Eat & Greet
Food, drink, dress: the East End’s got all your senses covered, whatever your tastes…
Following the success of Angela Flowers’s first gallery space in West London, in the 1980s she opened her second – one of the first in the East End – in a former laundry/fur storage facility in Hackney. Representing over 40 established and emerging artists, the gallery exhibits mainly contemporary work across all media.
2. THE CLOVE CLUB
Housed in the Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall, The Clove Club is a bar and restaurant consisting of two rooms. Serving modern British fare, a five course menu is served in the main restaurant whereas the lively bar allows punters to pop in for a drink or dine from a simpler yet equally sophisticated menu.
The second of Mark Hix’s restaurants on Rivington Street, Tramshed is a meat-eater’s paradise, offering only chicken or steak mains. Diners can enjoy a specially commissioned piece by Damian Hirst while they eat which hangs in the centre of the restaurant, or wander downstairs to the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery in the basement which has transformed into an art space by Hix.
4. CALOOH CALLAY
Hidden on a cobbled side street a stone’s throw from Curtain Road, this charming Alice in Wonderland-inspired cocktail bar is considered one of the best in Shoreditch (in 2012, it won the award for World’s Best Cocktail Menu). With an inventive cocktail list, thoughtful bar snacks and a quirky interior including a secret lounge through a wardrobe, what’s not to like?
5. SCP EAST
In 1985, Sheridan Coakley set up the first high-end furniture store SCP in Shoreditch, selling a selected range of designer accessories, lighting and interior items. Since then it has launched the careers of many celebrated British designers including Matthew Hilton and Jasper Morrison on to the international stage.
Owned and run by Jo Sindle and Kyle Stewart, the store celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Influenced by the pair’s interest in skate wear and street style, Goodhood stocks independent designers YMC and Wood Wood, as well as established brands like Levi’s Vintage.
7. THE OLD BLUE LAST
Co-owned by the guys at VICE, labelled “the world’s coolest pub” by NME and dubbed “the cradle of British music’s future” by The Guardian, this early haunt of Shakespeare has showcased some of the UK’s finest bands. With its high-spec sound system, it is the best pub for live music in London.
Anthem is the brainchild of Simon Spiteri, the former head of menswear at Liberty’s, and Jeremy Baron. The shop features a selection of menswear brands such as Comme des Garçons and Rag & Bone, as well as rising labels Nanok and Folk. It’s a line-up unified by understated design and quality craftsmanship.
9. AESOP OLD STREET
Founded by ex-hairdresser Dennis Paphitis in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop has gone on to become a global power brand. Specialising in skin, hair and beauty products, their heavenly-scented concoctions are presented in pharmaceutical-style glass jars at their minimalist stores, allowing the focus to remain on their contents.
10. THE ACE HOTEL
Founded by the late Alex Calderwood, the 264-room Ace Hotel in Shoreditch opened its doors last September and has quickly become a London institution. One of a chain of international hotels launched by Calderwood, it has a distinctly youthful vibe and manages to fuse industrial-chic and homely in equal measure.