Shoreditch Valentines Day Pub Crawl

You & your partner have just moved to East London, you don’t know the area very well, the best places to go for a drink or even anybody to drink with, what do you do?

The Shoreditch Pub crawl…for Valentines day, that’s what.

Yes you heard me, The Shoreditch Pub Crawl are doing a Valentines ‘crawl’ for couples, friends and those who want to get out there and meet new people in a ‘non-awkward way’ on Thursday 14th Feb. 

The night starts off at Sink Bar at 8.30pm, everybody with a Pub Crawl ticket gets a free shot at 4 venues and free entry to at least 4 venues throughout the night PLUS discounted drinks at every bar you go too. The next stop after Sink bar is a secret so make sure you get to the meeting point early, enjoy a drink with your fellow travelers and most importantly don’t get left behind.



The Shoreditch Pub Crawl people are giving away a free ticket for the Valentines Day Crawl, all you have to do is follow Pigeon Talks on Instagram then comment ‘#SHOREDITCHPUBCRAWL‘ on posts until 6pm on Sunday 10th February.  The winner will be announced on Monday 11th Feb at 8pm*.



  • The Time:  8.30pm on Saturday 14th February  
  • The Place:  Meeting place SiNK Bar, closest tube station Liverpool Station.  2 Paul Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4JH      
  • Tickets:  Cost £14 but are 2-for-1 so you can bring your partner/friend for free. Get your ticket HERE
  • Further Info:  For more details click HERE
  • For more info regarding the competition DM us on instagram @pigeontalks





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  • Ticket is only valid for the Valentines Pub Crawl on 14th February 2019, ticket is a 2 for 1 deal so 1 friend is permitted to attend with the ticket winner. Entries to the competition after 10th Feb 6pm will not be included. Competition ticket does not have a refundable cash value. Please be sure to be at the stated meeting point at the stated meeting time to avoid disappointment. All rights reserved to The Shoreditch Pub Crawl, a Essor Ltd Company.



Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

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An innovative production, Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix merges the unexpected disciplines of competitive sport and harmonic music with inspired effect. 

Who are they?
The internationally acclaimed jazz quartet in fact go by the name Paragon and their work is widely influenced by everything from Stravinsky to pop anthems of the eighties.

What is it?
It’s pretty much what it says on the tin. Jazz and tennis are the basic ingredients, but the show is rather an eclectic compilation of music and performance art, with only a hint at actual sport yet lashings of comedy. Paragon offer a rather less costly, and perhaps more inventive take on Wimbledon. So if these are key in your list of priorities, then Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix might be right along your baseline.

When is it?
Picking up racquets and saxophones on the final day of Wimbledon, the Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix is gig, set, match to round off the royal event on the 3rd July.

What’s on?
Watching Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix will include an afternoon and evening of live music, dancers, a bar, a public tennis court, video highlights, as well as the all important strawberries and cream.

Jazz Tennis at Rich Mix Bar takes place from 12pm – 11pm, Sunday 3rd July 2011.

Admission is free.




35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
E1 6LA


The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, Hoxton



Down a dark street off Bishopsgate sits the Breakfast club, where lovers of the all day breakfast and fairtrade smoothes congregate, & within this foody heaven you’ll find a Smeg fridge, a Smeg fridge which holds a very interesting secret…

To access this secret you must first approach a member of the Breakfast club’s staff and either say ‘Henri sent me’ or ‘may I sit at the “bar”‘, then like something out of a C. S. Lewis book the Fridge door magically opens from the inside revealing a hidden staircase and a guide to show you the way.


Once down the stairs your led through another door revealing The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town’s hidden bar realm, which includes exposed brick walls, a small but cute cocktail bar, art deco lighting, a picture of the Queen ‘blinged out’ and a Moose head called Randolph.

The music in the bar is funky but still manages to be eclectic, the staff are all very friendly and a dab hand at drink mixing, I’d recommend the ‘Yang Tao Smash’ which is a lovely mix of Plymouth gin, Grand Marnier, lime, mint and kiwi. You can also enjoy a number of bar snacks like the ‘meat balls on fire’ or head back upstairs to the Breakfast club and order from their fully menu (you will have to eat upstairs though).

The bathroom in the bar is unisex and the walls are clad with torn out pages from 80’s newspapers and magazines, you will also find that to exit the bar you’ll have to do so via the bathroom leading back into the Breakfast club, so best to do it 1 at a time so as not to arouse suspicion.

During the week the bar is open 12pm – 12 am, Friday to Sunday from 12pm – 4pm you can have brunch behind the fridge served with their bloody mary extravaganza.

You can email to book with your names, contact details and when you would like to go to or call 020 7078 9639


Find them on Twitter @Mayorscaredycat


The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town,

Behind Smeg Fridge,

The Breakfast Club,

12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS

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National Circus, Hoxton Square, North via East London

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So you’ve been to bars, pubs and clubs, you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped and now your looking for a new experience, how about circus training…yes I said circus training.

Hidden in a Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square you can have Aerial sessions such as the Flying trapeze, or Acrobatic and tightwire classes. There’re also a number of classes and courses for the younger ones starting from as young as 2yrs 9months old+, better than a weekend recovering from an evil hangover!


