Frugl Local: Shoreditch

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Over the past ten years Shoreditch has turned itself into London’s adult playground.  Curated by hipsters, artists, barista, cocktail makers and chefs this has become the epicentre of all that is good (and indulgent and occasionally lacking in self-awareness) about London.  Most of all though, it’s just a world of fun, invention and entertainment.  There is so much to choose from, but these are our top selections for a cracking and affordable time out East.

Cereal Killer

1. Cereal Killer Cafe – For a place selling sugary, choclatey wheat, rice and corn for a bit of fun, the Cereal Killer Cafe has had quite the bumpy ride over the past couple of years.  Having survived ire and derision from many quarters, not to mention an unexpected attack from urban anarchists, it is now nicely settled and is part of the Shoreditch funny.  And you know what?  We love it.  Sure it’s daft, sure it’s silly, sure you shouldn’t got their every day for a bowl of Bizarro Flakes that are only available in South Idaho, but it’s bringing a bit of colour, light and smiles to the world and that’s surely a good thing! Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm 139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB

Comedy Cafe

2. Comedy Cafe – A London comedy institution.  Everyone from Russell Brand to Harry Hill have cut their teeth on this infamous stage.  Since its refurb in 2012 the downstairs area is a huge bar and restaurant, whilst the new theatre upstairs houses the famous new act night on Wednesdays, plus full weekend shows, DVD records, tour shows and also some top live music from 11pm onwards. Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 1am; Friday/Saturday 4pm – 3am 66-68 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY


3. Bricklayers Arms – Amidst all the knowing hipster manbuns and art school douchebaggery sits the Bricklayers Arms – a good, old-fashioned British boozer that has survived the turbulent changes going on around it by maintaining an air of simple class. Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 11am – 11pm 63 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PE


4. Courtyard Theatre – This tremendous little theatre is the hive of activity you’d expect in Shoreditch.  Curating a mixture of classic productions, new writing, poetry, dance, sketch and improv, it’s yet another addition to the rich London theatrical scene. Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 5pm – Midnight Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield St, London N1 6EU


5. Water Poet – All hail the 2015 winner of the Time Out Best Pub in Shoreditch and Hoxton! Unsurprisingly, the Water Poet has it all: delicious and inventive modern food, a wide range of craft beers, hog roasts, a pool parlour, quizzes and some great comedy nights.  Looks like it’l be tough to wrestle that title off them in 2016. Opening Times: Monday – Friday 11am – 11pm; Saturday Noon – 11pm; Noon- 10:30pm. 9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX


6. Beigel Bake – If ever you doubted that London was one of the great world cities you only need to look at Beigel Bake.  You hear that NYC? We can do round the clock bakeries too.  Dig in to Brick Lanes delicious Jewish heritage and get one of these mighty bagels down your gullet, whether it’s for a cheeky lunch or 4am in the morning post-club, when you need to chew something that’s not the inside of your cheek… Opening Times: 24/7. 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB

Burger Bear

7. Burger Bear – Dark and smoky going ons in the middle of Old Street Roundabout.  From the outside it may look like a tribe of Navajo Indians are signalling for help, but in reality it is Tom Reaney, who has brought fun back to the BBQ.  Banging out some top tunes on his speakers, every day is burger day with his delicious, over-flowing towers of meaty goodness. Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday Noon – 11pm. The Magic Roundabout, Old Street EC1Y 1BE

shoreditch Grind

8. Shoreditch Grind – The perfect mix of classy shop front, punchy coffee and delicious sandwiches and cakes.  The Grind is the first thing to greet you as you exit Old Street station, and it’s pretty tricky to walk past without popping in for a quick brew.  If you don’t have time for than, then head there in the evening as it transmogrifies into an inventive cocktail parlour. Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 7am – 11pm; Friday 7am – 1pm; Saturday 8am – 1am; Sunday 9am – 7pm. 213 Old St, London EC1V 9NR


9. Floripa / The Funny Side of Shoreditch – Bringing a bit of Amazonian exoticism to East London, the inside of Floripa is a cornucopia of colour, cocktails and caipirinhas.  The parties are always vibrant and exciting and go on every single night.  If you’re not up for dancing, then we recommend Wednesday nights there, when The Funny Side comedy club take over and play host to some of the sharpest comics on the London circuit.   Opening Times: Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 2am; Friday/Saturday 5pm – 3am; Sunday 5pm – 1am. 91-93 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HZ

Old Blue Lasy

10. Old Blue Last – A Shoreditch institution.  If you want to see a skinny-jeaned live band before they’re headlining Glastonbury or just get involved in the finest messy indie parties in town, then get yourself down to a pub with an august musical history. Opening Times: Monday – Wednesday Noon – Midnight; Thursday Noon – 1am; Friday – Sunday Noon – 2am. 38 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3ES

Pizza East

11. Pizza East  – Any pizza place that opens for breakfast on the weekends already gets bonus points from us. This, however, is not just any pizza place.  Baked in traditional wood-fired pizza ovens, the toppings sound like delicious Michelin-starred dishes on their own (veal meatballs, prosciutto and cream anyone?) and there is a fabulous array of daily changing specials. Opening Times: Monday – Wednesday Noon – Midnight; Thursday Noon – 1am; Friday Noon- 2am; Saturday 10am – 2am; Sunday 10am – Midnight. 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ


12. The Owl and Pussycat – Hidden away down Redchurch Street is possibly Shoreditch’s best pub.  It certainly has some of the finest and most sophisticated food available, as well as solid, leatherbound interior that gives it a more mature and thoughtful atmosphere than some of the area’s other party bars. Opening Times: Monday Noon – 11pm; Tuesday – Saturday Noon – Midnight; Sunday Noon – 10:30pm. 34 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP


13. Old Truman Brewery – In the pantheon of London markets, the one which hits the Old Truman Brewery is right at the very top.  It provides a wide array of independent designers, pop-up restaurants and unique artists a charming and warm place to tempt you with their exciting wares. Opening Times: 11am – 7pm Daily 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

Norton FOlgate

14. Liberty of Norton Folgate – For a start, you won’t find a coffee shop with a better name in London town.  More importantly, there are few which can match the Liberty’s breadth of coffee knowledge and range of produce.  If you enjoying sipping coffee the way others sample wine, you should definitely check this place out. Opening Times: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4RB


15. Lantana Cafe  – Bringing the best and most delicious aspects of Australian cafe culture to East London, Lantana takes traditional dishes and shoots creativity into them. Opening Times: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturday/Sunday 9am – 4:30pm. Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd, London, EC1Y 1HQ


16. Barrio East – There’s just something about Brazil and Shoreditch that seems to go together so perfectly. This Latin- American themed cocktail bar and cantina serves tapas-style food, then you can burn it off partying into the night in multi-coloured surrounding! Opening Times: Monday 4pm – Midnight; Tuesday/Wednesday 4pm – 1am; Thursday/Friday 4pm – 2am; Saturday 3pm – 2am; Sunday 3pm – Midnight. 141-143 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE

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