93 Feet East
Set in the gorgeous Georgian brick buildings of Brick Lane’s sprawling Truman Brewery (now a shopping/business complex), you’ll find live music in London precisely 93 feet and 57 inches east of the brewery’s original foundation stone, thus, the name. Its main dance-floor was once the employees’ social hall and – when empty – still resembles a provincial village hall. The similarity ends right there – even among the no-flies Hoxton trendies, 93 Feet East’s programming has a consistently good reputation for plucking out unknown bands and DJs (mostly indie, electronica and rock’n’roll) before they make it big. There are usually three live bands a night most weekdays, club nights on Fridays and Saturdays, and bands, films and DJs on Sundays, all set within three big rooms – that dance hall, a great big lounge with slouchy brown leather sofas, and an overspill gallery bar. There’s also a rather lovely cobbled courtyard with garden furniture and gas heaters – particularly pleasing when the club lays on its all-day dance festivals and summer barbeques. With all this multi-tasking, there’s little point in straying beyond that foundation stone.