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  • “I don't love it as much as it's sister venue - Jaguar Shoes - across the street, but it's still cool.” in 2 reviews

  • “Pop in with your laptop, have a glass of wine and do your work a little squiffy.” in 4 reviews

  • “If you want a comfy sofa, coffee and some wicked artwork to look at whilst working, then this is the place to go.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/7/2014
    1 check-in

    Extremely nice place.
    Super charming, and great coffee.

  • 2.0 star rating
    4/4/2010

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    3 stars

    I'm torn. This cute little urban hangout should really be rocking 4 solid stars of appreciation with it's free wifi and hipster crowd but really it's bad coffee and "I'd rather shit my pants than use that" loo it just falls short. It is saved by being a pretty chilled bar in the evenings and by having super cute staff but really that's not going to make me want to come back here. Not often anyways.

    I've been here a few times, both day and night over the past 2 years and each time I go I ask myself why. Is it really so cool that I want to be back here drink poor expensive coffee? Nope, but it has this chilled vibe that makes it an alright place to hang out, even with it's lack of plug sockets. It's right on the corner so if you're on your own you can people watch to your hearts content, I just wish that it didn't get so many of the idiots that think it's alright to talk crap loudly, ruining your afternoon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/7/2010
    1 check-in

    This has been my go to place to get a good cup of coffee, an adult beverage, light meal (the goat cheese and eggplant toasted sandwich, yum) and get online in the Shoreditch area. Unpretentious, simple, great atmosphere and reasonably priced. There is a nice playlist usually and it's never is to loud to have a conversation with your imaginary friend about how they've really changed and maybe they should stop following you around all the damn time and making a scene.....

    Anyway, go support these folks. They're doing a bang up job in this cold expensive heart of a London.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/3/2011

    I came to Old Shoreditch Station with two friends, finally trying out a place we'd seen more than a few times and to which we always meant to go. Maybe it my high expectations set me up for a let-down, but OSS was not quite what I had hoped it would be.

    Here's what I like about it:  Even on a weekend night, the place is relaxed. The music isn't too loud and the clientele all know that the others are there to sit down, enjoy some drinks, and chat. It's a welcome refuge in what can otherwise be an incredibly berserk nightlife scene. For this reason alone do I give it three stars instead of two.

    What I didn't like:  My single shot of Jim Beam on the rocks cost me £3.60. And the bartender didn't use a shot glass and was being kind of stingy...with Jim Beam. It's Jim Beam. Other than Jim Beam, with which the bartender was being kind of stingy (enabled by his lack of shot glass), they have a wide selection of whiskeys, but you had better arrive with some cash in your pocket. This probably isn't the most one could possibly be asked to pay for a shot of Jim Beam, but it's more than I care to spend again. Did I mention it was £3.60, and the bartender was being stingy?

    But I bought the shot and tried to sip it so slowly that it transformed into a whiskey of higher quality than it was. It didn't work though. So I just enjoyed the atmosphere:  lots of traditional materials used in a kind of minimalist aesthetic, with big front windows, nice booths, and strange baby-mobile-things hanging from said windows featuring cardboard cartoon cut-outs of meat cuts.

    I'd like to go back and see how it is during the day.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/8/2013
    1 check-in

    Good looking. Good coffee (though you can find allpress all across the neighbourhood). Ok cocktails. Always busy (have you seen where its at?). Good.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/12/2008

    The Old Shoreditch Station is a great bar. It's cool without being too try hard, though some of the art displays can be a bit questionable. On my last visit I was sitting underneath a box containing a hanged mannequin. I felt this touch slightly undermined the relaxing atmosphere they usually try to promote..

    The room behind the bar is littered with sofa's and stools and is a really great place to go if you're meeting up with a group of friends. Though it does get very busy at weekends it's not the kind of place you'll find people pushing and shoving to get to the bar. During the day you may feel a little out of place if you're not glued to a laptop but this is true of anywhere in the Hoxton/Shoreditch area. However at night time even the most trendy of Mac addicts will close their laptops to sing along to the tunes playing on the juke box. The selection is great and covers everything from the most contemporary dance tunes to 1970's classic rock anthems. Definitely recommended!

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/12/2008

    This is what Shoreditch is all about. The Old Shoreditch Station is a small but perfectly formed little cafe which manages to be at once quirky and chic, relaxed and cool. Remarkably cosy and cocoon like considering its location on the intersection of Old Street and hysteria, The Old Shoreditch Station has been around for just about forever although it's survived many an arbitrary name change.

