If you’ve spent any amount of time working from coffee shops in Shoreditch, you’ll know that the Ace Hotel is the default for most people. Problem is, it’s hard to work in a hotel lobby when guests start knocking back drinks in the middle of the afternoon, especially at a place as sceney as the Ace. Go to Forge & Co across the road, which is perfectly set up for working: there are tables for work and meetings, sofas for informal chats, fast wifi, and a full menu if you’re planning to spend the whole day there.
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Rochelle Canteen is a sort of secret restaurant in Shoreditch. The space is nice and relaxing, and the rotating British menu is always excellent.
The Peruvian dishes at Andina in Shoreditch cover a ton of situations, and the dining room is a place you’ll want to hang around.
Wright Brothers Spitalfields
You can get a shellfish tower or a posh seafood dinner at Wright Brothers Spitalfields. Or, you can get oysters for a quid a pop, 3-6pm every day.
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A Soho classic that's stood the test of time and is still great today. Pop in at lunch for a drink and their smoked eel sandwich.
Chicken Shop does posh rotisserie chicken and sides, in a vibey Kentish Town restaurant.
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