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A Nightlife Guide to Shoreditch, London

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London Travel Writer
Updated: 7 August 2017
Shoreditch lies in London’s historic East End and has functioned as the de facto capital of the city’s hipster revolution. While its distant past speaks of religion, Shoreditch has been famous for its entertainment ever since the Elizabethan era, when it became home to The Theatre, the first playhouse in the UK, in 1576. Nowadays, revellers flock from all over London to enjoy the vibrant nightlife Shoreditch has to offer.

Cargo

Serving as a reminder of the area’s industrial history, one of the best clubs in Shoreditch dwells in the disused railway yard on Rivington Place, just off Shoreditch High Street. Combined with some original Banksy artwork, the industrial setting contributes to the alternative vibes that have made Cargo one of the more expensive venues in Shoreditch. That said, if you can spare the cash, it promises a night to remember.

Cargo hosts two authentic Banksy artworks
Cargo hosts two authentic Banksy artworks | © KylaBorg/Flickr

Concrete

While the fancy folks over at the stylish Soho House operate Concrete, they’ve gone unapologetically street with this particular basement club and the result is an incredibly down-to-earth venue with all the edgy vibes necessary for a Shoreditch club. Available for private hire during the week, events here are a weekend exclusive.

93 Feet East

Situated right in the heart of Brick Lane, in Shoreditch’s southeastern peripheries, lies 93 Feet East. There’s plenty going on here and different events are often held simultaneously in the Main Bar and the Live Bar, while the quaint Courtyard offers the chance to catch a breather, or enjoy a refreshing drink in the summertime evening sun.

XOYO

Let your hair down at this lively two-floor nightclub that has been brought to us by the legends of the night who are responsible for The Nest in Dalston and Phonox in Brixton. Open until 3am during the week and 4am on weekends, this great spot always draws an enthusiastic crowd of all ages.

Ting Tings on stage at XOYO
Ting Tings on stage at XOYO | © Paul Hudson/Flickr

Flight Club

The first rule of Flight Club is don’t talk about Flight Club. Just kidding – tell absolutely everyone about it, because Flight Club is awesome. With a stylishly traditional décor that gives the club the feel of one a London early 20th century gentlemen’s club, this place is a truly delightful den of darts.

Bounce

Continuing with the theme of sports-inspired bars, Bounce provides the perfect spot to enjoy a tipple over a game of table tennis. Established by one of the co-founders of Flight Club and former CEO of All Star Lanes bowling venues, in collaboration with a former competitive table tennis player, Bounce really is an authentic sport-bar hybrid.

Queen of Hoxton

Party on the rooftop, fraternise on the ground floor or bust some shapes on the basement dance floor at this vivacious venue tucked away on the corner of Curtain Road and Worship Street. Elements of the building’s industrial history are visible inside, serving to enhance the edgy Shoreditch vibes.

Artwork on the wall at the Queen of Hoxton
Artwork on the wall at the Queen of Hoxton | © Leigh Harries/Flickr

Book Club

By day, the name Book Club is somewhat relevant, with the venue serving as a trendy creative hub in the heart of Shoreditch, complete with a ping-pong table of its own. Weeknights often feature thought-provoking ‘Thinking & Drinking’ events, while the weekend sees pumping club nights hosted by the dynamic multi-purpose venue.

Boxpark

Opened in 2011, this peculiar collection of converted shipping containers has proved increasingly popular and has even seen another branch open south of the river in Croydon. A self-defined ‘pop-up mall’, Boxpark has gathered a range of local and global brands to fuse together a unique venue where you can enjoy a drink with some scrumptious street food before taking the night elsewhere.