    Pop in during the day like the rest of Shoreditch's freelancers to take advantage of the WiFi, grab a takeaway coffee on the way past - generally pretty good - or visit at night for a glass of wine and a slightly more upbeat atmosphere. Actually, scrap that, it's the holiday season. Pop in with your laptop, have a glass of wine and do your work a little squiffy. In my opinion it makes you more lucid and the atmosphere at The Old Shoreditch is nothing if not inducing of creativity.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/11/2008

    Situated on the trendy Shoreditch High street, this intimate coffee shop/bar offers the perfect environment during the day to meet friends, have informal business meetings or do some work. Wi-Fi is available and tasty fair trade coffee and drinks on offer. The staff are very relaxed and friendly creating an over all chilled atmosphere.

    In the evening the atmosphere becomes a little more vibrant, with many conversations all buzzing at once with people sharing sofas chairs and ideas. Ideal for friends and couples.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/12/2008

    I recently met my friend here. I wasn't in a drinking mood, so was happy to just have a coffee. We both knew the place, and had both been before. We were also both in Shoreditch., so it made sense.

    I was happy to find that it hadn't changed. Still relaxed and chilled. Still with the free wi-fi. The perfect place, in other words to either work quietly or chat with friends, before going off somewhere else. The coffee is good and the biscuits very good. The situation couldn't be better - right on the corner of Old Street and Kingsland Road.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/5/2011

    I love Old Shoreditch.  Free wifi, good AllPress coffee, and it's socially acceptable to drink at all hours.  At first I was intimidated by all the hipsters holding court but the people that work there are cool, and there's a steady crowd of regular freelancers/ students/ Shoreditch locals. And occasionally tourists asking where Hackney Road is.  

    The people watching on Kingsland Road is also top notch.

  • 1.0 star rating
    13/11/2013

    Tonight's experience was not good. I was served buy the black guy working in the clothing side of the coffee shop who had very ill hygiene standards and no customer service(. two things I think are of key importance for a coffee shop.)  
    As he  was making my coffee he dropped the coffee press on the dirty floor picked it up and continued to press my coffee. I stood there in shock, he didn't even dust it off.

    He then said £2.25 and I gave him £2.50 and he took it and didn't give me change.

    I'm not usually a hygiene freak which is why I  took the coffee and brushed it off but the more I  think about it it was actually disgusting of him to do that.  
    As for the involuntary tip, I  would have usually tipped the change but  it was just the rudeness that he assumed it was a tip. I hate it when waiters do that.

    The  place itself  is really nice and perfect wine bar / coffee shop atmosphere. Its a shame the one guy brings the place down.

    • Qype User Helean…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 109 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/12/2008

    What I love most about East London's art community is that anay and literally everything has gallery potential. from someone's front room, to a disused car park, or a bar-cum fashion store. Practically nowhere is untouched by the artist's presence. It's brilliant. Jaguar Shoes' sister bar The Old Shoreditch Station is a classic example.

    Server of a surprisingly impressive range of spirits for such a small place, wonderfully free WIFI (a godsend when you're bored to death of sitting typing on your own in a silent home office) and coffee; there is one other thing that makes this place special and that's the art.

    I went along to see an exhibition called Screen If You Wanna Go faster  a collection of limited edition hand screen printed artworks by the likes of Chrissie Abbott, Amy Brown Tuukka kaila and others. Very bright and psychedelic, lots of illustration graffiti-ispired work and some cartoons that I nearly mistook for Dave Shrigley.

    Apparently some of the prints contained some very unconventional materialslike pigs blood. Ewww not that it was easily discernible!

    • Qype User 78appl…
    • London
    • 36 friends
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/3/2008

    Good place to catch up with friends as it's very relaxed and during the week doesn't get too noisey. It's really central to the area - right on the corner of kingsland rd and old st - so also a good place to meet if you're going on somewhere.

    It's small (ok tiny) and there's not a great deal of space to perch. But it doesn't ever seem too packed and you can usually find a stool, corner of table or window ledge free.

    Rough round the edges, but that's exactly what you'd expect in Shoreditch, and suits me perfectly. It's a bit cosy. And thankfully, unlike a lot of the surrounding area, it doesn't get too wanky even on a saturday night.

    Pretty cheap for drinks and although the bar area's tiny they have an alright selection... just don't ask for a cocktail.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/1/2010

    The best coffee within a short radius of Shoreditch, and a great meeting spot.

    If you want a comfy sofa, coffee and some wicked artwork to look at whilst working, then this is the place to go. Part of the Jaguar Shoes empire it doesn't miss a Shoreditch trick, and in the weekends it doubles up as a bar, though I have yet to enjoy such guilty pleasures in said venue.

    Until the Coffee Shop opened up on Kingsland Road I didn;t thinkt here was anywhere else I might consider going to get a coffee in Shoreditch.

    • Qype User coldwa…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 29 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/7/2010

    Excellent coffee shop in great location on the corner of Old Street/Kingsland Road. The atmosphere here is relaxed, cool and friendly. Great place to stop of during the weekdays for a good coffee or quick beer.

    There's wi-fi, snacks and a plenty of room to sit without loosing it's uniquely intimate feel. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that it's relatively pricey and on friday/saturday evenings the atmosphere becomes more drinking orientated and the music gets pumped up. Would be nice to see a coffee shop during the eve as and alternative to the cosmos of bars along shoreditch high street.

    If you're in town, definitely check this place out for a nice coffee and good crowd. One of the only good places left in shoreditch.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/6/2012
    1 check-in

    i would prefer coming here during the day time than at night. it's chill with nice coffee, a good place to sit your computer at and just people watch while you bring up your microsoft word to start typing. it's chill with a nice concept store next door.

    by night, this place isn't as upbeat as it seems. meh! come by the day!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/12/2010

    i love this place. it look me ages to get there and i live across the street, but it always looked so cool. and when i went it totally lived up to my expectations.

    chai and coffee. and really good whiskey.

    the man behind the bar was intelligent and helpful. and they had pants growing upside down from the ceiling!!!

    i expect, now that ice broken the ice,  i'll be there frequently.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/11/2008

    I visited the place on Friday night so I have not experience how the place works as a cafe, but noticed that it was not  working really well as a bar- at least not for me.

    the rockabilly music was so loud that it hurt my ears, there was only one person working behind the bar, and there was only ONE toilet for all the ladies ( so imagine the queue)..

    However I liked the looks of the place, the location and space is funny. The place used to be a railway station building! They have saved some of the original looks, like old stairs cases  and tables that gives the place and old charming look.

    The selection is about beer, cider and spirits. Nothing too special, expect the history of the venue .

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    On a lazy day when I'm looking for somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine with a friend, perhaps even stretching to a croissant and hot chocolate, this is my usual destination.   It's often busy with a cool crowd, locals on laptops using the wifi, people sipping coffee and reading the newspaper.  

    As the name would suggest, the café/bar was once the Old Shoreditch Station.   Fairly small inside so there's a limited amount of seating.   I've only been during the daytime, passing during the night when people spill out onto the pavement, it doesn't look as appealing.  The tiny bar can only serve a few people at once, so you have to be patient if you want a drink, and the single toilet inevitably always has a queue.  

    So for me, this is a great venue for daytime drinks, fair trade coffee, a good selection of pastries and the floor to ceiling windows make it a good spot for a bit of people watching.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    The Old Shoreditch Station is that great bar/coffee place that seems to run on it's own time.  Staff are super-chilled, coffees are always great and food is simple and tasty.  At night it tends to get a bit more energised, the bar getting quite packed and service a bit slow. I don't love it as much as it's sister venue - Jaguar Shoes - across the street, but it's still cool.  With free wireless, it's a great place to bring your laptop down to, plug in, and surf the net.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    This place is pretty cool. I discovered it shortly after moving to the neighborhood and needing internet access which they have. The Old Shoreditch Station is located on the corner of Old Street and Kingsland Road. It is frequented by the local hipsters meeting up with friends or sitting along hunched over their macbooks. I like this place and its cool, laid back vibe. They serve a fantastic latte and seem crowded from morning till night.  Check it out.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/12/2008

    The Old Shoreditch Station is a relatively straightforward lounge/pub at Shoreditch's crossroads. I find it best for meeting friends in the area either before heading somewhere else, or if you have not planned too far in advance and would just like to have a few drinks. Most often I end up passing through on improvised pub crawls, rarely satisfied with any of the regular destinations. They have a full bar but I opt for beer. Not sensational but pretty unassuming and refreshingly basic for the area.

    • Qype User ErikM…
    • London
    • 43 friends
    • 106 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    23/10/2011

    Not really the kind of place I would expect to find good coffee in, especially with the pub-y look the The Old Shoreditch Station exudes. The ice latte is definitely one to try, one of the best in London.

    • Qype User melody…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 41 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/4/2012

    Excellent Allpress coffee served up just right in a calm cool relaxing atmosphere. It's my local  and I love it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/8/2008
    First to Review

    super convenient spot for meeting up. hip but unpretentious. nothing really phenomenal about it - just a good cafe/bar to keep in mind when in need of an impromptu HQ.

    • Qype User Minima…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 75 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/12/2009

    what's up with the 'Plaistow' thing?

    • Qype User Ines1…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/12/2011

    Love this place. Coffee is gooood, relaxed atmosphere, good music,unpretentious and comfy sofas. The best part has got to be the people-watching on the benches outside though:)

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