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Loungelover, London

1 Whitby Street
Shoreditch, E1
Tube: Liverpool Street
Tel: 44 207 012 1234's insider take:

When it comes to decor, the Loungelover has come a long way from its former incarnation as a meatpacking factory. From the same antiques dealers behind disco glam Annex 3, Loungelover takes a different route, with an air of eccentric sophistication that appeals to Shoreditch's art-and-fashion brigade. The interior combines everything from baroque wall hangings to Japanese lanterns and a fair share of taxidermy, with retro chairs, and a long wooden table. The mixologist makes good use of subtle flavors—rose petals, lavender, cardamom, sage—and there's also a tasty selection of hot bar snacks, especially the vegetable and Granny Smith tempura, and the chicken skewers with peanut sauce. Be sure to book a table on weekends, or you might find yourself squashed into a small area around the bar trying in vain to catch the eye of the over-busy waitstaff.

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