Having heard good things about Queen of Hoxton, I decided it was time to don my best hipster persona and venture into the depths of the East End to check out the Curtain road venue for myself.
This bar/club/music venue definitely succeeds in fulfilling the Shoreditch/Hoxton check list. The walls are covered in graffiti, local art work has been curated to jazz up the space, indoor ivy trails across the ceiling and there is a retro football table and pinball machine. Taking centre stage is a huge, and pretty cool, cinema billboard hanging above the bar which announces what’s going on each night.
They soon had a sizeable crowd dancing…
This is certainly a place for music lovers. I happened to go on Cat Lovers night, an evening intending to showcase new bands and DJ’s. The upstairs area was playing some amazing XX, Lana and Ellie remixes; downstairs, in the dark, exposed brick basement, a host of live bands took to the stage. As the night wore on, the upstairs mingling space turned into a half-hearted dancefloor but I tended to stay downstairs where I was introduced to Oli Wennick.
Oli leads his Brixton based, alternative band with fellow members Max, Fabio and Moises. They soon had a sizeable crowd dancing in front of the stage and I even managed to bag myself a free Oli Wennick t-shirt, much to the envy of my friends. This is the perfect venue for intimate gigs.
…a great place to relax with one of the bar’s frozen cocktails…
Queen of Hoxton is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight during the week. We signed up to the guest list before going which meant entry was free but some friends who came to join us later had to pay £7: probably not worth the expense when this is avoidable. Drinks are fairly averagely priced; we were paying £4 for vodka and cokes. Quirkily named cocktails, such as Don’t Go to Dalston and 7 Year Itch, were also reasonable at £6.50 a hit. For the peckish ones, night time nibbles are served between 5pm and midnight. I must admit, although slightly strange to see people eating in a dimly lit, club venue, the pizzas smelt extremely delicious.
Although, due to the horrendous weather, we didn’t get a chance to see it, I’ve heard the recently opened roof garden is a big attraction. On a summer’s day I can imagine this would be a great place to relax with one of the bar’s frozen cocktails and enjoy looking out over the city. I’m definitely tempted to take a trip back for one of the evening, outdoor, big screen cinema events. In fact, Queen of Hoxton has an array of events to suit all, from ukulele hootenannies to speed dating and comedy nights. I would, unquestionably, recommend everyone to go and explore what Queen of Hoxton has to offer.