The Book Club fuses lively, creative events, forward-thinking music programming and late night drinking seven days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing and mind-expanding thought for food. Open from breakfast until late every day, The Book Club has turned the conventional arts institution on its head and is a firm East London favourite.
Well known for its Thinking and Drinking programme and pushing the boundaries of cultural event programming with immersive club nights, NYC-inspired raconteur parties, science lectures, perfume-making workshops, life-drawing classes, debates, performance-art and film festivals.
Since launching in 2009, The Book Club has also hosted some of the hottest names in electronic music, including Modeselektor, Andrew Ashong, Horse Meat Disco, Jackmaster, Daniel Wang, Roots Manuva and Braiden.
Design wise features include striking raw brick walls displaying curated exhibitions and a ceiling downstairs made from 22,000 light bulbs. We change the gallery every six weeks and our curator, Liat Chen, attracts the best of international talent from the art and photography worlds. We’ve developed a great reputation as a platform for artists, with the private views always a roadblock.
There is an event on every day of the week, all year. Vodafone, Orange and Puma are three brands that liked it enough to film their adverts there. The Wall Street Journal took over The Book Club for three days to do a ‘tech café’, attended by the head of Google, the head of Facebook UK and the Minister for Technology.
Tickets are usually on sale well before the events and frequently sell out a month in advance.
“The Book Club, has it all: events, an all-day menu of platters and classic dishes, ping pong, and a prime location on Great Eastern Street. Breakfast is a highlight, with pancakes and fruit, grilled polenta and a traditional full English on offer, while at lunchtime the bar serves up falafel wraps and English favourites like ham, egg and chips. By night, the fajita platter and cheese board are particularly popular, and if you stick around you might catch one of the venue’s many talks, DJ sets, video-game tournaments or life-drawing classes. There’s no better place to mix with Shoreditch’s young, fashionable dining population”