Getting bored of your regular at Pret? Head to Shoreditch for an eating experience that’s deliciously different. We scoured the streets and interrogated the locals to identify six fantastic foodie locations to brighten up your lunch hour.

Best for light eaters and cake lovers: Ziferblat

At Ziferblat everything is free, except time. It costs eight pence a minute to hang out here and if you end up staying all day (it’s tempting) your spend is automatically capped at four hours. Nip round at lunchtime and you’ll find plenty of fresh, independently roasted coffee on tap at this quirky hangout. Just don’t expect a culinary feast. The food is fast and snack-based (lots of tasty vegan treats, fruit, toast and cake). As you enjoy a light graze in the comfortable sitting room setting, you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, newspapers and board games.

Where? 388 Old Street, Shoreditch EC1V 9LT

How much? £

Open: Monday-Friday: 10am–11pm, Saturday-Sunday: 12pm–11pm

Book: 07707 901882,

Hipster barrista

Best for meat eaters: Monty’s Deli

Michelin Star Chef, Tom Kerridge, once declared the salt beef and pastrami sandwiches as ‘the best value lunch in London’. While Monty’s signature Reuben might still cost significantly more than a lunchtime trip to Subway, the lovingly stacked meaty masterpieces (topped with Swiss Cheese and sauerkraut) should keep your hunger pangs at bay, indefinitely. Expect a relaxed vibe and super-friendly staff at this iconic lunchtime location.

Where? 227-229 Hoxton Street, N1

How much? ££

Open: Monday: Closed, Tuesday–Friday: 11am–3pm, Saturday–Sunday: 11am–4pm. Dinner available Tuesday–Saturday: 6pm–10pm

Book: 020 7729 5737,

Best for sunny days: Rochelle Canteen

This bijou canteen sits in the converted bike shed of the old Rochelle School, looking out to the trees of Arnold Circus and equipped with sunny outside tables for warmer days. Entry is by buzzer, so this intimate lunchtime location has a distinctly for-those-who-know feel about it. The menu is small but perfectly formed, offering a selection of mostly light and always flavoursome dishes. It’s a popular haunt for cool creative types, so expect to see a few floating past your table.

Where? Rochelle School, London E2 7ES

How much? ££

Monday-Sunday: Breakfast 9am–11am, Lunch 12pm-3pm. Dinner available Thursday-Saturday: 6pm–9pm

Book: 020 7729 5677,


Best for culture vultures: The Book Club

Arriving at this two-floor Victorian warehouse on Leonard Street, you’ll find warm, welcoming interiors creatively kitted out with stylish bespoke furniture, graphic lighting and ever evolving exhibitions on the walls. The daily lunch menu is reassuringly straightforward and includes a great fuss-free House Burger and mouth-watering Fried Fish Butty. There’s a bit of something for everyone here, which makes it the perfect place for meetings, a sneaky cocktail or swift game of lunchtime ping-pong.

Where? 100-106 Leonard St London EC2A 4RH

How much? ££

Open: Monday-Wednesday: 9am-12am, Thursday-Friday: 9am-2am, Saturday: 10am-2am, Sunday: 10am-12am

Book: 0207 684 8618,

Best for culinary connoisseurs: The Clove Club

If there’s one Shoreditch hotspot to lunch at before you die, Isaac McHale’s acclaimed Michelin Star eatery is it. Voted 26th best restaurant on the planet in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards (and Britain’s top-ranked restaurant), it offers a singular menu of dishes to experience. Expect taste bud-rocking flavour combinations which sound unusual but are triumphantly compatible, like rich buttermilk chicken with pine salt.

Where? Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT

How much? £££

Open: Monday: 6pm–10.30pm, Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm–1.45pm & 6pm–10.30pm, Sunday: Closed

Book: 020 7729 6496,

Best for bikers (and non-bikers): The Bike Shed

Spread across four Victorian railway arches in the heart of Shoreditch, The Bike Shed is a Mecca for anyone with a passion for two wheels and good nosh. The freshly prepared food is served up from an open kitchen and lunch diners can head to a booth, snack on a sofa in the lounge or sit out on the terrace in summer. The menu is vast, with plenty of veggie lunch and brunch options, from crushed avocado, beans and poached eggs on sourdough toast, through to its famous mac & cheese with mascarpone and truffle oil.

Where? 384 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

How much? ££

Open: Monday: 10am–11pm, Tuesday-Friday: 10am–Midnight, Saturday: 9am–Midnight, Sunday: 9am–11pm

0207 729 8114,

Smashed avo and egg on rye bread

Shoreditch is teaming with enough arty bars, cafes, restaurants and pop-ups to keep you busy for weeks. If want to explore the tendy heart of East London book your train to London here!

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