10 December, 2019
Where To Blow Off Steam In Shoreditch
Shoreditch, and more specifically the so-called “Silicon Roundabout” are now firmly established as one of the UK’s most important hubs for tech startups.
Companies have flocked to rent commercial properties in Shoreditch in recent years, lured by the appeal of following in the footsteps of successful former startups such as Stripe and Transferwise.
Setting up shop in this area of East London also offers startups the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry giants in the area, including Google and Amazon.
Nowadays, the hub has expanded beyond the roundabout to include Hoxton, Dalston, St Paul’s, Whitechapel, and Aldgate, and its growth doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
As tech types, designers, architects, influencers, and other creatives continue to flock to the area, a burgeoning entertainment scene is catering to their hipster tastes.
While trendy bars, restaurants, and cafés already proliferate, now entertainment, fitness, and wellness businesses are also getting in on the action, making the area a one-stop shop for blowing off steam after hours, no matter what your tastes.
Here, we round up some of our top entertainment picks, from some of the more whacky activity options to traditional yoga studios.
East London bar owners know all too well that tech-types are looking for more than just a place to knock back a few pints – they want to be entertained, and not in traditional ways.
Opened in 2001, Bar Kick attracts a young, trendy crowd, and some of the walls have been being decorated by the clientele since its opening, adding to the bohemian vibe.
Equipped with retro B60/B90 football tables, punters can blow off steam over a few games whilst drinking a few beers from the extensive menu, and watching live sports on the big screens.
In a similar vein comes Bounce, the ping-pong bar with locations in both Old Street and Farringdon.
The décor evokes the style of a Victorian gin palace, with extensive drinks menus offering cocktails, fine wines, and craft and draft beers. The food menu proposes bar favourites with a twist, such as Southern Fried Popcorn Prawns, Haloumi Skewers, or vegan pizza.
The now-infamous “adult ball pit”, which started life as a pop-up in Dalston and now receives 25,000 visitors a month, looks like it’s here to stay as its Curtain Road location has just expanded into the next-door premises, formerly occupied by restaurant Rascals, to meet growing demand.
Ballie offers bottomless brunch at £30 per head, which includes unlimited pizza and prosecco, and entry to the ballpit, as well as organising events such as speed dating.
It’s no secret in the tech world that wellbeing is essential to creativity. If you’re not into gimmicky bars, and wellness is more your thing, East London has plenty to offer for you, too.
Offering the only original Bikram yoga in East London, Sadhana has expanded from its original location in Wandsworth to offer yoga, body movement, and holistic therapies to tech heads in need of some “me time”.
Located in the Dalston Works building, in a space let to them by Belchak Corin, this haven of calm is the perfect antidote to a long day at the office.
If you need something a little more aggressive to help release your pent-up energy, why not try boxing?
Offering classes for both men and women, Fighter Fit in Shoreditch covers a range of fighting techniques from across the world to keep you on your toes, and workouts include core, sparring, weights, and cardio circuits.
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