Shoreditch Spotlight: Where the APLO Team Hang Out
APLO Founder/Approver of stuff
160 meters from APLO HQ
Barber and Parlour is probably the APLO team’s unofficial office during hot summer days. You’ll often spot us, laptops on, iced coffees in hand, chatting about our favourite places in London. It’s a beautifully authentic building that’s also multi-purpose (check out Electric Cinema in the basement); and the furniture inside is so unique. Every item has a story to tell. It’s got an easy going vibe, the cinema downstairs always has something going on, and the resident barbers are always buzzing away in the corner.
Well and Bucket
480 meters from APLO HQ
The Well and Bucket is just a stunning pub. The huge Victorian style artworks on the wall add a completely different feel to the space. It looks a little bit run down but in a good way, but has a lot of character. Downstairs, there’s a whole other room that serves great oysters and cocktails.
APLO Content Manager/Resident Office Photoshopper
480 meters from APLO HQ
Credit: Dom Fisher
The Book Club on Leonard Street isn't going to surprise anyone, as it's a staple in the area. But for me, it's one of the most consistent hangouts in Shoreditch - in an effortlessly cool kinda way. It ticks all the boxes. It's creative energy stems from their fusion of events, late-night eating and drinking options, and various exhibitions (run through their umbrella brand SuperCulture), and it always has a very chilled vibe. It's a definite Shoreditch must, if you've never popped in.
Rough Trade East
400 meters from APLO HQ
APLO Content Editor/Office Dog Lady
60 meters from APLO HQ
When the shopping experience is becoming more and more digitalised, independent boutiques like Modern Society bring the excitement back into shopping; taking retail therapy away from the high street and into the world of all things cool, young, and independent. Opened in 2015, Modern Society brings together a highly curated selection of some of my favourite brands like Anissa Kermiche and Rejina Pyo. Their multi-faceted retail space is beautifully designed (I’m a sucker for graphic tiles and midnight blue hues) and has an offering that combines fashion, jewellery, beauty, art, and interior design — and has a lovely café to boot!
640 meters from APLO HQ
If I said that you could have brunch in a foliage-filled conservatory in Spitalfields, you’d probably just laugh me out of the room — but Blixen is exactly that! A cool little oasis that’s got options for whatever you’re in the mood for. Whether that’s breakfast in their conservatory, or cocktails in their art-deco inspired bar. I love the huge variety of veggie options and their cozy garden vibe. A great little treat for when I’m feeling the weight of the city on my shoulders; and the perfect spot to catch up with friends.