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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)
    electrobabe
    "amazing hipster coffee shop in london"(6 Tips)
215 Tips and reviews
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  • 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 Jul 14
  • 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! :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !!!
  • 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.
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaAugust 28
    Delicious cocktails (they have a nice raspberry Bellini for those who wants a light one); you can also play ping pong or piano
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Shaun W.
    Shaun WestonAugust 22
    Cool pancake digs for young ping pong players and hip, dressie-up types with swords and anime shoes.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Steph C.
    Steph ChanMarch 13
    Full english breakfast generous in size, good in taste. Spacious for catch up, not so much to work in.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Dimitri A.
    Dimitri AntonissenOctober 29, 2013
    They serve really good breakfast too. Try the buttermilk pancakes with fruit. Or the vegetarian full english breakfast
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Hanna
    HannaOctober 11, 2013
    The food is always great. Autumn menu includes pork chop with mustard mash and braised Savoy cabbage. Yum.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aiko T.
    Aiko TeraoMarch 11, 2014
    Very nice place to eat something, have a beer, play pool or ping pong. Nice music and relaxed armosphere.
  • Rodrigo R.
    Rodrigo RiveraMay 16, 2015
    Interesting bar and restaurant. Comfortable chairs to spend hours reading or working. Very limited selection of nonalcoholic beverages.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripMay 13, 2011
    The lighbulb ceiling downstairs IS excellent - but don't forget the paisly curtains on the ground floor. We want them.
  • Fabio D.
    Fabio De BernardiFebruary 28, 2011
    If the soup of the day is celery and fennel go for it! Absolutely delicious, with a hint of spicy.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleySeptember 8, 2013
    Cafe by day, hipstery dance venue by night. Nice lunch options and free wifi for daytime lounging.
  • Louise M.
    Louise Mc FOctober 6, 2013
    Sweet spot, excellent RnB DJ. Bar is small for service & packed. Prepare to Q. Funky friendly spot.
  • Arnau B.
    Arnau BronsomsDecember 7, 2015
    Great open space and atmosphere! Eat something, drink whatever you want, play ping-pong...
  • Tom C.
    Tom CallardJanuary 16, 2010
    Great for a hungover Sunday. Get a strong coffee, fresh oj and the full English to accompany the Sunday papers.
  • Joëlle M.
    Joëlle M.March 7, 2014
    Wifi password is thebookclub, all lowercase. Try the tagini and pinot group rosé for a yummy vegetarian lunch!
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