I know what you mean - £10 is too much and their bouncers are the worst kind - but Book Club is so nice! only 3 stars?
The Book Club
100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH
- Shoreditch High Street Station (0.3 km)
- Old Street Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Shoreditch High Street Rail Station (0.5 km)
- Contact us:
020 7684 8618
- Opening hours:
Mon - Wed: 8:00 - 24:00
Thu - Fri: 8:00 - 2:00
Sat: 10:00 - 2:00
Sun: 12:00 - 24:00
27 Malling, London SE13 6QL
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By day a great place to meet for lunch or coffee, with interesting, unique and healthy items on the menu. Quirky atmosphere.
I loved this place even more when I went by night!
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Really cool place, good music and quality sharing food (nachos are a winner)! Only let down were the jugs of cocktails which entice you in with great names that arnt backed up by the taste. Stick to the beers and you’ll have a great night.
We went to the Book Club on Saturday night. There was about a 20 minute wait to get in, which is fine really, but it was extremely hot inside and it was packed to the rafters with painfully cool hipsters (to be expected in the area). Entry was £5 and drinks weren’t too badly priced. The decor is pretty nice, I like the open plan of the upstairs room and the light-bulbed ceiling downstairs is striking. They had an amazing band playing downstairs as well, we were twisting the night away to the rockabilly tunes (I have no idea if those two things are from the same era). Overall, a fun, reasonably priced place that I would to go to for a dance rather than to try to chat with friends.
went to see dub pistols play last week and it was awesome! great drinks and at £7 for cocktails and £4 for spirits im not sure how some people can called that overpriced! Its actually cheap for the area. staff were super friendly and i will be a regular from now on
The sort of place where idiot bouncers make you queue unnecessarily in order to make the club seem popular. The bouncers in question are the worst kind too, who seem to think they are working outside the Palais in Essex circa 1992.
Forget the ping pong, there is one table and you won’t get a game. The food is poor, drinks ove- priced and the music sh*te.
Decor is quite cool though.
I'm with Siany on this one - Book Club is the kind of place you either love or hate. I came here on a Saturday night for my friend's birthday and he had booked a table in the centre of the ground floor. Arriving fairly early the atmosphere was good, slight queues at the bar but good music.
In a way it deteriorated as the night went on, 20-minute wait to get a drink, toilets were dirty (and I'm honestly not a fan of the unisex loo option) music getting lounder and more random (s-express got my attention but there were some very dodgy moments as well)
Cocktails were from £6.95 - £8.00ish, which is fairly cheap for this area.
Liked the decor, tiled walls, quite open-plan, a thumping dark dancefloor downstairs whith different music and a ping-pong table in the rear.
I've actually heard it's a lovely place to come in the daytime for brunch etc so that sounds more like my scene. Plus under-25 'hipsters' that are painfully image-aware freak me out when I'm out of an evening.
Came here for my birthday in November as it was the only place in London that didnt have a crazy queue at the door.
Entry was £10 each to get in, which, considering the size of the place, was ridiculous.
There are two floors, each with a bar. Drinks were reasonably priced, but the queues for the bar were so long and chaotic, we didnt bother at times.
The downstairs area is the main dance area. Its quite small, which is fine, but theres a pool table in the middle of nowhere so it can get annoying and crowded if a group decide to play.
The bouncers can be quite rude, with one particular scary looking woman screaming at you to get out the way, or to show your stamp everytime you want to go upstairs/downstairs.
Three stars because drinks were ok, and the djs were really enthusiastic.
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sarahdrinkwater, 30 December 2010:
Fulll review and photos at http://thehappinessprojectlondon.wordpress.com
I shuddered slightly on my way into The Book Club in Shoreditch (just across the road from the Great Eastern Dining Room), because it used to be home to Home – one of the wankiest restaurants I’ve ever been to in London. I may have judged it a little harshly as it was my first meal in London after moving from Brussels where restos served great food on the cheap. I couldn’t believe how much we paid for crap service and mediocre food, but then again I was spoiled…
Anyway, its now The Book Club, run by the same guys who do the Queen of Hoxton, and with a much nicer, friendlier atmosphere and a lovely bright and airy venue. The kind of place you can order a bottle of wine and Monopoly and chill out.
The real gem of this place was the ping pong room. Yes, not just a table, a room. We went there on Tuesday night for Pippalippa’s birthday when they hold a ping pong league there. You can just rock up and play, but by the personalised bats and serious faces, the league isn’t really for tipsy amateurs like ourselves.
Once the league games were over (about 9pm ish), filled with wine and sharing plates of fajitas and nachos, we managed to get on the tables. Pipalippa and I have something else in common – a previous history of taking ping pong very seriously. Aged 10-ish, I was enrolled on a week-long ping pong course in the Summer holidays (I have to thank my mother for imaginative yet random school holiday ideas), which meant I’m actually pretty shit-hot at smashes, backhand lunges and similar. Although I now realise that my 10-year-old sober self can probably play a lot better than my 30-something self after a few glasses of vino, oops. The photo below is typical of our games – which were mostly spent rescuing the ball from the floor/roof/people’s pints etc. I had lots of fun and would certainly return for a few more games – and you can hire the ping pong table if you’re in a group.
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