Recommended local spots


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Coffee Shops and Cafes

Shutterbug 

Located here at Rivington Place, Shutterbug serves bespoke cocktails and traditional French crepes. Step away from the bustle of Rivington Street to try a potent cocktail while the chef whips you up a crepe There are DJs on Fridays and Saturdays with dancing til 1am and a private courtyard with heaters to hang out in. Also open for breakfast, weekend brunch with killer Mezcal Bloody Mary's, lunch and dinner as well as takeaway crepes and coffee.

Albion  

This café offers hearty British fare to perfection, including all-day breakfasts. Also a bakery and small store with quintessential English brands. Complimentary Wi-Fi available.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7JE

Rochelle Canteen
‘nose to tail' eating by Arnold & Henderson caterers: weekday lunches are provided in the secluded surroundings of a grassed-over Victorian school playground. Food is seasonal, original, expressive and exciting.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES


Bars and going out

Callooh Callay
Boasting a mad hatter's assortment of top-flight London bar talent as evident in the range of cocktails, Callooh Callay takes guests through a wardrobe (literally) into a fun and eclectic world. The interlocking CC's might look Chanel but the name is inspired by Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem ‘The Jabberwocky'.
65 Rivington Street, EC2A

Cargo
Relaxed bar and ‘street food' café with a broad range of live music and club nights, including Free Fridays....join the queue.
83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY

Loungelover
For something a little glamorous and otherworldly, this beautifully eccentric bar serves an excellent range of deliciously decadent cocktails. Run by Le Trois Garcons.
1 Whitby Street, E1 6JU

Macondo
This cosy Latin-inspired café/bar is great for informal meetings or winding down at the end of the day and serves the best hot chocolate. 8 & 9 Hoxton Square, N1 

The George & Dragon
This charming old-school pub (with a twist of kitsch clutter) is often the place to spot local artists. In 2005 it was fully reconstructed in the ICA as part of the London in Six Easy Steps art installation.
2 Hackney Road, E2 7NS


Eating Out

Rivington Bar & Grill
Back-to-basics British cooking, in a smart but comfortable loft-style space, dotted with works by local artists.
28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ

Pizza East 
Super chic pizzeria in the TEA  Building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road. Part of the Shoreditch House, so meeting all East-End trendster expectations....as well as surprisingly good value for money! Counter deli and gourmet pizzas also available takeaway.
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ

Boundary 
The basement restaurant serves seasonal, classic French and British cooking, whilst the rooftop Bar and Grill with a garden designed by Nicola Lesbirel and Terence Conran, overlooks Shoreditch. 
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7JE

Hoxton Apprentice
Michelin recommended restaurant in a great environment and make a difference as well! The Hoxton Apprentice is part of a group of apprentice restaurants owned by the charity, Training For Life. It is a social enterprise combining two purposes - to serve you great modern European food at affordable prices and also to give apprentices a chance to learn skills that will secure them employment in the hospitality industry.
16 Hoxton Square, N1 6NT

Hoxton Grill
In the style of classic American grills, the Hoxton Grill is on the ground floor of the super-trendy Hoxton Hotel. Comfortable banquette seating, bar, lounge and outdoor space, make this a great place to meet and eat in a relaxed atmosphere.
81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU

Shopping

ArtWords
Dedicated to contemporary art, this bookshop regularly imports new publications from the European continent, North America and Australia. The staff are really knowledgeable and helpful.
65a Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QQ

SCP
Super stylish furniture, lighting, kitchenware, books and quirky gifts, by some of the most famous design names and brands in history. Both a retailer and manufacturer, with friendly staff.
135–139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX

Present-UK
Look for the old Golden Horn Cigarette Company shop sign and enter this stylish menswear store to get kitted out in sartorial splendour: boutique streetwear, high-quality preppy knits, limited edition pieces, shoes and Happy Socks. (also home to the best cup of coffee in London) 
140 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

MAIDEN
Carefully edited selection of fun, affordable design products and books - the wittiest cards, trinkets, vintage toys, games, stuff, things, cute, cool, economical....the best gift/play shop by Noah Crutchfield (former buyer for the Design Museum and Heal's).
188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU

Hoxton Boutique
Quirky, cutting edge clothing sold in a Studio 54 style setting, complete with neon signs and disco balls.
2 Hoxton Street, N1 6NG

City Beverage Company
Stocks a wide range of world wines, teas and coffees. They offer unpretentious good advice on their range and their Friday night wine tastings are open to anyone.
303 Old Street, EC1V 9LA


Hotels

Boundary

12 bedrooms, 5 suites including 4 duplex.  Terence Conran, Vicki Conran, Sir David Tang, Polly Dickens and Priscilla Carluccio have each designed one of the suites.
2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE Tel: 020 7729 1051

RE Hotel

About 15 minute walk from Rivington Place

ACE Hotel 

A trendy hotel bringing the New York vibe to East London. This is a more expensive option for staying in the area. 

Hoxton Hotel

The best thing about this new business hotel are the amazingly cheap rates but it is also pretty cool, with nice touches including roaring fires, flat screen TVs, free WiFi, a gym and a swanky bar and restaurant.
81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU, Tel: 020 7550 1000

Entertainment

Rich Mix
A cross-cultural arts and media centre featuring three fantastic cinema screens.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA, Tel: 020 7613 7490

Hackney Empire
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Matcham, this wonderful theatre was revived and reopened in 1986.
291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ, Tel: 020 8510 4500




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