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Early week cocktails and a Michelin star tasting-menu

Splashing Out in Shoreditch

Jane Ryan
Escape the ubiquitous cocktail bars and eateries littering London’s famed Shoreditch and discover the local passion for fresh produce, premium spirits and relaxed, friendly hospitality. Early week from Monday to Wednesday pop into Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel for stunningly-crafted post-work cocktails, move onto to Clove Club for their sumptuous tasting menu and finally grab a nightcap at the renowned Happiness Forgets.
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    Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel


    100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ


    Mon-Wed 7am-Midnight Thu-Sat 7am-1am Sun 7am-Midnight

    Arrive between 5:30 – 7pm. Step through the inviting florist, already exuding scents of freshly cut stems and a light fragrance of lilies, on Shoreditch High Street to Hoi Polloi’s restaurant bar. Announced on a newspaper menu, the drinks list is quirky enough to satisfy those well-versed in cocktails, combining new-world spirits such as smoky mezcal with quintessential British notes such as lavender. Perch in a booth and admire the elegant wood panelling and modern lighting before scents coming from the open kitchen become too tantalizing and dinner calls.

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    The Clove Club


    Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT


    Restaurant: Mon 6.30pm-11.30pm Tue-Sat Midday-2pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm Sun CLOSED Bar: Mon-Sat 6pm-11.30pm Sun CLOSED

    Arrive between 7 – 9pm. Recently awarded its Michelin Star, and rightly so, this modern British restaurant is tucked behind the romantic facade of the Town Hall. Guests enter past the larder filled with cured meats and stinky cheese, so before even sitting in the rather Spartan dining room, taste buds are running wild. Course after course of imaginative flavours, perfectly cooked seafood, game and fresh produce and a wine list to dive into makes Clove Club worth every penny. Full, but never grotesquely, the food has finally stopped arriving and it’s time for a nightcap. Please note this restaurant must be booked.

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    Happiness Forgets


    8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU


    Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm Thu 5pm-11.30pm Fri-Sat 5pm-Midnight Sun 5pm-11pm

    Last orders at 11pm Monday - Wednesday. A small, no standing, firm favourite with locals, this bar is accessed down a rickety flight of stairs, leading to a dimly-lit shabby-chic, intimate space. Consistently offering a buzzy yet chilled atmosphere it's easy to see why the place is generally packed. Whether sat at the bar, which dominates the room, or secluded in corner, this New York-inspired bar is ideal to try something new in hands of great staff. Fortified wine cocktails are a must for a lighter approach or dive in the deep end with potentially one of London’s best Penicillins, smokey Scotch, lemon, honey and ginger. And that is surely the ultimate nightcap.


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