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London: 2 hangouts offering events, crafts, drinks and more

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Drink, Shop, & Do
Hanging out at Drink, Shop & Do. Photo: TillyVanilly

By Lara Kavanagh in London—

Sometimes it’s great to have everything in one place, without having to trek around town. Here are two great London venues with a multi-purpose approach to entertainment, including some fun free activities.

Drink, Shop & Do
9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
Open: Tuesday to Saturday
Tel: 020 3343 9138
Web site

This quirky little meeting place is a craft haven located just around the corner from Kings Cross station, and offers pretty much what the name suggests: drinks, shopping and tons of stuff to do.

Drinks range from tea and coffee to bottled beer, wine and cocktails, and there’s a low-key menu including quiche, crumpets and a host of sweet treats, including brownies and flapjacks. You can buy pretty much everything you see, including furniture, jewelry, greetings cards and a load of cute stuff for the home.

There’s also a fun calendar of events to keep you entertained once you’ve shopped and drunk your fill. Try out Knit Night, Scrabble Sunday and the Dot-to-Dot disco–best of all, most events are free to join. Watch out for the special Valentine card-making event on Thursday February 10, 2011.

The Victoria
110 Grove Road, E3 5TH
Open daily
Web site

This super-hip laid-back joint in the East End, formerly a boxing pub, is another great multi-tasker. It offers a small American-style diner menu, live music, regular art exhibitions, open-mic nights, life-drawing sessions, knitting groups and high-quality jumble sales (every first Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

The Victoria also offers – wait for it – a hair parlour, of all things (haircuts Tuesdays and Sundays, check dates on Web site). And as if that wasn’t enough for you, there are free film screenings on Sundays from 8 p.m. Get there early to bag a seat.

About the author

Lara Kavanagh

About the author: Lara Kavanagh is a travel editor and freelance writer based in London, and has also had the great pleasure of living in and writing about Paris. Top vintage shopping, great food and quirky nightlife are her favourite things about London.

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