Look under the dictionary definition of Shoreditch, and you might as well see a picture of Concrete on a Saturday night. Famed for its industrial warehouse stylings, outrageous soundsystem, Irony-drenched club nights and a clientele draped in designers you’ve never heard of, Concrete has come to define this modern corner of East London. Highlights include ‘Hung Up’, the fortnightly 90s hip hop night, and ‘Verses’, a genre-bending mash up party.
BEST FOR: Spice Girls fans; compulsive dancers.
THE DETAILS: Lower Ground Floor,
56 Shoreditch High Street,
London, E1 6JJ.
With a guest book that looks like a Who’s Who of house music, XOYO is perhaps London’s most decorated DJ club. Set over two concrete and air duct clad floors, XOYO welcomes both next-big-things and household names to its vaunted decks, across perhaps the busiest weekend roster going. Saturday nights – where the Residency Series sees the likes of Skream, Eats Everything, Jackmaster and Scuba put in a serious shift in the booth – are a firm favourite with those in the know.
BEST FOR: Serious sets; big names.
THE DETAILS: 32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP
What did we do with railway arches before the likes of Cargo came along? Set in the domed grandeur of a brick-lined underground plot, Cargo makes the most of its assets by bringing in big-name DJ’s, eclectic live acts, and a serious good time crowd. In the day, it’s all foosball tables, grill house style small plates and designer sunglasses; by night, however, revellers can expect lazer shows, table-top dancing and a ticker-tape shower timed to every drop. Choo Choo.
BEST FOR: Day to night fun; a good time crowd.
THE DETAILS: 83 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY
With a name that reeks of middle-aged women, middling finger food, and wines that pair well with the new Coldplay CD, the Book Club sounds like one of the least exciting ways to spend your Thursday night. But stick with us. Because this raucous subterranean bar and club is perhaps the most creative and vibrant in East London. The cocktails alone are worth an initial trip (might we recommend the Lorraine Kelly?) while the absurd roster of events rewards multiple visits. Expect punchy bands, playful DJs, disco dance-offs, film dance-alongs, ping-pong tournaments, video game nights, speed-dating extravaganzas and serious hoon-ups.
BEST FOR: Off the wall fun; overly competitive ping pong players.
THE DETAILS: 100 – 106, Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
East London’s undisputed ruling monarch, the Queen of Hoxton magimixes a ridiculously hyped restaurant, a community pub, a ultra-social bar and a cutting edge nightclub into one delicious concoction. World renowned DJs drop into to cater for the cool kids in the lively basement dancehall, while those upstairs are treated to ambitious food, truly original decor and a huge, wig-wammed rooftop. God save the Queen.
BEST FOR: A bit of everything; rooftop majesty.
THE DETAILS: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX