This bohemian boozer was an integral part of the Shoreditch explosion. Tucked away down a cobbled East End alley it was originally a mecca for local artists, loft dwellers and the odd genuine geeza. Everything about the Bricklayers is alternative from the wackily dressed clientele down to the eclectic music policy.

Drinks are reasonably priced and the upstairs restaurant serves an appetising mix of Thai and traditional British food. In summer the mulleted crowds spill out onto the outside tables and mingle with punters from all the other surrounding trendy bars, pubs and clubs. Although the number of city suits is rising in the area, this place is still at the beating heart of boho.

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