Queen of Hoxton
The Queen of Hoxton, is quite literally the Queen of Hoxton... Always busy and with notoriously good drinks, service and atmosphere - it's hard to go wrong in here if you are just looking for a generic East London night out. In the summer you'll find rooftop cinema, games, art viewings and each year a different theme of madness. This year's theme is Lost Vegas, the post apocalyptic/glitz mash-up we didn't know we wanted. Sin City has met its comeuppance, the believers have ascended and we are left to explore the remnants of an old bastion of hedonism. Great, we always wanted to get married in an overgrown Little Vegas Wedding Chapel by a long-dead Elvis impersonator.
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This award-winning restaurant serves flavourful, contemporary British dishes with seasonal ingredients. The unassuming decor really places the emphasis on the food, which we think is the bomb diggity. Expect upmarket fare, like partridge with salt baked celeriac, fresh apple, and brussel tops. There is also a cocktail bar for pre-dinner drinks.
Forget having a quiet night here... once you get on the table football at Bar Kick, it's war. This is the place to come to for your fix of mad flipping, ball shooting, and likely bruised fingers. There are frequent tournaments you can enter, or if you fancy taking it easy, they play Sky Sports football in 3D downstairs. Burgers and hotdogs are the main menu staples (things you can eat with one hand to avoid unnecessary game stoppages), and the cocktails are decently priced. Catch DJs spinning away here every Friday.
Making Nature: How We See Animals
The Wellcome Collection has brought together over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to examine how we think, feel and value other species. Featuring contemporary works by artists Allora & Calzadilla, Phillip Warnell and Abbas Akhavan this exhibition reveals the hierarchies we have imposed through zoos, museums and even making animals our pets. The Wellcome Collection traces the historical origins of our thought processes concerning animals and their consequences. This is not one to miss.
Bored with the clichéd red checked tablecloths and tuneless accordion playing that tends to accompany the pizzerias of Italy, the guys behind Radio Alice turned to the iconic 70s pirate radio station of the same name for inspiration. Here they found respect and joy in troves - two of the founding principals of this Hoxton pizzeria. Respect comes in the form of organic ingredients and the mother yeast used for the dough. Joy comes in the form of adding exciting toppings after the base is cooked so that they can be enjoyed in all their unbaked glory. Go for something like the pizza bianche served with Gorgonzola, speck, honey, fiordilatte and walnuts. Enjoy with a Negroni or a Spritz on the side.