When it comes to London, Hackney and Shoreditch still get first dibs on what’s ‘cool’. So if you’re looking to see the coolest new bands in two of the hippest areas of London, our guide to the best music venues in Hackney and Shoreditch is the place to start.
You could call it characterful, cosy, or just plain down and dirty, but The Shacklewell Arms is mainly loads of fun. The main bar area leads to the band room at the back, which is a steamy, stinky cauldron of music and beer. To take a break from the intense musical enjoyment, head to the quirky, fairy-lit courtyard with your drink before diving back in. Huge fun in a small venue.