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The Book Club

The Book Club

Bar, Café, and Nightclub££££
Hackney, Shoreditch
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  • Dan D.
    "The wifi key is: thebookclub and server is the website"(5 Tips)
    Iggy H.
    "Try the Shoreditch Twat cocktail if its your first time!"(3 Tips)
    Gavin D.
    "Try the Vegetarian Breakfast - Best veggie breakfast in London"(3 Tips)
    Chase
    "A very large, open space with lots of seating and great ambiance."(5 Tips)
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  • Nuné M.
    Nuné MolinaMarch 9, 2015
    Went to an event called Bar shorts, it's on the basement floor. It was a free event and enjoyed it so much! You could order food as well and drinks. Defo check if there are any events going on! :)
  • Chase
    ChaseJune 6
    Delicious cocktails and a great environment to have a good time with friends or do computer work alone. A very large, open space with lots of seating and great ambiance. Excellent stout beer on tap
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 22, 2012
    Avoid looking like a deer in the headlights when you walk into the bathroom – be aware that the loos are unisex, so you’ll find boys and girls checking out themselves and each other in the mirror. Read more
  • Sophie R.
    Sophie R.June 12, 2011
    Amazing place both to party & see great bands at night, but also for a chilled brunch at weekend or an antisocial moment thanks to free wifi. Like the idea of the "make your own" hangover Bloody Mary!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SemerdjianMarch 15, 2015
    Came here on a sat night and the music was so fun! Great vibe, but the bar situation is annoying. There's one in each floor and a huge line to get to a bartender. Other than that, I loved it.
  • The Cultural Exposé
    This is the King of East-end cool spots for hanging out or enjoying alot of fun stuff going on - like the ping-pong upstairs or their left-field events and exhibitions downstairs. Good eats too.
  • Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls F.
    "The Book Club has a typical ‘East London feel’ to it. We were struck by the quirky bareness of the place. It had furniture that were all odd and are a mixture of long wooden tables, desks and sofas." Read more
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy Rodrigues da CostaOctober 12, 2015
    This is my favourite place in London! It's a cafe, a bar a restaurant and a club all at once! When you go for breakfast please have the pancakes! You won't regret it!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMay 2, 2012
    This commendable bar-club comprises one expansive room - divided by a wall with an oval hole in the middle, giving the illusion that half of Hoxton is here - and a small pool room downstairs. Read more
  • Jonas W.
    Jonas WendlerMarch 30, 2014
    Went there because of all the recommendations, but was slightly disappointed. The music was decent, but it takes ages to get a drink or use the restrooms. The hipster vibe simply attracts, I suppose.
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BakalarNovember 30, 2014
    Quintessential hipster coffee shop in Shoreditch. Free wifi, lots of space, big windows, and great food/coffee. Not a ton of outlets; busy but not hard to get a table.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay D'AndreaSeptember 8, 2014
    Love it here. Great space, perfect atmosphere..lots of outlets and free wifi. My drink with tequila and tobacco was the best cocktail I've had in London. get here.
  • Ian J.
    Ian JindalFebruary 20, 2011
    You need to be chilled out BEFORE you come here. Laid back, slow and dippy service needs a chilled outlook. If you're in a rush, skip this place. If you're killing time, lean back and enjoy.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DayMarch 22, 2015
    The pancakes and the coffee are good. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere all wrapped in a cool interior. Definitely will be back.
  • Maya K.
    Maya KornFebruary 20, 2012
    While there seem to be lots of favourable reviews on this page. My experience was not good. The front of house was unfriendly, seating system disorganised and my poached egg: hard boiled. Bad brunch!
  • Eva S.
    Eva SchnarrenbergerJuly 27, 2015
    Poached eggs on avocado toast is definitely worth a try ! Could have been a bit more runny but it was still delicious !!!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WSeptember 5, 2015
    For the uninitiated American waiting in vain for a waiter to come by, order and pay at the bar. Yes it's written on the menu, but really, who reads instructions?
  • Olivia
    OliviaFebruary 21, 2010
    Great bar to hang out in, take your Macbook during your day and your mates at night. Talks to stimulate the brain cells and spring garden cocktails for the taste buds. Read more
  • Rhea O.
    Rhea O'ConnorMarch 14, 2010
    I would suggest the smoked salmon and eggs if you want a lite bite. It didn't disappoint. Great place to sit and work. They've got good tunes to keep you motivated.
  • Cecilia S.
    Cecilia SunOctober 14, 2012
    Get a jug of Put the Ketel On. It's so tasty you won't know you're drinking vodka. Herbed chicken salad and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs are must orders.
  • Pierre-Ange O.
    Pierre-Ange OlivaFebruary 8, 2015
    Fun fact: they have a real time Facebook fan counter! Don't believe me? Like their Facebook page and look up the wall on the left-hand side of the bar. Read more
  • Iggy H.
    Iggy HammickMay 3, 2013
    Great for working during the day. Great for partying into the night. This place has it all! Try the Shoreditch Twat cocktail if its your first time!
  • Hanne S.
