The Shoreditch set are considered the coolest clique in town, so head east and hang out with the hipsters at Ozone Coffee Roasters.
The too-cool-for-school staff are as über-trendy as the surroundings, but don’t fret, there’s both style and substance brewing here, with the perfectly roasted coffee the locals queue up to buy.
2. Flight Club
After a wander through Truman’s Brewery to the boutiques of Brick Lane and beyond to the retail container camp that is Box Park, grab an obligatory salt beef bagel before heading to Flight Club, to try your hand at one of Britain’s most sociable sports: darts. It’s every lazy boy’s dream, with electronic scoring, craft beer and pizza delivered direct to your dartboard by the fun-loving Flight Club team.
Take a quick 5 stop hop-over on the tube (or a 45 minute picturesque walk if you’re feeling fit), to Tottenham Court Road, making your way past the British Museum and through the maze of Fitzrovia, to Bubbledogs. The chalk and cheese of the culinary world, here you can casually pair a Sloppy Joe hotdog with a magnum of Fleury Blanc de Noirs, or one of 60 other Champagnes you can sip by the glass or bottle while you devour your dawg. Can’t decide which to try first? Then consult its online maître d’, who will choose for you, based on the type of day you’ve had, your favourite James Bond, and what you’re planning on munching today. And when it comes to Champagne selection, it doesn’t get more scientific than that.
If you’re not feeling down with the dogs but the bubbles are calling, head to NolaRola for its famous bottomless lunch. Tuck into unlimited ribs, prosecco and whiskey punch for just £29 in this industrial-style backyard, that feels cosily like you’ve dropped in for a barbie round your mate’s. You have two hours to do your worst. But be warned, you may be summoned to the stocks if you don’t clear your plate, so eat up hungry people!
5. Sounds Familiar
If you’re still standing and looking for something to get up to when the sun goes down, get competitive, and get dancing on those tables, at the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz. This ultimate cheese, band and ballad testing quiz is as far as you get from the usual sleep-inducing monotony of your local’s best attempt to entertain the oldies, and is a regular on the festival scene, giving it a high-octane, high-flying, high five from us.