The Nightjar is without a doubt one of the places you imagined when you moved to London from your hometown: it’s fancy, and with classy cocktails and service, and a jazz band that gets the room moving later in the evening, there’s a lot of pretty things to look at. It’s a ‘speakeasy’ done right, and you’ll have to book ahead to get a table here, but it’s definitely worth it.
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Rochelle Canteen is a hidden gem in Shoreditch. The space is nice and relaxing, and the rotating British menu is always excellent.
Tramshed is all about British chicken and steak, served in memorable surroundings. It’s handy for last minute group dinners - get the Yorkshire pud.
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.
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Portobello Star is a very popular local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Especially ones with gin.
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.
At Trailer Happiness you’ll find tiki vibes, rum-heavy cocktails, and lots of people starting (and ending) a rowdy night out in Notting Hill.
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Well & Bucket
Well & Bucket is a neighbourhood pub in Shoreditch. In addition to being very pretty inside, there’s a garden in the back and decent food, too.
There are a lot of upscale cocktail bars in Shoreditch, but with great drinks, live music, and switched-on service, Joyeaux Bordel is one of the best.
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