If you’ve spent any amount of time working from coffee shops in Shoreditch, you’ll know that the Ace Hotel is the default for most people. Problem is, it’s hard to work in a hotel lobby when guests start knocking back drinks in the middle of the afternoon, especially at a place as sceney as the Ace. Go to Forge & Co across the road, which is perfectly set up for working: there are tables for work and meetings, sofas for informal chats, fast wifi, and a full menu if you’re planning to spend the whole day there.
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Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Looking Glass is an Alice in Wonderland-themed bar in - yes - Shoreditch, with a chilled cocktail bar out front, and a ‘speakeasy’ behind a mirror.
Genesis is an entirely plant-based take on your classic counter service diner near Spitalfields.
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The Wigmore is a good place to hit if you’re in central and need to kill some time with a drink and some great bar snacks.
The Morgan Arms
Easily one of the nicest pubs in the Bow and Mile End area with plenty of cask ales and bottled beer from across the UK, and the roasts are great.
Minnow is a neighbourhood place in Clapham serving Modern British dishes. There’s a patio at the back, as well as a bar downstairs for date night.
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