Historically a magnet for impoverished immigrants, Shoreditch/Brick Lane has become synonymous with the hipster class in recent years, given its assortment of edgy bars, trendy cafés, and “do-it-yourself” late-night spots. In fact, the area’s prevalence of art and design students and new media professionals led to the creation of the outwardly disparaging term “Shoreditch twat” to describe what some see as an over-abundance of privileged creative types.
There’s certainly no shortage of Hoxton Finn haircuts and retro fashion on the regular crowd, but Brick Lane is also the heart of Bangladeshi culture in London, with rows of fabulous curry houses and mosques lining the namesake main drag, along with contemporary galleries and eclectic coffee shops.
With one-of-a-kind boutiques selling East End fashions ranging from designer skinny jeans to mod party dresses, Shoreditch/Brick Lane has plenty to offer style-hunters of almost every budget. And once the shops close, the area’s creative crowd enjoys a lively bar scene that covers almost the entire nightlife spectrum, from the lounges and stellar underground music joints to the historic pub The Wenlock Arms.
Matching hardscrabble grit with a little bit of polish, Shoreditch/Brick Lane remains a must-visit for partiers (twats or otherwise) who prefer evenings raw, raging, and full of local flavor.
Party Earth Review Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural ... more
32-37 Cowper Street
London EC2A 4AP
Party Earth Review In the heart of gritty Brick Lane is 93 Feet East, a live music institution that provides a platform for new and established acts and that has been part of the cutting-edge club scene ... more
150 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Party Earth Review Standing on the doorstep of London’s inner city and marked by larger-than-life gargoyles, Beach Blanket Babylon is a lush and glossy cocktail lounge popular with a fashionably forward ... more
19-23 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Party Earth Review Where other pubs try to recreate the look and vibe of a nineteenth-century neighborhood watering hole, The Wenlock Arms is the real deal, a nearly two-hundred-year-old public house ... more
26 Wenlock Road
London N1 7TA
Party Earth Review A sleek open terrace perched atop the boutique Boundary Hotel, Boundary Rooftop bombards the senses with small plates of seasonal produce, panoramic views of East London, and the chance ... more
2-4 Boundary Street
London E2 7DD
(Entrance on Redchurch Street)
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 ... more
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Party Earth Review With its mix of stainless steel details set against stark white walls, red lacquered surfaces, and black banquettes, The Hoxton Pony has created a minimalist yet intimate décor that ... more
104-108 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3AH
Party Earth Review A staple of the Shoreditch nightlife scene, 333 Motherbar is two venues in one – the spacious 333 club, which hosts raucous electro, breaks, house, and hip-hop nights, and its oddball ... more
333 Old Street
London EC1V 9
Party Earth Review An inconspicuous door adorned with a small plaque of Nightjar’s namesake bird is the only evidence of the stellar live music that awaits in this vintage-themed basement hideout – an ... more
129 City Road
London EC1V 1JB