Back in summer when the days were hot and the nights were cool (actually pretty flippin’ chilly), I was told about this place called Last Days of Shoreditch.
Now, I live in west London. In fact, I live right on the edge of west London so I was really hoping that travelling all the way to Shoreditch wasn’t going to be a waste of time. And within five minutes of being there, I knew it wasn’t.
Multiple bars, street art, cocktails, DJs, and a collection of some of London’s finest street art vendors, LDOS was everything a gal could want of a summer’s evening – all contained in the same place within a five second walk of each other.
Some may say that is what dreams are made of.
The wooden tables and benches encouraged chatting to people I’d never met (especially after a few pints of cider), and the patio heaters were chucking out immense heat, so there were no worries about the inevitable cold hitting once the sun set.
Come 7pm, the benches started to fill with people eating, drinking, and being merry, ready to switch off from whatever had happened that week and chill out for the evening.
Part of the lil soiree was under cover too, illuminated only by the red-tinted light emanating from the LDOS sign sitting behind the DJ decks, and made somewhat more atmospheric by the lingering mist.
On top was a roof terrace-esque section – although I was unable to see what was up there as it was roped off with a bouncer for the night. I assume it was hired out for a private event, but it did look rather intriguing nonetheless. I know they’ve got a mini golf course in there somewhere too but I couldn’t seem to find it – maybe next time!
One of the things I appreciated most about LDOS was the attention to detail – something I feel can be easily overlooked at places like these.
Everything was done up beautifully, and the intricate paintings on almost every wall added to the eccentricity of the place. The mirror effect skulls hanging over one of the bars was a personal fave.
As with just about anything I do, of course the food would have to get a mention. There were a number of little street food huts lined up next to each other, offering a mix of tastes and flavours from around the world.
After 20 minutes of deliberation (they all smelt so nice) I went for a Kra Pow – a northern Thai street food vendor. The food definitely did not disappoint, and was just what I needed after a few pints on an empty stomach (always happens).
So, why am I telling you this?
Well, LDOS have just launched their winter nights series, and I absolutely can’t wait to go back there.
They’re promising ‘star-studded DJ lineups, mouth-watering street food traders, craft beer and cocktails, and a brand new mezzanine restaurant.’
For the winter series, street food will include winter-warming slow cooked food from Pull and Punch, cheesey goodness from Cheese Truck (I MUST try this), and a chicken wing feast from Wingman.
LDOS has also collaborated with festivals including Farr Festival, Eastern Electrics and Bugged Out Weekender to bring the par-tay.
Sounds like the perfect place to spend a winter night if you ask me.
If you live in, or around London and like this kinda thing (who doesn’t?) – I urge you to go – I reckon you’d defo enjoy it.
LDOS is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 17th December.
Tickets available at www.lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk
(Some) pictures courtesy of LDOS.