Oslo is a little slice of Nordic heaven in London’s East End. The ‘DHP Family’ (aka Daybrook House Promotions Limited), the company behind the highly successful Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and Thekla in Bristol, have worked their familiar magic to redevelop a disused railway station building next to Hackney Central.
By day, Oslo’s a kitchen and bar, serving up devilishly tasty dishes like polse (flame-grilled Norwegian sausage with horseradish-flavoured beetroot and sourdough), seared padron peppers, and kyottboller (Oslo’s own homemade meatballs). And there’s a healthy selection of draught and bottled beers, as well as cocktails and wine on offer to wash it all down.
Oslo’s weekend brunch, meanwhile, is particularly popular and, with dishes like the Nordic Cure (two eggs – any style – with chorizo, bacon, halloumi, avocado, grilled peppers and homemade chilli beans on a waffle) on the menu, it’s not hard to see why. It’s the perfect antidote to the night before – especially if that night was spent here, dancing the hours away.
After all, by night Oslo transforms into a two-room music venue, with a sound system worthy of a place at least twice its size. Upstairs, you can expect live gigs from Indie bands like Spoon, whilst downstairs you can throw some shapes to the sound of everything from funk and soul to rock’n’roll. They also showcase some of the best emerging and established dance music out there, with previous performances from Deadboy and Doc Daneeka. But whenever you decide to venture to Oslo, the vibe remains cool, contemporary and classy.