Day or night, London is alive with music, laughter and general merriment. The main tourist areas such as the West End, Piccadilly Circus and Marble Arch, hold a whole host of pubs, bars and clubs to enjoy, however, there is a new area in town that is fast becoming the place to be in London’s fair city.
Shoreditch has an apothecary history and now it is home to many web based companies, making it an up and coming urban area; this is also highlighted by that fact that the prestigious Montcalm chain of luxury hotels in london have very recently built a brand new hotel in the area.
M By Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is situated a short walk away from Angel tube station and its 269 rooms are packed full of modern technology and complimentary luxuries from Elemis and Hermes. With such an elegant place to stay, it’s only fair that you see what is on offer in the Shoreditch area.
Rock the Jazz Bar
Another hidden speakeasy gem right in the middle of Shoreditch, The Nightjar Bar offers live jazz and delicious cocktails to all its visitors. Its interior is simplistic with plain brickwork walls and old furniture but it just adds to the feel of the bar. Live jazz, soul, blues and rock are played Wednesdays through to Saturdays with Friday being taken up by a resident DJ treating you to some retro delights. The cocktails are reasonably priced and mixed by professionals who use different techniques to tantalise your senses, such as using absinthe smoke. This is a real find and one that will have you toe-tapping all night long.
Head Over to Jerusalem
Tiny but perfectly formed, the Jerusalem Tavern is perfect for ale connoisseurs. With a selection of the finest rare breed ales due to being the only supplier of East Anglia’s St Peter’s Brewery in London, it is a very popular joint which means you have to get there early to grab yourself a seat. The seats are quite contained in this small building which allows you privacy to choose from a vast selection of ales such as King Cnut, fruity ales and organic ales. The atmosphere is friendly, with many locals regularly propping up the bar so be prepared to have a laugh and to thoroughly enjoy yourself in this tiny treasure.
If you, like many of the people in the world, are a fan of football, then Bar Kick is the place for you. Over two floors it holds 10 French Bonzini ‘babyfoot’ tables and as soon as you step inside you can hear the chanting, arguing and tactic talks going on from all corners of the bar. They also host live football screenings as well as a comedy night every Monday but it is the vast selection of imported beers that keep the customers coming back for more.
Support the Local Wine Bar
Husband and wife, Charlotte and Michael Sager-Wilde have taken their business from strength to strength, from pop-up wine nights to a fully functioning wine bar, they have truly done an amazing job. Sager + Wilde have an incredible collection of over 30 wines, from premium to extremely rare and they are all offered by the glass. To compliment their wine stock, Sager + Wilde also offer a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches, tartines, homemade pickles and cured meat. It only holds around 60 people but, if you are a true lover of wine, then this is a must-see for you.
There ain’t no Party like a Fabric Party
Less than 10 minutes walk from M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is Fabric, one of the most famous Night clubs in London. Housed on an old Victorian meat cellar site, it is renowned worldwide for hosting genuinely talented local resident DJs alongside up and coming talent. Fabric’s belief is that each and every night should be centered around amazing music; with the bass crashing through the speakers while the clubbers dance to the beats of R n B, House, drum’n’ bass and electro. Saturday nights are when the best DJ’s from all over the world come to play their sets at Fabric, however, you will have to be extremely dedicated as, not only can it get extremely crowded, but the headlining act doesn’t generally grace the stage until 3am. Sunday nights are gay nights where the tunes are banging and the drinks are flowing. Fabric is known worldwide for its eclectic mix of music, so head down so you can enjoy the vibes and tick it off your bucket list.
Bringing European Vibes to the Big Smoke
If you want to be whisked across to Europe in an instant, Colebrooks can take you there. It is a relaxed bar that offers a taste of many countries across the continent; from French cheeses to Italian hams, from Spanish black pudding to a stunning collection of sharing platters. The trip doesn’t end there as, even though the wine list is quite quaint, it spans several countries, as do the beers but, if you wanted to stay closer to home, the friendly bar staff are always on hand to whip up one of many classic cocktails. Even though it is close to Angel tube station, it still retains a soft, calming vibe which many bars in the area now lack. It holds live music performances throughout the week, such as guitar musicians, accordion players, all of which will catapult you to France and beyond. If you are there throughout the day, soft jazz and blues music is played to enhance the splendid and rare quiet and serene atmosphere that Colebrooks has to offer.