Queen of Hoxton could be re-named Queen of Shoreditch- the quirky nature of this bar ensures it’s a firm favourite amongst locals and a must for anyone visiting the land of hipsters and young creatives. The downstairs bar is funky and somewhat grungy with graffiti covered walls and steel poles connected to the ceiling covered in green ivy. There is table tennis during the day, a vintage pinball machine and a retro photo booth to snap all those ‘best forgotten’ drunken moments.
Head downstairs and you will find yourself in the basement, an even darker, clubbing space that opens later, it’s the perfect place to thrust your best dance floor shapes to the beats that the various DJ’s spew out until the early hours.
But the cherry on the Queen of Hoxton cake and the main reason peeople flock here (particularly during the summer months) is undoubtedly its quirky rooftop terrace. After climbing a few flights of stairs you will find yourself in a beautifully designed area with great views over the city. Here there are colourful huts selling drinks including one specifically for slush puppies and a BBQ area where you can feast on chicken skewers or burgers with a large helping of side salads.
As you look around you will see plenty of pots of flowers, colourful chairs and tables, some rather rickety as we had the misfortune of finding out (watching a whole round of drinks fall to the floor was not the high point of our night). There’s even a merry go round seating area which gets more fun (or annoying depending on your mood) as slightly tipsy revellers inevitably decide to push you round. There are regular open-air cinema nights and other random events so it’s worth checking their website for updates. One QL tip, it gets pretty mobbed on the rooftop area, particularly on weekends, so arrive early to see it in all its glory! Grab your coolest shades and head to Queen of Hoxton- the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate youth club for the adults of the East Side.’
Have a look at their website here!