If you’re planning an away day in the Aldgate area but want something that’s a little out of the ordinary so as to keep everyone’s interest and make it a memorable occasion for all, consider the following choices, all worthy contenders in their own ways.
A firm favourite amongst the locals, Chicago Rib Shack serves deliciously messy American style BBQ foods; the kind where everyone just gets stuck in! In the large reception room, you can expect to find television screens, LED lighting, DJ facilities and comfortable seating, making it a perfect space to relax and unwind, sure to break any ice. The cheerful service adds to this family-friendly atmosphere, so as they say here, get bibbed up and you’ll be grinning in no time.
Part of the All Star Lanes family, The Penthouse at this Shoreditch iteration is like your very own private playground for adults, offering up unlimited bowling on 3 lanes, a cocktail bar with a dedicated mixologist, a New York inspired menu and even karaoke for the brave amongst you. Well connected to the rest of London, it’s within easy reach of such rail links as Shoreditch High Street, Aldgate East and Whitechapel, amongst others.
Curzon Aldgate is a new cinema and multi-purpose event space, with their screens available for private hire and sophisticated yet relaxed lounge style reception space. Three of the screens even come with their own bar area, making it easy to combine a screening with the likes of a welcoming drink. The capacity of 80 stops things getting too crowded, and these guests can make good use of the close proximity to Tower Hill and Aldgate East tube stops and Fenchurch Street train station.
Elder Street is made up of a range of different intimate spaces, which include The Undercroft, The Workshop, the Upper Lobby, the Canteen, and the beautiful vertical garden and courtyard, all adding up to offer a capacity of 100. This eclectic mix of spaces makes it a very adaptable venue, having hosted everything from workshops to parties, and from product launches to private dinners. Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street are the nearest rail links, both reachable in around 5 minutes.
As the younger sister of Westminster’s popular Cinnamon Club, Anise bar has high foodie credentials to live up to, and live up to them it most certainly does. The range of sharing snacks and tempting tipples feature the signature blends of exciting spices and flavours that made the Cinnamon Kitchen family such a strong London favourite. This stylish cocktail lounge has a sleek and contemporary look, with moody lighting and comfortable leather banquettes. Once again, it’s well served by local transport links, meaning the rest of the city never feels far away.