Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, like most of Old Street, was fantastic a couple of years back, fast forward though and it has mysteriously become bigger - much, much bigger. It's now full to the absolute gills bigger, by opening up all the back rooms, shoving a glitter ball, a stage AND a bar back there!
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Throw in a good looking crowd and it sounds like the perfect recipe for the weekend. Bzzt! Wrong. That's the problem: the crowd. It feels like the clientele were evicted from an All Bar One; refugees claiming aslyum status in the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. It really feels utterly anonymous, removing all traces of it's previously laid back cool and identity.
This place could be anywhere, anytown, on any Friday night. It's a real shame, as well as it's another nail in the coffin to diversity.
P.S. I actually wrote "diversity" and Hoxton with a straight face!