    Hanne S.February 11, 2015
    Breakfast was nice and not expensive at all. You have to order at the bar and pay immediately, which I didn't mind.
  • Kate M.
    Kate MilerMay 21, 2013
    Be careful. Facebook event said entry £5 after 9pm- turned up 8:07pm &said no, it's after 8pm... Then my phone got stolen, they said they'd check cameras, & email me- never did. Haven't replied to me.
  • Victoria V.
    Victoria VeeMay 17, 2013
    Came here for lunch with my company today. Tha place looks quirky and its probably fun at night, but unfortunately the food was less than average.. Not impressed basically.
  • flupme
    flupmeMay 5, 2011
    THE cool place to have a follow-up in London. Eclectic jukebox, big food, ping-pong, knitting, free-wifi. Quintessentially Shoreditch. We love it! Read more
  • Najube
    NajubeApril 7, 2011
    The Pear Crumble (cocktail) is delicious! There's a table tennis table on the ground floor and a (small) pool table in the basement. Nice :)
  • Steph C.
    Steph ChanMarch 13
    Full english breakfast generous in size, good in taste. Spacious for catch up, not so much to work in.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TomlinsonSeptember 26, 2014
    Reasonable (for london) prices for cocktails. Doesn't have an amazing selection of beers but has plenty of space and quirk for a good night out.
  • Dom C.
    Dom CollettAugust 21, 2010
    The book club gets very busy on Sat nights. After 9 you have to pay £5 entry. Plus you can't reserve tables for parties. Get there early.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 27, 2013
    Head upstairs for ping pong and food, although with friends and cocktails you’ve got everything you need downstairs http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/the-book-club
  • BarChick
    BarChickMay 17, 2012
    Welcome to the house of fun! Well almost, think old Victorian school house turned noughties fun time hangout that’s got everything from great cocktails to ping pong. Read more
  • Rodrigo R.
    Rodrigo RiveraMay 16, 2015
    Interesting bar and restaurant. Comfortable chairs to spend hours reading or working. Very limited selection of nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HowellsJune 12, 2010
    Don't dress smartly - e.g. suit/tie as I saw lots of bankers etc. refused entry on Fri/Sat. Very "Shoreditch", but good food and atmosphere.
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberApril 14, 2013
    Good place for drinks and music. Not much on the menu goodwise (just snacks and a burger). But theyhabe wifi, space and good tables.
  • Dimitri A.
    Dimitri AntonissenOctober 29, 2013
    They serve really good breakfast too. Try the buttermilk pancakes with fruit. Or the vegetarian full english breakfast
  • Adnan J.
    Adnan JAugust 14, 2010
    I actually liked this venue, ping pong table, music ok, crowd the typical funny haircuts and thick rimmed eye glasses with cheq shirts.
  • Indiana M.
    Indiana MatineMay 3, 2010
    Ping pong's tournament on Tuesdays is great but very high level. Pool downstairs and good music. They love the kings of Leon.
  • EmeraldStreet
    EmeraldStreetJuly 11, 2011
    It morphs from freelancer-attracting daytime space to a late-night venue with a range of talks, club nights and workshops. Read more
  • Londonist
    LondonistJune 20, 2010
    No surprise this place has so many check-ins. It's the very heart of Shoreditch right now. Our tip is to check out the ceiling in the basement bar - made of light bulbs!
  • Inês L.
    Inês LeiteApril 13, 2014
    If you like video, animation and motion don't miss the Screen Social once a month!! Really good selection!
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.September 13, 2015
    I love this place! I only wished I lived in London to come here more often. It also has a ping pong room for some chilled out plays
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CruickshankFebruary 18, 2013
    It continually astounds me how long it takes to get to the bar in this place. On Fri/Sat night the bar upstairs is always 5 people deep. Doesn't The Book Club want to take my money?
  • Akua O.
    Akua Obeng-FrimpongJuly 21, 2012
    Fantastic breakfast menu - sort yourself out the morning after with a plate of american style pancakes with bacon.
  • Hanna
    HannaOctober 11, 2013
    The food is always great. Autumn menu includes pork chop with mustard mash and braised Savoy cabbage. Yum.
  • Aggelos T.
    Aggelos TaplatzidisFebruary 7, 2014
    The sea bream is overall great, smoked trout nice but quite small. Roast ham and burger are the winners!
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripMay 13, 2011
    The lighbulb ceiling downstairs IS excellent - but don't forget the paisly curtains on the ground floor. We want them.
  • Kate T.
    Kate TurgooseJune 20, 2011
    Very hipster-y but lovely and filling food for not too bad cost wise. Worth checking out if you're in the area. Read more
  • Shreejan P.
    Shreejan PradhanApril 19, 2013
    If you ever look up "Where are the hipsters?", perhaps the first result would be book club! Relaxing atmosphere in the afternoons, party freak in the night. Ping Pong is a great +
  • Dimitrios B.
    Dimitrios BallasNovember 13, 2013
    Best soups in Shoreditch (except for the beetroot one) at £4.95. Ask for extra toast and you might not be charged.
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