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Formerly known as Home, The Book Club is situated in Leonard Street and offers a varied selection of drinks alongside a menu of comfort food. Entertainment includes club nights, film and art.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

08:00 - 00:00

TUE

CLOSED

WED

08:00 - 00:00

THU

08:00 - 02:00

FRI

08:00 - 02:00

SAT

10:00 - 02:00

SUN

10:00 - 00:00

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The Book Club reviews



By Sheila S.

Overcrowded and unprofessional security staff. Severe shortage of toilets for the amount of people they allow in.


By Monfort F.

Love the music, love the place, the price is affordable and the people are great. Best shoreditch atmosphere. Had only one disappointment when Friday night DJ played lounge music all night long... That was real boring.


By Katerina R.

I went to the The Book CLub on Sunday for brunch with a couple of friends. I had heard of it before and was looking forward to it but unfortunately it didn't deliver. The service was pretty bad but the food was the real downer. I ordered freshly squeezed orange juice, salmon, scrambled eggs and sourdough bread and a portion of chips. The juice had so much ice in it that it barely tasted of oranges. The eggs were average, the salmon was dry and very salty and we never got the sourdough bread. Instead we got a regular slice of brown bread. Definitely not what I would expect when I eat out. The chips was definitely not freshly made, it was served to us looking rather grey and soaked in fat, it wasn't hot and tasted stale although the waitress claimed that it was freshly made. When I requested a new portion she said she could get me one but it will probably be the same. Really disappointed with this place. I won't be going back.


By Camille C.

I went here for the first time on Saturday night fir a friends birthday party and had a blast! Really cool venue design, decent priced drinks and speedy service. Will definitely be returning and possibly even booking my own birthday party! P.s awesome nachos!


By King Y.

Wish I could say good things about this place but after returning from a 20min walk to find a working cash point, the head bouncer accuses me and two friends of smoking 'weed' and refuses us entry, resulting us not being able to show up for our US friend's leaving do. Worst thing was I was not even drunk let alone being stoned. Poor made-up policies, glad I walked but gutted I missed my friend. Management needs to sort out customer vetting processes. Do not come to this place unless you stick with your group.


By Jo M.

Not worth the visit! Queues all night - queue to get in - 45 minute queue for the toilet - hour long queues for the bar. Really is a joke! Awful place - don't recommend at all! Will never go back!


By Heather L.

breath of fresh air for the london bar scene. forward thinking events programming. been to life drawing a few times which is fun. looking forward to checking out more. massive portions for lunch and great bar snacks. best bar in town at the moment bar far.


By Adrian M.

A cosy bar with board games and good selection of beers Been here a few times to start of a night and move onto other spots in shoreitch but never been dissapointed. I belive they have some themed nights on during the week where they have some arts and music events on too. Always a good crowd here ; )


By Belinda R.

A creative hub in the heart of Shoreditch, The Book Club is long-standing favourite in the area. It’s got a canteen-like vibe and offers a range of cocktails and bar snacks, as well as monthly-rotating exhibitions, weekly arts and cultural events, DJs, bands, and a lively, welcoming atmosphere.

The Venue
Formerly a Victorian warehouse, The Book Club is spread across two polished wooden floors with exposed brickwork giving it a rustic feel. Upstairs, an open plan kitchen sits adjacent to the bar and small tables are scattered across the room, with a ping pong room visible through the unusual oval hole in the wall. Arts and crafts events are held downstairs and this is very much a unique selling point for the venue. For example, the Come Get Felt Up event transports you into a world of pipe cleaners, cardboard boxes, scissors and sticky tape, with a band playing in the background, for just £3. Other regular events include life drawing and Tweetbox, a night where you can tweet your musical suggestions in advance for the chance to win a free cocktail.

The Atmosphere
Unsurprisingly, The Book Club is somewhat of a honey pot for leather jacket wearing, tousled hair media types. There’s a relaxed and bohemian vibe, enhanced by the appealing music policy, colourful wall illustrations, tea lights in jam jars and unisex ‘rest rooms’. Snug and cosy, the main room is framed by thick, heavy curtains, and group of people perch on the windowsill clutching glasses of wine, while others hover near the bar, play some ping pong or sip pints in the room next door.

The Music
As befitting its position in the heart of Shoreditch, The Book Club puts on a genre-defying mix of cool indie acts and credible DJs. The playlist includes everything from Last FM’s band showcases to rare funk and reggae at the Big Ten Inch events. This being Shoreditch you can also count on some bizarre guest appearances from ten-piece vintage brass bands and arty-leaning muso performance artists, too.

The Food
The thick, brown paper menus fixed to clipboards with slightly faded typewriter script suggests that, even if the food is not the main focus, it is more than a passing concern. From a limited selection of snacks for under a fiver, the salt and pepper calamari with lime aoli is reasonably portioned and cheap as chips (£4), but is also thick and overly chewy. The green queen’s olive mix (£2.50) is better, and you can also opt for sharing platters (around £10-plus) - the haloumi, hummus and cous cous are adequate, but the Mediterranean vegetables it is served with are undercooked and bitter and the red pepper aioli is lacking in any peppery flavour.

The Drink
Ah, the drinks. Wine bottles are lined up on white tiles behind the bar, arranged by flavour and price from light and floral to rich and full-bodied, and labels are scrawled in black felt tip pen. Wines range from £15-£27 and the Chilean Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc which, despite being one of the cheaper bottles (£17) on the menu, punches well above its weight. There’s also a reasonable selection of beers and ciders, both on draught and in bottles, but not to be missed are the infamous cocktails, priced at around £7 (you can order sharing jugs for £28). Tongue-in-cheek names such as Shoreditch Twat (Jagermeister, tequila, chartreuse and an egg) or Don’t Go To Dalston (Hendrick’s gin and falernum syrup) stick out alongside other such delights as Garden Party and Pear Crumble.

The Last Word
The Book Club is a fantastic all-day venue, taking you from morning coffee and breakfast meetings right through to after-work drinks and dancing in the evening.

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