Café 1001

Bar / Café / Live Music Venue
Café 1001 Set in a wide alley full of picnic tables, vintage clothing boutiques, and record stores in the vibrant Truman Brewery area of Brick Lane, Café 1001 reigns as the king of bohemian bars and attracts a harmoniously diverse international... London England 51.5208676 -0.0718648
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Party Earth Review Set in a wide alley full of picnic tables, vintage clothing boutiques, and record stores in the vibrant Truman Brewery area of Brick Lane, Café 1001 reigns as the king of bohemian bars and attracts a harmoniously diverse... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    District, Hammersmith & City Lines: Aldgate East

  • Phone:

    020 7247 9679

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 6am–midnight, Su 3pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café 1001 Review

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Set in a wide alley full of picnic tables, vintage clothing boutiques, and record stores in the vibrant Truman Brewery area of Brick Lane, Café 1001 reigns as the king of bohemian bars and attracts a harmoniously diverse international...

Set in a wide alley full of picnic tables, vintage clothing boutiques, and record stores in the vibrant Truman Brewery area of Brick Lane, Café 1001 reigns as the king of bohemian bars and attracts a harmoniously diverse international crowd of music lovers, artists, and hip Londoners.

The spacious venue is comprised of a patio featuring a permanent streetside barbecue for grilling burgers and kebabs and a downstairs café that offers an array of sandwiches and homemade carrot cake.

A short flight of stairs leads to the massive upper lounge, where the venue hosts bands and DJs who whip the grateful crowd of local hippies and foreign students into fits of frenzied dancing.

Quieter ambient tunes keep the café mellow by day, but the back room goes off at night, blasting electro, dubstep, and drum and bass beats.

Even if the quirky creative types split to catch a concert or a vegan bite, Café 1001 – with its random assortment of flea market Chesterfield chairs, mismatched lamps, and airy front room – offers visitors a spot off the beaten path to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate life.

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Tip from Jonah:

Before settling down on one of Café 1001’s picnic benches, be sure to wander the Brick Lane flea markets and vintage clothing shops. The parade of colorful local characters makes for some of the most entertaining people-watching in all of London.

  • Crowd

    Outgoing and sociable bohemians, artists, hipsters, and travelers, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live bands and DJs spinning techno and house Tuesdays through Sundays. Short films screened on Mondays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Breakfast served from 6am. Outdoor barbecue serves kebabs, burgers, and grilled vegetables starting at noon. Indoor café section serves a menu of ciabattas, baguettes, bagels, pizzas, soups, salads, and homemade cakes. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Prices

    English breakfast £5.50, salads £3.50–£5, burgers and kebabs £5+. Beer £3–£5, wine £4/glass or £31/bottle, cocktails £6–£7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: shorts or jeans, t-shirts, comfortable shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunday afternoons for the large crowds of shoppers stopping in for a burger and a pint, and Sunday nights for the throngs of dancing machines that gather for the DJ sets.

  • Close By

    For more music options, The Big Chill Bar (in the same 91 Brick Lane complex) features a nightly roster of DJs spinning a mix of hip-hop, electronic, afrobeat, garage, and reggae.

Café 1001 User Reviews

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Tired of Raving?
Muktari R. Jun 28, 2013
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I hope I'm cool enough to be here?
Leila D. May 29, 2013
As I walked along the street trying to find Cafe 1001, I realised I had been here before. I had not entered, but the signs and bustling activity that surrounded it had clearly stuck in my mind and I was delighted that that was in fact my intended destination and I finally had the chance to check it out. There was a book shelf filled with intriguing flyers, I had to be selective because I could not fit them all in my bag! But it is a good start to getting to know the area and what else is going on. I was visiting as an artist booked to perform that night in the back room, which is an amazing venue. It is wide, with rather low ceilings to give a more intimate feel. Fully functional bar at the back and a majestic DJ booth to the right that looks over the room. The back room has it's own toilet facilities and is kitted out with comfy, well worn leather sofas that can be rearranged as you please. I would definitely highly consider this for future parties and functions. The Cafe itself is rather pleasant. It has a selection of pastries, food and drinks. As a performer I could not indulge so asked only for a glass of water and secretly had my own food. I felt that this was unwelcomed and put me on edge, and the bar staff were sarcastic when they handed me the water. I understand this is their livelihood, so next time I will be sure to buy something. The outside area is slightly crowded but perfect for people watching, as the passers-by are an eccentric bunch. I was, on 3 occasions, asked for large rizlar, so I do believe smoking of marijuana is rife in that area. It was an enjoyable evening with a lively audience. A hot spot to check out.
Comfortable and cool
James C. Apr 21, 2013
Trendy you might say, interesting I would. For a distinctly arty bar (walls of murals, screening independent films and supporting new musical acts) I found the atmosphere pleasant and unpretentious. Greeted with a smile and seated at a table in the bright spring sunshine you can take in the culture of Brick Lane and it's vibrancy. Famed curry houses, record stores and the Old Spitalfields Market to name but a few. The wind picked up so we decided to take our lunch inside the bar area downstairs. Freshly cooked and splendid. This wide selection, from burgers and wraps to a vegan salad bar would keep just about anyone happy. The outdoor barbecue another nice touch. Post lunch drinks (this is a holiday after all) taken up stairs and let your lunch settle whilst drinking a G&T and soaking up some of the jazzier house music provided in the lounge area. We settled into a sofa amongst a mish mash of comfy seating and foot tapped a while. Your local Shoreditch crowd of young hopefuls and artists, media types and the odd suit in for a relaxing luncheon getaway from yet another Pret A who....? This is the real east London and if you are in anyway a lover of the arts this is your sort of place. Another club lounge is full at the weekends with a generally student/media crowd and bands perform every night of the week. Just try stopping yourself from dropping in a few doors up for a Bangladeshi dopiaza on your way home.
First bar I went to in London.....and 4 years later it was the last.
Catherine J. Mar 22, 2013
Cafe 1001's proximity to Brick Lane and all of its shops and stalls, make it a popular destination all day and all night. It's located in a large alleyway, neighbored by rival bar Big Chill, legendary record store Rough Trade, and several trendy boutiques. Grab a burger at the stall parked by the door and grab a picnic table, or venture inside for a drink in the lounge. The lounge is cozy and chill, scattered with the comfiest mismatched sofas and a wall of old books to peruse. You'll mainly see groups of cool Shoreditch kids as well as people typing on their laptops. I don't know how they can work since there's a DJ spinning a few feet away, but these computer people are always here! Walk through another set of doors to the club, where they play mostly house music. As with other places on Brick Lane, Cafe 1001 is especially busy on Sundays. Seriously, good luck finding a place to sit on Sunday...still fun though, even if you have to stand. Cafe 1001 was the very first bar I went to when I moved to London and became a staple of many of my nights out. The day before I was set to move back to America, I made sure to take one last trip to 1001. Definitely a special spot!
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