The Hottest Hangouts in London’s East End
Shoreditch, the edgy East London neighborhood that hugs the city’s financial and tech districts, is in flux. Once known for its kebab shops and nightclubs, the 2007 arrival of Shoreditch House marked the start of a new era, drawing the creative and media crowds. Now it is evolving again, into a more sophisticated, well-heeled destination. Here, our pick of the most soigné spots to visit.
From the Gansevoort's Michael Achenbaum comes this industrial-chic hotel — his first outside the U.S. With its rooftop pool, soundproofed disco, and restaurant by Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson, it is already attracting the work-hard, play-hard set. doubles from $309; entrées $21–$37.
This concept store and café offers smart home accessories, such as textural ceramics by Hasami Porcelain, and a careful fashion edit that includes exclusives by Être Cécile and eyewear designer ZanZan.
A chic, minimalist boutique that stocks established luxury brands like Valextra alongside pieces by less-known designers, such as kimono-style coats from Japanese menswear label Visvim.
From Art Nouveau – inspired wallpaper (check out the reimagined William Morris prints) to covetable cushions, chairs, and lamps, this interiors store is a trove of flamboyant furnishings.
London’s latest nightlife trend is the liquor store that doubles as a bar. At the forefront is this Kingsland Road bottle shop, where patrons can browse a superb choice of Japanese whiskies or sample one in the subterranean cocktail bar.
Once the setting for Friday-night raves, the imposing Shoreditch Town Hall now houses the area’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef Isaac McHale lives up to the hype with all-British dishes such as Cornish mackerel with rhubarb and toasted oats. prix fixe menus from $97.
Up-and-coming mixologist Matt Whiley is on a mission to serve zero-waste, sustainable cocktails, meaning most ingredients used in his handsome bar — from beets to cherry bark — are sourced from the British Isles.
Rooms in this futuristic, Ron Arad–codesigned property come with Natura Bissé amenities and sake in the mini-bar, while the restaurant serves inventive dishes (try the Benedict Matsuhisa, with crab, spinach, crispy tofu, and shiso béarnaise) as well
as the usual Nobu favorites. doubles from $322; entrées $7–$54.