The Light Bar, Shoreditch
The reopening of The Light Bar in Shoreditch has been seven years in the making. The venue – which is housed within the former Victorian Great Eastern Light power station, built in 1893 – closed its doors in 2014, when redevelopment plans threatened its existence. Now in the protective hands of Hackney’s Shoreditch Conservation Area and in the physical hands of long-standing Hackney residents Morten Jensen, Darren Collins and chef Johnnie Collins, The Light Bar has reopened its doors.
Spread across three spacious floors, this buzzing restaurant and bar boasts NYC levels of energy and charisma, while preserving the building’s original mechanical pulley system, exposed steelwork and elegant sash windows.
Everything we sampled on the seasonal menu sang with freshness, originality and zing. Whatever mains are showcased on your visit, do accompany them with a side of fries with herb aioli (a devilishly good take on a comfort-food favourite) and the grilled homegrown kohlrabi, which will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about salads.
The house cocktails, too, are not to be missed. The Family, a summery take on the margarita infused with peach and ginger ale, is named after the former underground club night by Richard Mortimer, and is every bit as zealous as its namesake.
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233 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