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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Book Club Cafe

View from inside the cafe

The Book Club is a new cafe-club in Shoreditch, hidden away on Leonard Street. I spent last Sunday afternoon there with friends.

I love one-off little creative havens. In Manchester I adored TROF, a cafe-club that served delicious food and drinks, was relaxed and comfortable, with good smiley service, interesting artefacts on the walls and excellent evening gigs. Everything you could ever want or need. The Book Club seems similar in style and character.

Often these arty places feel they need to be dirty and scummy to be 'vintage' and hip, particularly in East London, a ridiculous notion. The Book Club is clean and still full of creative flare, with inventive artwork on the expansive walls. The ground floor is huge with comfy seats, and a ping-pong table; downstairs there's a pool table, DJ booth and bar. Food is served all day, and the big breakfasts on the menu look particularly appetising. Delicious fresh juices like pear and raspberry also feature - my personal favourites.

I've heard The Book Club comes alive at night. Live music, art workshops and dance classes are all on offer. Often these nights are free entry, especially if you arrive before 9pm. I urge you to check it out!

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