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Put simply – it’s a good time. Shoreditch and Hoxton are some of the best spots for going out in the whole of London, never mind just East London. The many fantastic bars and eateries in the area are enough to tempt anyone, and it has some fantastic rooftop bars for those who love a panoramic view of the city. Whatever your idea of a good night out, you’ll find it in Shoreditch and Hoxton!
Our favourites in Shoreditch
by Nick Marsh · in Bars & Nightlife
The Best Bars Near Old Street
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Why go to Shoreditch?
For the adventurous and the playful, Shoreditch is a hub of fun and games. If you’re stuck for what to do, many bars around Shoreditch offer activities like mini-golf, axe-throwing, shuffleboard and more. Those who crave a more cultural slice of the city might also want to check out our guide to the best jazz bars in Shoreditch. You’re spoiled for choice when visiting Shoreditch. Those who love fine cocktails in an exclusive setting will want to check out the hidden gem that is Looking Glass. If you’re into live music and lots of it, Old Street Records is where you want to be. And for something completely different, we can’t recommend the thrilling Trapeze Bar enough, where you can eat and drink the days and nights away surrounded by live circus performers. If you want to venture into Hoxton, then one of our favourite spots for a drink is The Queen of Hoxton, a local institution. It’s one of the best rooftop bars in London, offering incredible views of the city skyline as the sun goes down. And the fun doesn’t stop there, with three floors of tunes, and deals on cocktails throughout the week. For a quieter drink in Hoxton, check out the Red Lion, with its games room and its comfy sofas in front of a roaring fire.
History Of Shoreditch
Shoreditch lies in London’s East End, and is synonymous with both the city’s creative sector and its buzzing nightlife. Many of London’s artists and creatives live, work and socialise in Shoreditch, and particularly in Hoxton, a district within Shoreditch that spawned many successful art galleries in the latter half of the 20th century. In the days of the Tudor kings and queens, Shoreditch was known as the home of theatre – William Shakespeare himself lived in nearby Bishopsgate. With its close proximity to the financial City of London, the area also became known for merchant wealth. In later centuries, industries such as textiles rose to prominence in nearby Spitalfields, and the area became a hub for makers of fine furniture. Much of what they made is commemorated to this day at the Geffrye Museum, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from Hoxton Overground station. These days, Shoreditch is better known for being home to some of the best bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in London. Any Londoner who loves good food and drink will have spent time in Shoreditch and Hoxton, and the best cocktail bars in Shoreditch also happen to be some of the best cocktail bars in the city.