THE W.A.GREEN GUIDE TO SHOREDITCH: FOOD
If there’s one thing Shoreditch is really good at, it’s food. From the bagel shops of Brick Lane to the higher-end eateries, there’s a little something for every taste and budget. Check out our top tips on places to chow down in East London below. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it...
FOR BANGING BREAKFASTS
We’ve mentioned that our Zoe is a huge fan of Ruby’s before but something that the whole team can agree on is the wonders of Ruby’s sausage sandwiches. Grab yourself a Cumberland sausage in ciabatta with roasted onions and fresh tomato - it actually feels like you’re getting a cuddle, especially if you’re a tad hungover. Paired with one of their very strong coffees, this is a right treat. Also recommended for lunch! Weekdays only.
35-42, Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG
Where the cool kids hang. While you may think this one is only for working millennials, the food here is actually really worth a trip into town. The vast dining room gives it a relaxed vibe you might still find yourself there for lunch service. We highly recommend a visit for brunch on a Sunday when they have a string quartet playing contemporary tunes.
100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
Franco’s is a traditional Italian worker’s style café so don’t expect any sourdough bread here. Nevertheless, you’ll spot it with it’s trendy Thierry Noir street art. This is the place for a no fuss, full on Full English. “Mother’s Pride knows best!”
67 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
The Breakfast Club
There’s a queue for a reason and we’re always willing to wait for it. The kitsch interior and laidback attitude of The Breakfast Club gives us all kinds of feels. Go for the pancakes, you know you want to.
2-4 Rufus Street, London, N1 6PE
FOR LUNCH ON THE RUN
Like Japanese food? This is the place for you. The sushi is handmade by restaurant-trained chefs using ingredients delivered fresh each morning. This is a step up from any food chain. First time visitors get a ‘surprise’ while they wait and if you’re there after the lunchtime crush and get lucky with one of the very few tables you’ll receive ‘surprises’ whilst your food is being prepared. The clue is in the name, eh?
52 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4PH
The best chicken sandwich in town! Butchies used to be a street food favourite but the company has now opened the doors to its first spot in Shoreditch. They sell New York-inspired fried chicken sandwiches which are to die for. The space is casual and the staff are friendly, but be warned the Butchies hot sauce is savage.
22 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DY
On the Bab
If sticky Korean is what you’re lusting for then this place is well up there. Yes, this place has nothing to do with kebabs but instead serves Korean small plates inspired by street food eats. There are plenty of tables but usually a long queue means take out is the only way to get your fix. We recommend the fried chicken buns or the mushroom fritter buns if you’re veggie.
305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA
Don’t forget to also keep an eye out for the Street Food Markets around Brick Lane. We're fans of the falafel stall next to Shoreditch High Street station – super tasty, super friendly, super cheap.
LONG LAZY LUNCHES
A chic retreat in a school’s bike shed turned arts and media complex in Arnold Circus. Head here if you’re after simply cooked, stunning food in tranquil surroundings. A real gem and now open on Saturdays.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES, United Kingdom
Another eaterie, another former school. Radio Alice Pizzeria create individually prepared sourdough pizzas at reasonable prices. A lovely place to sit outside if weather permits.
16 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 6NT
Andina serves Peruvian ceviche, street food, smoothies and cocktails in a South American-inspired setting. We approve of the lighting situation in this place! Andina is part of the Ceviche family and this informal setting is also great for brunch.
1 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ
Located on the ground floor of the Tea Building in Shoreditch, this restaurant is great for both lunch and dinner. A tribute to honest cooking, Head Chef James Lowe has brought together an established network of farmers and fisherman to serve seasonal British fare. On the pricier side but you do like treating yourself.
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
TO WINE AND DINE AT DINNERTIME
The Princess of Shoreditch
The Princess is a pretty gastro pub serving proper British food and a great Sunday roast. Don’t forget the Sticky Toffee Pudding for an extra treat.
76-78 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE
The Clove Club
Sometimes we just like to go swanky and if a 12 course tasting menu is your thing then you’ve found your heaven. The Clove Club was voted number 26 out of the top 50 restaurants of the world. Not bad at all for a local Shoreditch haunt that started out life as a supper club.
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT,
Oklava is probably one of our favourite restaurants in London right now. This contemporary Turkish restaurant aims to push boundaries. It’s a great place to perch for a few small plates at the bar or to devour with friends in a group setting. The stand out dish is the “lahmacun” cooked in their huge open oven.
74 Luke Street, London EC2A 4PY
St Leonards is a brand new restaurant from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer, and it’s getting a lot of hype from those in the know. We go for the interior design as much as the food and you'll be in big trouble for instagramming every inventive plate.
70 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4QX
For more of our top tips on places to visit in Shoreditch, check out our journal for insight into interiors, antiques and more.