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A famous poet once said: ‘Tired of London, tired of life’. There’s no place in the world with such a creative buzz as the UK capital. That makes London the ideal place for hotspotting. Where to eat, where to sleep, where to shop? Londonista An Bogaerts leads the way.



What? What once started in 2011 as a quite simple coffee- and cocktailbar in Shoreditch has successfully grown to a franchise of seven Grind bars and three Grind restaurants all over town. This Clerkenwell hub is the newest kid on the block and it combines a splendid restaurant with a basement bar that has the tendency to grow into a nightclub in late evenings. Two years ago Grind succeeded in collecting more than enough money to open up a very own coffee roastery in the city. Freshley roasted coffee leaves this HQ every day to provide all Grind bars in London. Coffee you can easily order in advance thanks to the Grind app.

Looks? Although the food of chef Kyle Boyce is nothing short from delicious (try the meatballs with pancetta, chorizo and dates!), the main reason to choose this Grind establishment is the architecture and interior design. Design studio Biasol from Melbourne decorated this beautiful 1870’s warehouse. And it appears the Autralians are big fans of the herring bone motif, which you will discover in the bar tiles as well as in the bright blue wood panelling. Thanks to the combinations of pink velvet chairs, cosy round lamps and golden detailing this restaurant is spot on today’s interior design trends.

What else? The speciality of the house combines Grind’s roots as coffee roaster and cocktail bar: the Espresso Martini. A cocktail with freshly roasted coffee, vodka and sugar syrup. Not my cup of coffee, but do not let that set you back. Especially interior design lovers can eat their heart out in visiting Clerkenwell, the London neighborhood were lots of big design brands have their flagship store.

Info Mon to Wed from 8am to 11pm, Thu to Sat from 8am to 2am and Sun from 9am to 7pm

2-4 Old Street
EC1V 9AA Clerkenwell

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+44 20 3019 7177 website

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