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
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
District, Hammersmith & City Lines: Aldgate East
020 7247 9679
M–Sa 6am–midnight, Su 3pm–midnight
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
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.
Outgoing and sociable bohemians, artists, hipsters, and travelers, 20s and 30s.
Live bands and DJs spinning techno and house Tuesdays through Sundays. Short films screened on Mondays.
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.
English breakfast £5.50, salads £3.50–£5, burgers and kebabs £5+. Beer £3–£5, wine £4/glass or £31/bottle, cocktails £6–£7.
Casual: shorts or jeans, t-shirts, comfortable shoes.
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.
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.