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A monument of trendy east London nightlife, Old Street lies in-between Clerkenwell in the City of London and cooler-than-thou Shoreditch in one of the citys resurgent areas of the last decade.
Needless to say, because Old Street is in the Square Mile, there are many upmarket hotels within walking distance. The Crowne Plaza St Gregory is a beautifully styled modern hotel very close to Old Street.
London’s east end was until recently a no-go area for visitors, notorious for its slums, Lock, Stock-style local gangsters like the Krays and tensions between the indigenous Eastenders – listen hard enough and you can still hear cockney rhyming slang like chatting on the “dog and bone” around these parts – and the area’s many immigrant groups.
Then starting in Hoxton and Shoreditch in the late 90s, artists and musicians bought up dirt-cheap loft properties, disused storefronts and working men’s clubs, giving the area a huge creative shot in the arm and filling the gritty streets of east London with cutting-edge street fashion, super-cool new nightspots, thriving ramshackle art galleries and creative businesses.
Old Street is the underground station for Shoreditch, and where many fashionable young things embark for a night exploring the bars, Banksy graffiti and Barcelona-like atmosphere around Curtain Road, Hoxton Square and Shoreditch High Street. Most head straight to Hoxton Square, not least for the eponymous Bar & Grill (2-4 Hoxton Square, 020 7613 0709), which with its deliberately unfinished interior, quality new live bands, DJs spinning everything from soul to drum & bass until late and top gastro men u, is a good taster for how things swing in east London.
As well as being home to many cool late-night drinkers, the Square also has the White Cube Gallery (48 Hoxton Square, 020 7930 5373, www.whitecube.com), a centre for contemporary art.
Outside of the square, the nightlifes equally kicking: favourites include the brilliantly designed Bar Music Hall (134 Curtain Road, 020 7729 7216), the long-standing Foundry for artful tattiness (84-86 Great Eastern Street, 020 7739 6900) and Bar Kick (127 Shoreditch High Street, 020 7739), a boozer entirely devoted to table football.
Old Street is served by the Northern Line tube.
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|Old Street Station||1||Northern||0.06 miles|
|Moorgate Station||1||Metropolitan - Northern - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.79 miles|
|Barbican Station||1||Metropolitan - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.97 miles|
|Liverpool Street Station||1||Metropolitan - Central - Circle line - Hammersmith & City||0.97 miles|
|Bank Station||1||Northern - Waterloo & City - Central - DLR (Bank branch)||1.41 miles|
|Old Street Station||0.02 miles|
|Moorgate Station||0.84 miles|
|London Liverpool Street Station||0.91 miles|
|Barbican Station||1.00 miles|
|Farringdon Station||1.39 miles|