‘Kitted out for drinking and thinking’- their words not ours- The Book Club provides everything you would expect from its stylish Shoreditch location. The Book Club is beautifully arty, charming and stuffed to the gills with quirk and character. Magnetising the creative and intellectual folk of East London, TBC is worlds apart from the typical London bar scene, albeit slightly colonised by hipsters. Those trendy buggars.
It’s a former Victorian warehouse so is fortunate to be graced with ample open space and giant windows offering buckets of natural light during those warm summer evenings. The venue design is an interesting combination of raw, organic looking materials and soft vintage furnishings giving it a very placid vibe. There is a mish mash of odd, mismatched chairs, white brick walls, long wooden benches and a pristine tiled bar. Split over two floors, the first storey is a quirky cafe-come-diner and the the second being the equally unconventional club portion. It’s worth noting that TBC don’t accept card payments under a tenner, so probably best to swing by an ATM to pick up cash en route otherwise you’ll end up buying 4 drinks a-go and after a few rounds of that, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to say ’book’ let alone read one.
Music: Electro, Indie, Pop, Acoustic, Live
Dress Code: None
Train Station: Shoreditch Highstreet
Address: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
TBC has a wide selection of beers plus an extensive and wittily named cocktail menu, with gems such as the ‘Wray Charles’ and the ‘Lovely Pear of Monkeys’ priced all between £7 and £8. There’s ice water readily available in jugs at the bar for the designated drivers too, so just help yourself! It offers some of the expected indie/folksy anthems but also gives punters the opportunity to suggest songs and compile playlists via The Book Club’s official twitter page as well as hosting a night called ‘Literary Death Match’, where volunteers can slaughter each other with literary extracts in front of a judging panel to crown a winner.
The Book Club will keep you entertained with lively creative events alongside pleasant late-night drinking. It’s rammed with things to keep you occupied such as ping pong and pool tables, and is home turf to some of the most interesting of people with equally impressive skill sets all huddled together over a game of Cluedo. Home to free thinkers and spirited conversationalists, The Book Club also has some of the most unusual and interesting activities on offer. Think: Speed-dating, exhibitions, Short film projections and creative workshops. All that’s missing is like, Life-drawing .. oh no wait, they have that too.
Brush up your Shakespeare- you’ll find yourself using terms like bourgeois and ingénue, uncovering intelligence you thought you’d long lost. The Book Club is filled with passion, warmth and culture which is extremely infectious. But if all that’s not really your bag, you could always just knock back a beer and make a willy out of sculptors clay.