista Champion- has taken up residence in stylish menswear store Present-UK with a stunning shiny Victoria Arduino Athena Classic espresso machine. Don't worry if the World Champ isn't there, Matthias Björklund, Barista Champion of Sweden, also knows how to make a perfect Flat White! Stockists of Square Mile roasts.
140 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Perfect for those who like a bit of a gourmet treat, this is a deli and specialist food shop with quality organic vegetable and cheese room, delicious home-baked cakes and favourite hot dishes of the day that quickly sell-out. There are tables at the back of the store for anyone wanting to linger. Very good coffee using Monmouth roasts.
374-378 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Located on the corner and ground floor of the Boundary Hotel, this café offers hearty British fare to perfection, including all-day breakfasts. Also a bakery and small store with quintessential English brands. Complimentary Wi-Fi available.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
‘nose to tail' eating by Arnold & Henderson caterers: weekday lunches are provided in the secluded surroundings of a grassed-over Victorian school playground. Food is seasonal, original, expressive and exciting.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
Bars and going out
Boasting a mad hatter's assortment of top-flight London bar talent as evident in the range of cocktails, Callooh Callay takes guests through a wardrobe (literally) into a fun and eclectic world. The interlocking CC's might look Chanel but the name is inspired by Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem ‘The Jabberwocky'.
65 Rivington Street, EC2A
Relaxed bar and ‘street food' café with a broad range of live music and club nights, including Free Fridays....join the queue.
83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
For something a little glamorous and otherworldly, this beautifully eccentric bar serves an excellent range of deliciously decadent cocktails. Run by Le Trois Garcons.
1 Whitby Street, E1 6JU
This cosy Latin-inspired café/bar is great for informal meetings or winding down at the end of the day and serves the best hot chocolate. 8 & 9 Hoxton Square, N1
The George & Dragon
This charming old-school pub (with a twist of kitsch clutter) is often the place to spot local artists. In 2005 it was fully reconstructed in the ICA as part of the London in Six Easy Steps art installation.
2 Hackney Road, E2 7NS
Rivington Bar & Grill.
Back-to-basics British cooking, in a smart but comfortable loft-style space, dotted with works by local artists.
28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ
Super chic pizzeria in the TEA Building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road. Part of the Shoreditch House, so meeting all East-End trendster expectations....as well as surprisingly good value for money! Counter deli and gourmet pizzas also available takeaway.
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
The basement restaurant serves seasonal, classic French and British cooking, whilst the rooftop Bar and Grill with a garden designed by Nicola Lesbirel and Terence Conran, overlooks Shoreditch.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
Great Eastern Dining Room
Serves top-notch and beautifully presented pan-Asian food in comfortable, cool surroundings, ‘below 54' Dj lounge bar is downstairs with the same modern minimalist style.
54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR
Michelin recommended restaurant in a great environment and make a difference as well! The Hoxton Apprentice is part of a group of apprentice restaurants owned by the charity, Training For Life. It is a social enterprise combining two purposes - to serve you great modern European food at affordable prices and also to give apprentices a chance to learn skills that will secure them employment in the hospitality industry.
16 Hoxton Square, N1 6NT
In the style of classic American grills, the Hoxton Grill is on the ground floor of the super-trendy Hoxton Hotel. Comfortable banquette seating, bar, lounge and outdoor space, make this a great place to meet and eat in a relaxed atmosphere.
81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU
The true Italian values of passion, pride and family are at the core of this restaurant and reflected in the welcome, service and most importantly, the seasonal fine dining. Lena herself may be greeting guests and praising her virtuous, dedicated sons. The Lounge bar downstairs with Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday from 21.00 - 24.00.
66 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JT
Tasty, fresh and simple: a short menu of three daily changing mains (options of meat or vegetarian versions), 2 sides and a desert. Thai/Vietnamese/Indochine cuisine, super friendly staff, chilled atomsphere, and value for money.
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9LT
Dedicated to contemporary art, this bookshop regularly imports new publications from the European continent, North America and Australia. The staff are really knowledgeable and helpful.
65a Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QQ
Super stylish furniture, lighting, kitchenware, books and quirky gifts, by some of the most famous design names and brands in history. Both a retailer and manufacturer, with friendly staff.
135–139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX
Look for the old Golden Horn Cigarette Company shop sign and enter this stylish menswear store to get kitted out in sartorial splendour: boutique streetwear, high-quality preppy knits, limited edition pieces, shoes and Happy Socks. (also home to the best cup of coffee in London)
140 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Carefully edited selection of fun, affordable design products and books - the wittiest cards, trinkets, vintage toys, games, stuff, things, cute, cool, economical....the best gift/play shop by Noah Crutchfield (former buyer for the Design Museum and Heal's).
188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU
MILK Concept Boutique
Milk's creators Luca and Nathalie bring a carefully edited selection of modern European design to The Clerk's House (beside Shoreditch Church). Small furnishings, hand-crafted lighting, collectable porcelain, fragrance, travel accessories and cult fashion.
118 1/2 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN
Quirky, cutting edge clothing sold in a Studio 54 style setting, complete with neon signs and disco balls.
2 Hoxton Street, N1 6NG
City Beverage Company
Stocks a wide range of world wines, teas and coffees. They offer unpretentious good advice on their range and their Friday night wine tastings are open to anyone.
303 Old Street, EC1V 9LA
12 bedrooms, 5 suites including 4 duplex. Terence Conran, Vicki Conran, Sir David Tang, Polly Dickens and Priscilla Carluccio have each designed one of the suites.
2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE Tel: 020 7729 1051
The best thing about this new business hotel are the amazingly cheap rates but it is also pretty cool, with nice touches including roaring fires, flat screen TVs, free WiFi, a gym and a swanky bar and restaurant.
81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU, Tel: 020 7550 1000
St Gregory’s Hotel
Modern and comfortable, the hotel also features a rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge and a fitness suite. The atmosphere is welcoming and suitable for guests on business or leisure.
100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
A cross-cultural arts and media centre featuring three fantastic cinema screens.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA, Tel: 020 7613 7490
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Matcham, this wonderful theatre was revived and reopened in 1986.
291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ, Tel: 020 8510 4500