Opening times:

Mon – Fri 9am – 10pm

Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm



Old Street Station: Northern Line and First National Connect – 5 minutes walk

Liverpool Street Station: Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City Lines and Network Rail – 15 minutes walk

Buses: 243 or 55 to Old Street, bus stop ‘Y’ ‘Great Eastern Street’ outside of the Holiday Inn Express, 2 minute walk thereafter


Address and contact details:

Circus Space, Coronet Street, London, N1 6HD

020 7613 4141


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Treacle, Columbia Road East London

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Situated in the heart of the East End’s famous Columbia Road flower market, is the new nostalgia that is TREACLE. A welcome antidote to the ubiquitous coffee-shop chains, and overfussy continental-style patisseries, this is an unashamed celebration of basic British baking.


Greeted by the tempting array of fairy cakes, Victoria sponges and fruit loaves, customers will instantly recognize the sights, smells and tastes of a bygone era. But this is no chintzy, rose-tinted delusion of halcyon days – rather a realistic homage to the gritty times of the great British urban tea house (think Lyons) – right down to its drab décor reminiscent of the typically British no-nonsense attitude with its accent on frugality and function. Thus it’s setting in one of the oldest East End markets is wholly appropriate.


TREACLE is all about a desire to reintroduce a place in our lives for honest, comfort food.


Open: Noon-5pm Sat; 9am-3pm Sun




110-112 Columbia Road E2 7RG


Transport: Hoxton or Shoreditch High Street Rail

Telephone: 020 7729 0538



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The Book Club, Shoreditch


Bringing together wit, wisdom and enough food and drink to see you through from early breakfast to a nightcap at last orders at the bar, The Book Club offers a cultural revolution to the East end’s social scene.

The Book Club fuses lively, creative events and late night drinking seven days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing and mind-expanding thought for food in the form of workshops, talks, cultural showcases, parties, ping pong, pool and the best in new music. The Book Club is the younger, slightly smarter sibling of the Queen of Hoxton, and has turned the conventional arts institution on its head, fusing boozing with brain power.



Two spacious floors of a former Victorian warehouse on Leonard Street have been kitted out for eating, drinking, thinking, meeting and dancing. Under the direction of young designers Shai Akram and Andrew Haythornthwaite, The Book Club has a familiar, eclectic feel as varied as the clientele and the entertainment on offer. The interior blends the raw, pared-down character of the building with layers of mix and match vintage soft furnishings, naïve mosaics and graphic lighting features, as well as the constantly evolving permanent exhibitions that adorn the walls.

The Book Club presents an eclectic ongoing programme of events and social activities in art, music, film, fashion, philosophy, design, science, and perhaps the odd spot of DIY and craft. The line-up includes special screenings and cross platform club nights showcasing new creative talent through to informal evening classes and talks by a host of eclectic and interesting thinkers.


Monday to Wednesday 8am – 12am
Thursday & Friday 8am – 2am
Saturdays 10am – 2am
Sundays 10am – 12am

020 7684 8618

100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH


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The Big Mix Fest, Shoreditch

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The Big Mix, formerly known as The Brick Lane Takeover, will take place across venues all over Shoreditch including Cargo, The Brickhouse, Rich Mix, Spitalfields, Vibe and many more. All proceeds from The Big Mix will go to help Macmillan make the difference between a good and a bad day for people affected by cancer, through giving practical, emotional and financial support. The Big Mix is a creative melting pot of music, comedy, fashion, art and cabaret spread across a variety of venues from midday sat 18th June until late.


Thousands of volunteers dedicate time and energy to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Macmillan was started by a volunteer and volunteers are still an integral part of the charity. If you would like to volunteer at The Big Mix please contact

Disabled access

Disabled festival goers are welcomed to The Big Mix and will be given priority entrance to the venues where there is disabled access. Please contact The Big Mix Team for full venue access details.

Date: Midday Saturday 18th June – Late

Cost: Advance tickets £20.00

Tube and Trains

Liverpool Street Underground and Rail station

Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines, National Rail services

Aldgate East Underground Station

District Hammersmith & City lines

Shoreditch Underground Station

Old Street Underground Station

Northern line, National Rail services

Bus routes

To/From West End: 8, 55, & 242

To/From East London: 8, 26, 48, 55, 57, 242, 388

To/From South London: 35, 47, 48, 78, 149

To/From The City: 8, 26, 55, 242, 243, 388

Red Market, Old Street East London

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After a great preview over Easter weekend 2011 Red Market will fully launch on Saturday 4th June 2011.

Laid out more like a boutique festival site than your average London street market, Red Market will serve food from 20 of London’s best loved street food trades. Situated in an inspiring open air site between Old Street and Rivington Street red Market will be an exciting new public space in the heart of Shoreditch with the following attractions:


Completely unique for London, you’ll be able to eat and drink outdoors all day & night until 3am!


Over 30 tonnes of sand with palm trees, deck chairs, waitress service and a six hour sun trap!


Whether its post-pub at 2am or on a deck chair at 2pm, there’ll be cocktails on tap when ever you like.


The perfect lazy summer outdoor game, ideal for beginners or old pro’s.


Providing a private dining experience in the market for special occasions.


We’ve scoured markets all over London and hand picked the capitals best street food traders.


Each week street artists from around the world will be creating live pieces to add to work we have by ROA (Belgium), Milo (Brasil), and Beastman (Australia).






288 – 299 OLD STREET

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