Sharing is caring dear traveller; each week, a member of our knowledgeable team of locals shares their insider knowledge on what’s hot and happening in and around our nests.
1. You’re Hungry…
Whether it’s a curative fry up your hankering after, or something a tad more luxurious, Hoxton has your back. With a wealth of sexy street food, bohemian bistros and cultural cafes, our personal favourites include the following….
BunBunBun @ 134B Kingsland Road
Life changing Vietnamese food that won’t break the bank. An intimate and buzzing atmosphere perfect for hot dates and hot lunches alike.
Cuckooz Commends… Trying their stir fried goat. Or their slow-cooked pork belly and Vietnamese sausage. Or pretty much anything on the menu, for that matter…
Fabrique @ Arch 385, Geffrye Street
Delicious stone baked delights marrying the Sweedish know-how with a good old-fashioned dose of TLC.
Cuckooz Commends… Trying their traditional sourdough bread. Beautifully fresh. Or if you’re feeling a little more devilish, their chocolate and hazelnut brownies take things to another level.
2. You need a haircut (or a beard trim…)
As locals know all too well, in recent times, East London has evolved into something of a cornucopia of uber fashionable barbers-cum-bars-cum-coffee shops for the fashion conscious individual hankering after something a little more than their regular short back and sides. With the hipster beard craze showing no signs of surrender, many establishments now offer a full array of products to keep even the unruliest of face furs in check. We’ve tried and tested our barnets up and down Hoxton, and enthusiastically recommend that you try…
Hoxton Salon @ 12-18 Hoxton St
Organic hairdressing for the ethically conscious soul.
Bucks Barbers @ 83 Kingsland Road
Relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a knowledgeable team.
3. You’re Redecorating
In plain view of our Cuckooz Hoxton apartments lies the idyllic structure of the Geffrye Museum. Set amongst a beautiful floral landscape that compliments the urban surroundings (and makes for a great lazy Sunday stroll), inside you can expect to be guided through detailed period reconstructions of the home dating back to 1600. Several exhibitions and events take place throughout the course of the year, so keep an eye out for what’s on! All in all a fantastic destination for a family day out and perfect for those in need of a touch of inspiration for their own dear homes!
4. You’re feeling sleepy…
Let’s talk about coffee, London. Yes, we’re obsessed. We’ve all acknowledged that caffeine addiction is just part and parcel of London life and there’s no use dodging around it. Luckily we don’t have to, as you can’t turn a corner in the city without accidentally falling into one of the millions of hipster coffee shops scattered about the streets. With London Baristas more skilled than surgeons, it’s quick and easy to score your fix (and Hoxton is no exception…) We strongly advise you try these guys out whilst you’re in town…
Hex @ 2 Drysdale Street
Located under the railway arches of Shoreditch, Hex offers responsibly sourced, locally roasted coffee, great pizza and locally sourced craft ale. Adhering to a growing trend embedded in East London hipster café culture, Hex also functions as a bike shop, offering helpful advice on local cycle routes for coffee fueled adventurers and weekend meanderers alike.
Hoxton Coffee Co. @ 86-90 Paul Street
Trendy atmosphere and great coffee for the even the most discerning addict.
5. Coffee just won’t cut it…
For those seeking something a touch stronger to fuel their night-time adventures, Hoxton comes fully fitted with a selection of bars, pubs and boozers to suit. New to the area? Luckily we’re no strangers to a tipple or two round this neck of the woods and can strongly recommend that you stumble upon…
Beagle @397- 400 Geffrye St
Shoulder to shoulder with Hoxton station, Beagle is a stripped back and modern restaurant-cum-bar based in a converted warehouse space beneath the railway arches. Delicious and straightforward British menu with a fresh and seasonal cocktail list featuring their own twists on the classic drinks we all know and love.
Cuckooz Commends… Trying their Maria Maria. Without doubt the best Bloody Mary you’ll find in London.
The Bridge @ 15 Kingsland Road
Quirky beyond measure and authentically East London, The Bridge is an intimate bar with a Victorian-esque upstairs parlour perfect for sipping whiskey and whispering sweet nothings. Prepare to bring cash, though. Their state of the art banking system features an old school brass cash register.
The Glory @ 281 Kingsland Road
Lively Gay pub-cum-cabaret-discoteque nestled next to the canal. Join East London’s finest for an evening of vogueing and silliness down on the glitter spangled d-floor.
Cuckooz Commends… Keeping an eye out for one of the many live music events that take place in the venue.
6. When you’re out on the town and have NOTHING to wear…
Terminally stylish and brimming with individuality, East London is bursting at the seams with fashionable boutiques, vintage bazaars and clothing outlets.Not sure where to head first? We’ve done our share of retail therapy to save you the legwork…
Goodhood @ 151 Curtain Road
Ultra minimal, well tailored, typically cool East London clothing brand, catering to hipsters and trend-setters the city over. Great for stripped down basics and accessories.
Cuckooz Commends… Taking a gander at their range of accessories and homewares, perfect for last minute gifts.
Traid @ 106-108 Kingsland High St
Huge warehouse overflowing with great second hand and vintage finds at very reasonable prices. Perfect for those looking for something a tad outlandish or unique. Ideal for the socially conscious shopper, proceeds go towards international development projects and the improvement of working conditions within the textile industry.
7. Suffering a Creative Block
Looming deadline and keep drawing blanks? As any artist, designer or creative in East London will know, sometimes you can’t help but hit the metaphorical brick wall. Luckily, help is at hand – Hoxton is full of varied and interesting exhibitions to help you get those creative juices flowing once more. Our shouts are…
Peer Gallery @ 97-99 Hoxton St
Charity based organisation featuring an exciting mix of contemporary artwork by up-and-coming and established artists.
Hundred Years Gallery @ 13 Pearson St
Cool and contemporary art space dedicated to experimental and innovative art.
8. You need to stretch your legs
As calming as the chaos of London may be, sometimes a good old-fashioned stroll is essential to clear out the cobwebs and de-stress. Despite being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, London has an abundance of great parks and getaways – some located just a stone’s throw from our Cuckooz apartments.Here are a couple of our favourites.
St Mary’s Secret Garden @ 50 Pearson St
Community based horticultural project featuring a surrounding woodland and sensory garden. Regular events take place, including week-day plant sales.
Haggerston Park @ Audrey St
Airy and green park space, walking distance from Hackey City Farm (great for kids!) featuring a multi-use games area, orchard and pond.
9. It’s someone’s birthday…
In a pinch and need to buy something thoughtful? The Geffrye Museum regularly hosts craft fairs showcasing an array of local talent including prints, jewellery, clothing and knik-knaks. A food market takes place each Sunday from June onwards, where you can expect to pick up delicious, homemade items from local artisans.
Cuckooz Commends: Keeping an eye out for one of the regular record fairs that take place at the venue.
10. You’re running away and joining the circus…
Whether you’re a casual contortionist or an avid aerial artist, The National Centre for Circus Arts in Hoxton hosts a number of exciting courses suitable for all abilities. No longer exclusive to clowns and circus folk, the converted industrial station offers an unique and fun alternative to those looking to keep in shape.