Aside from having the famous Orange Buffalo as its latest semi-permanent residency, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is a great place for a little rowdiness. There’s always great music, and although it’s not the smartest place, you’re guaranteed a laugh here. Especially if you surprise your mates with one of Orange Buffalo’s ‘Viper’ hot wings.
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If you’re looking for serious meats, Smokestak in Shoreditch is your answer. The Southern barbecue, especially the brisket, is the best in London.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
Pizza East is one of the best casual spots in Shoreditch for an easy dinner with a few friends.
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You go to Meat Mission when you want a strong drink and something filthy, delicious and burger-related to eat in Shoreditch.
Duck & Waffle Local
Duck and Waffle’s second location doesn’t have spectacular views, nor is it open 24 hours, but it’s a solid low risk option in Piccadilly.
Hubbard & Bell
Located in the Hoxton hotel next to Holborn station, British restaurant Hubbard & Bell is a convenient spot for meeting friends, or late night eats.
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Shoreditch Sky Terrace
Shoreditch Sky Terrace bar’s hidden location and crowd control means that you feel like you are at a private pool party in Ibiza.
Butchies have been serving their excellent fried chicken ‘sandwich’ at markets and festivals across London - this is their first permanent spot.
Flight Club is a darts-themed bar, and it’s basically the hipster upgrade to playing darts in a pub
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