East London’s Book Club: a retro place in the UK’s heart
You may be surprised when you enter in London’s Book Club door.
Its retro aesthetic, inspired in vintage years, let anyone rendered. The place talks for itself: it offers wisdom and a cultural revolution to London’s East End social scene. It is a multi-space which includes an all day bar, club and exhibition space which operates from the early morning hours to late at night.
Housed in a slightly retouched Victorian warehouse ((100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4RH), The Book Club offers unique interior design spread across two floors – the ground floor and the underground level. The interior design and creative direction for the establishment was created by Shai Akram and inspired by the interiors from New York’s café/bar scene.
The ground floor is comprised of the Canteen, Bar, Ping Pong area, Lounge and restrooms. The interior design of the ground floor features exposed full length windows, creating a communication between the street and the interior, while allowing the space to feel airy, open and naturally lit.
The brick walls of the former Victorian warehouse have been left untouched and in some cases exposed, while in some cases unique cutout circles allow customers to see through the width of the interior, thus creating a sense of communication with other spaces.
The Ping-Pong area is just as impressive as the rest of the interior – word has it that The Book Club has been London’s hub for ping-pongers for some time now. The Ping-Pong area, clad in long solid wood planks with the ping-pong rackets hanging on the wall beckons for a play.
Underneath the ground floor, the underground level is comprised of areas such as the Book Room, the Cloak Room, the Pool Room, the Bar and restrooms.