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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Silicon Roundabout, East London’s Tech City

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Silicon Roundabout, East London’s Tech City
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London’s tech scene is booming, with Silicon Roundabout, the start-up cluster located in London’s EC1V and N1 postcodes and centred around Old Street tube station, its main hub. Here, you’ll find a range of co-working spots, as well as some of the city’s coolest coffee shops and markets.

Entrepreneurial hotspots

Campus London

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Campus London is Google’s free space for the city’s start-up community
Campus London is Google’s free space for the city’s start-up community | © Campus London
With a strong community to show you the way and strong coffee to start the journey, Campus London is Google’s free space for London’s start-up community. It serves as a central locus for London entrepreneurs, organising free events and workshops and hosting Campus Residency, a six-month programme for high-potential start-ups focussed on machine learning. The ground-floor coffee shop is open to the public, but get there early – seats are picked up quickly by innovators and venture capitalists looking to spot the next big thing. Co-working spot Central Working, seed fund Seedcamp, entrepreneurship community TechHub and accelerator programme Techstars also occupy the building, making Campus a true one-stop shop for London’s innovators.
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WeWork Old Street

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Old Street’s WeWork office space is home to both entrepreneurs and established businesses
Old Street’s WeWork office space is home to both entrepreneurs and established businesses | © WeWork
Located just off Silicon Roundabout, Old Street’s WeWork office space is home to both entrepreneurs working on early stage ideas and established businesses looking to expand their approach. The co-working community attracts companies of all shapes and sizes, and the site is perfectly situated at the heart of the Tech City buzz.
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IDEALondon

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IDEALondon
IDEALondon is a centre where start-ups and entrepreneurs can grow and expand their business | © IDEALondon
IDEALondon is a post-accelerator centre for start-ups and entrepreneurs to grow and expand their business, from UCL Engineering, CISCO’s incubator and capital enterprise group and EDF Energy Innovation.
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Second Home Spitalfields

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Second Home is a stunning co-working space at the heart of East London’s creative cluster
Second Home is a stunning co-working space at the heart of East London’s creative cluster | © Second Home
A stunning co-working space at the heart of East London’s creative cluster, Second Home sits just on the outskirts of Tech City, near to Brick Lane. The space hosts a carefully curated and connected community made up of teams from a diverse range of industries, including charities, corporates, creative businesses and innovators such as Kickstarter.
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Coffee shops

Shoreditch Grind

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Shoreditch Grind
Shoreditch Grind is a local landmark | © Grind & Co. Ltd
Occupying an honoured spot on Old Street Roundabout since 2011, Shoreditch Grind is a local landmark. Equipped with an upstairs recording studio that has hosted the likes of Tinie Tempah and Sam Smith, the Grind has a full kitchen serving food, cocktails and coffee. Complete with exposed-brick walls, neon signs and a great playlist, the Grind counts London’s coolest entrepreneurs among its patrons.
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Mon - Thu:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat:
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Stylish, Relaxed

Ozone Coffee Roasters

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Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone is a trendy spot for brunch, coffee or a meal | © Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone is a trendy spot for brunch, coffee or a meal. The street-level floor can get a little crowded, but if you head down to the largely unfurnished basement (where the beans are roasted) you may have better luck finding somewhere to sit. Once you’ve found somewhere to rest your weary body, you’re in for great coffee and culinary delights, including slow-brew specials like Kenyan peaberry coffee. The food is also great, from eggs benedict to bucatini pasta with merguez sausage, shredded courgette, chilli and garlic. There’s a great wine list, too.
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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual

Look Mum No Hands!

Cafe, British, $$$
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Look Mum No Hands! is a café, bar and bicycle workshop
Look Mum No Hands! is a café, bar and bicycle workshop | © Look Mum No Hands!
A café, bar and bicycle workshop for fixie-riding entrepreneurs with a passion for flat whites and cycling, Look Mum No Hands! sells coffee, breakfast and its own branded products for those who wish to take a piece of this iconic Old Street coffee shop with them. Open for lunch and breakfast, the café serves an array of comfort food such as toasted banana bread with home-made cinnamon butter.
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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Kahaila

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Kahaila
Kahaila is a hub for the local art scene as well as a café serving simple yet delicious food | © Kahaila
Nestled among the curry houses, pop-up stores and galleries of the vibrant Brick Lane, Kahaila is a snug wooden cocoon full of delicious smells. Its homespun, distressed-wood interiors match the simple but generous food and drink that’s on offer, sourced from local suppliers. Kahaila is also a hub for the local art scene, with featured artworks displayed and sold in the shop and a wide range of artistic events, including alcohol-free dance parties, art launches, cinema clubs and regular bring-your-own-booze music, spoken word and poetry nights. It’s all fairly guilt-free, and the coffee shop even channels all its profits back into the local community.
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Mon:
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tue - Fri:
9:15 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where to shop

Brick Lane Market

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You’ll find everything from vintage clothes, accessories and jewellery to music, arts and crafts in Brick Lane
You’ll find everything from vintage clothes, accessories and jewellery to music, arts and crafts in Brick Lane | © Brick Lane Market
Selling everything from vintage clothes, accessories and jewellery to music, arts and crafts, Brick Lane is an East London staple. Food trucks dominate the street seven days a week, while the Boiler House Food Hall, the Tea Rooms, the Backyard Market, the Sunday UpMarket and the Vintage Market surround The Old Truman Brewery, meaning you’re spoiled for choice.
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Redchurch Street

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Labour and Wait
Labour and Wait on Redchurch Street is a cool home goods shop | © Labour and Wait
Redchurch Street is a six-block stretch of East London that is home to some of the city’s coolest design-led stores, cafés and restaurants, including home-goods shop Labour and Wait; cult beauty brand Aesop; design-store-meets-coffee shop Modern Society; and Barber & Parlour, a hairdresser-slash-all-day coffee and food shop with its own basement cinema.
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Where to stay

Shoreditch House

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Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House is a branch of the internationally renowned Soho House group | © Shoreditch House
A branch of the internationally renowned Soho House group, Shoreditch House delivers a slice of salubrious Soho in recognisably East London packaging. Guests staying in the hotel have access to the restaurant and the members’ workspaces. Entrepreneurs associated with traditionally creative industries will be drawn to the space, as the venue focusses on attracting guests with common interests so that a sense of community flourishes.
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M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City

Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel
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M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is close to Old Street tube station
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is close to Old Street tube station | Courtesy of M by Montcalm / Hotels.com
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Just three minutes’ walk from Old Street tube station, M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City is not only well placed for exploring Shoreditch; it’s also in prime position for transport connections to venture around the rest of the capital.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Business facilities
Crib
Non smoking
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Ace Hotel Shoreditch

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The Ace Hotel Shoreditch is a great place to get work done
The Ace Hotel Shoreditch is a great place to get work done | Courtesy of Ace Hotel / Hotels.com
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Situated close to both Shoreditch High Street overground station and Old Street tube station, the Ace Hotel is well connected when it comes to public transport. Communal tables by the bar in the lobby are great for getting work done, while basement venue Miranda hosts live music and DJ sets. Popular Indian restaurant Dishoom Shoreditch is also nearby.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Gym
Pet Friendly
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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The Hoxton

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The Hoxton Shoreditch
The Hoxton Shoreditch offers rooms with beautiful modern interiors | © The Hoxton Shoreditch / Hotels.com
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Just 10 minutes from Shoreditch High Street and five minutes from Old Street, The Hoxton offers rooms with beautiful modern interiors, balanced with traditional quilted furniture.
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