Shoreditch Sky Terrace is a chilled rooftop bar accessed through the lobby of the Courthouse hotel in Shoreditch. While most rooftop spots get rammed when the sun comes out for a few minutes, the bar’s hidden location and crowd control means that the vibe is always closer to a private pool party in Ibiza than a Yate’s Wine Bar in Reading. It’s legitimately lovely when the sun’s out, and though the drinks are definitely an afterthought, it’s worth it for a nice view of the surrounding steeples and the City in the distance. Make a booking, or get there early.
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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.
Smoking Goat Shoreditch
Smoking Goat in Shoreditch serves regional Thai food. It satisfies rather than stuns, but it’s ideal for sharing.
Tramshed is all about British chicken and steak, served in memorable surroundings. It’s handy for last minute group dinners - get the Yorkshire pud.
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The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
Max’s Sandwich Shop
Max’s Sandwich Shop in Stroud Green serves inventive sandwiches with buckets of personality. It’s fast becoming a North London institution.
Portobello Star is a very popular local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Especially ones with gin.
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As far as bars go, Happiness Forgets in Shoreditch is nearly perfect. It’s a small room with casual, local vibes and actually great cocktails.
Homeslice Pizza Shoreditch
The pizzas at Homeslice in Shoreditch will make anyone you’re with happy. They’re a bit pricey, but big enough to split with a few people.
London’s third Nobu, hidden away in the basement of their self-named hotel in Shoreditch. The space is impressive and the menu is predictively pricey.
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