Heading into Hoxton and want to know the best places to go? We’ve got you covered. Discover all the East London hotspots hidden amongst the buzzing urban streets with our local’s guide to Hoxton.
Well known for its arty scene, independent bars and quirky shops, Hoxton is the ideal destination for anybody looking for a fun-filled day out.
Absorb the East London energy by making the most out of the area’s variety of restaurants, cafés and bars. Dig into a delicious array of seafood at Gigi’s Hoxton, or tuck into a traditional British roast at The Princess of Shoreditch. Take a sip from an extensive menu of cocktails at Hoxton’s most stylish rooftop bar Golden Bee, or enjoy the carefree vibe at sassy cocktail bar Nikki’s where you have the option of going bottomless at one of their brunch events.
Make the most out of your time within the city’s creative hub and book a tour to witness some of the areas coolest street art or check out some of the eye-catching art installations at the Hoxton Gallery and Gallery Fumi.
While you’re in the heart of East London, why not book a ride and experience the charming streets of Bethnal Green. Hoxton taxis too expensive? Try booking a minicab with Addison Lee instead.
WHERE TO DRINK
You’ve never been anywhere like the White Lyan. You just haven’t. How do we know this? Because this, the first bar of industry guru Ryan Chetiyawardana, is a cocktail bar which doesn’t hold or stock any ingredients. That means no juice, no spirits and no fresh fruit. Not even ice is used to make these drinks. Every single cocktail is pre-prepared in ready to drink bottles that have been chilled to perfection. Each drink lovingly created hours before the bar even opens. So not only are they perfectly consistent, there’s also no waste when they’re being made. Unique, one-of-kind, call it what you will. We call it delicious.
153-155 Hoxton St, N1 6PJ
From the incredibly clever and innovative to the outright good fun. Floripa is a Brazilian bar that’s all about embracing the carnival vibe and running with it. Named after a famous Brazilian party island, Floripa invites you to come in and sink a few cold beers or icy caiprinhas over the course of a long sweaty evening. Dancing is more than encouraged, it’s practically mandatory as the South American party atmosphere really takes over. Eating is also an option if you’re interested, as their concise but attractive food menu will attest. There’s quite often live music to get the night really going and look out for the table football table. Often the site of a hard won contest or hustle.
91-93 Great Eastern St, EC2A3HZ
Popularity among bars is a funny thing. Sometimes it derives from a good location, other times it’s down to the quality of the drinks or atmosphere, and on some rare occasions it’s just when you get everything right, all at once. Happiness Forgets is – as you might have guessed – one of those rare gems. A place that welcomes you underground into its stylish den with all the friendly clamour of an old pal. Then proceeds to ply you with drinks that are both technically excellent and fun to slug on, all set to the backdrop of speakeasy style bar. Good idea to book ahead as a table is required and it’s mighty popular.
8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
WHERE TO EAT
Famous for serving a range of magical meaty dishes from dirty burgers, to build your own vegan dogs, this foodie haven is one to try. If you’re looking for a filthy yet ‘insta’ worthy meal, you’ll find this restaurant located on Hoxton Market. Make sure you arrive hungry as the menu is bound to entice you into wanting more than you may be able to fit in your belly.
15 Hoxton Market, N1 6HG
Michelin starred up to the hilt, The Clove Club is something a little bit different to most restaurants. Even by Hoxton’s standards. Set in the old Shoreditch Town Hall, the Clove Club insists that you like what it serves. It does this by dishing out a five course set menu with absolutely no wiggle room (although there is also a veggie menu to choose from as well). This means you eat what you’re served or you go hungry. So it’s not one for the unadventurous. The term ‘open kitchen’ is really put to the test here with chefs going so far as to serve straight to the table, themselves. There’s also a bar in the front where you can order nibbles if you’re not ready for the full whack.
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, EC1V 9LT
If you love chicken, then you might have already heard of this place. Cocotte is a rotisserie restaurant and can be found nestled away on Hoxton Square. Enjoy the taste of their popular chicken that is marinated for 24 hours in a secret recipe made up of herbs and spices. If that’s not enough to get you through the door, then perhaps a helping of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese will change your mind.
8 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
WHAT TO DO
Roll down the ramp from Dalston Junction overground station, out onto Kingsland Road in front of you and you’ll pretty much bump noses with the stunning Rio Cinema. A Grade II listed art deco palace, the Rio has been showing the very best in Indy flicks and Hollywood blockbusters for over 100 years. It’s been repeatedly named as one of the best cinemas in London by a number of publications and it’s not hard to tell why. For a place with only one screen they have to be quite careful about what they show. Come at the right time and you may catch one of their special screenings or even festivals.
130 Hoxton St, N1 6SH
If you enjoy live music you’ll be pleased to hear that Hoxton is absolutely crawling with places you can go to get your fix. From pop to punk to kinds of stuff you’ve never even heard of, it’s all here. One of our absolute favourites is Hoxton’s famous Underbelly. Set in the basement of colourful bar Zigfrid von Underbelly, this place was originally created to serve the adoring fans of east London with pop and synth sounds of 70s New York. Today it welcomes all kinds of music to its modest club. Small enough to feel intimate, large enough to throw a proper party.
11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
THE COURTYARD THEATRE
In London you’ll quite often find theatres that have been converted into something else, but it’s not all that common to find public libraries that have been converted into theatres. The Courtyard is that exception to the rule. Operating one large and one smaller theatre out of this stunning Grade II listed building, it’s renowned for putting on what is commonly known as ‘fringe theatre’. The Courtyard are another Hoxton establishment that keep pushing the envelope of what’s possible for young creatives. Be a part of it.
Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield St, N1 6EU