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The Book Club

The Book Club

Bar, Café, and Nightclub££££
Hackney, London
  • Has a stamp of approval from Londonist and Time Out London
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    • Time Out London
  • 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)
    "amazing hipster coffee shop in london"(6 Tips)
213 Tips and reviews
  • trendy
  • casual
  • lively
  • breakfast food
  • cocktails
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  • Chase
    ChaseJune 6, 2016
    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
  • 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! :)
  • Sophie R.
    Sophie R.June 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SMarch 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !!!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaAugust 28, 2016
    Delicious cocktails (they have a nice raspberry Bellini for those who wants a light one); you can also play ping pong or piano
  • 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.
  • Shaun W.
    Shaun WestonAugust 22, 2016
    Cool pancake digs for young ping pong players and hip, dressie-up types with swords and anime shoes.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mara M.
    Mara MJanuary 6
    LOOOOVED IT. Staff was attentive. Nice looking people on bar area. Underground dance scene in the basement. I really loved it!
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 27, 2013
    Head upstairs for ping pong and food, although with friends and cocktails you’ve got everything you need downstairs
  • Dimitri A.
    Dimitri AntonissenOctober 29, 2013
    They serve really good breakfast too. Try the buttermilk pancakes with fruit. Or the vegetarian full english breakfast
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Hanna
    HannaOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is always great. Autumn menu includes pork chop with mustard mash and braised Savoy cabbage. Yum.
  • 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 :)
  • Dimitris B.
    Dimitris BallasNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best soups in Shoreditch (except for the beetroot one) at £4.95. Ask for extra toast and you might not be charged.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Louise M.
    Louise Mc FOctober 6, 2013
    Sweet spot, excellent RnB DJ. Bar is small for service & packed. Prepare to Q. Funky friendly spot.
  • Ро дри го Р.
    Interesting bar and restaurant. Comfortable chairs to spend hours reading or working. Very limited selection of nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Giulio L.
    Giulio LesoOctober 23, 2013
    Really cool club, delicious food and great drinks! Also you can play table tennis guys
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleySeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe by day, hipstery dance venue by night. Nice lunch options and free wifi for daytime lounging.
  • Petter P.
    Petter PalanderJune 14, 2012
    Such a great place. Relaxed atmosphere, awesome food & interior. If in London go here.
  • Polly W.
    Polly WainesAugust 14, 2014
    A good option for a faff free weekend brunch. No queuing and some good things on the menu.
  • Nora J.
    Nora JonssonSeptember 1, 2015
    this place is wicked! great drinks as well as the nicest brekkie. had the best of times here.
  • James W.
    James WestonJuly 29, 2012
    The burger from street kitchen in the basecamp. Worth a do.
  • 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
  • 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 +
  • Emelia S.
    Emelia SmithDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent hang out place in london, and the ping pong table ignites some very interesting challenges.
  • 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
  • Pik
    PikSeptember 5, 2011
    I love this place! The music is always great. Try the Don't Go to Dalston if you like gin.
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripMay 13, 2011
    The lighbulb ceiling downstairs IS excellent - but don't forget the paisly curtains on the ground floor. We want them.
  • Aidan H.
    Aidan HornsbyAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice vibe at night or good for brunch. Order 'The Shoreditch Twat' for a friend you don't like.
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