If you want to know what happens when someone goes to the south of France and comes back with big ideas for an outdoors bar in Shoreditch, come to the Boundary Rooftop at the Boundary Project. Once you get past the snooty staff on the ground floor desk, you’ll find a slightly characterless space populated by suits, and people who are looking at each other like they can’t quite figure out how or why their night has ended up here. That said, outdoor space is at a premium in Shoreditch, and while this should never be your first choice, the views aren’t bad, and a beer, or a glass of wine and a plate of oysters in the sun isn’t the worst way to spend an hour or so.
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Everyone needs an easy any time restaurant, and on Great Eastern Street, the Hoxton Grill does nicely.. Hit it for brunch or American comfort food.
Tayer + Elementary
Tayer + Elementary is a three-part bar in Old Street. You should come here to drink and snack, but you should also come here to eat the tasting menu.
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The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon. It’s a great place for a drink, but the French bistro food is fairly average.
La Petite Ferme
La Petite Ferme is a French restaurant in Farringdon that’s both quite kitsch, and very lovely. It’s an excellent place to eat your weight in cheese.
Mere functions on absolute precision. It might not leave much room for laughs, but the food at this Fitzrovia spot is worth getting organised for.
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