Well-known in Hackney for offering some of the best live music around in an intimate setting; I headed down to The Lauriston on a Sunday evening to soothe away the anticipation of my Monday morning commute.

The Venue

The Lauriston is filled with wooden tables; which groups of trendy hackney-ites assemble around, killing time before the music starts, chatting and drinking away like it’s a Saturday night. The decor is a quirky amalgam of simple, modern tones with vintage-inspired details. There is exposed brick complimented by the more contemporary, painted bar; plus a jukebox for you to select your favourite tunes when live music or DJ sets aren’t gracing the stage.

DJ set at The Lauriston














A lively atmosphere keeps this top London pub buzzing.

The Clientele and Atmosphere

We got there a little before the sun went down and The Lauriston was dimly light, with candles on every table, which gave the pub an intimate feel, yet the atmosphere was still upbeat with groups chattering loudly and sharing the armchairs in front of the stage. While the bar was constantly lined with those hoping to nab a seat, or people just mesmerised by the guys in the kitchen expertly throwing around dough.  This gave the couples lining the comfy benches at the back a chance to get cosy and catch up, safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t be overheard.

DJ decks at The Lauriston














The party atmosphere at The Lauriston makes it a great spot some after work drinks.

The Food and Drinks

The pub is constantly filled with the delicious aroma of the freshly made pizzas; hot from the stone baked oven and frankly looking absolutely irresistible. Sadly I had already eaten and couldn’t gather up enough hunger to sample the Italian fare, but I know I will be back to try them! People around me were tucking in and they really looked like they were going down a treat.

As the sun was shining all day the offers for Pimms were in full swing, and I was happily surprised by the larger-than-average, alcoholic pitcher of fruit-filled goodness I was presented with. I’m not sure these were made for just two to share, but how can you turn down more Pimms especially at only £14.50 a jug! Bargain. The Lauriston also do all your usual pub classics, serving up ales, beers, ciders, wines and spirits – so don’t fret if Pimms isn’t your thing.

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It all kicks off when the DJs hit the decks later making this a great London nightlife spot.


An evening spent wiling away the hours in The Lauriston is never time wasted. The free live music was a great bonus to an evening  spent working our way through the pitcher of Pimms, people watching and debating over what pizza we would choose. I would definitely recommend The Lauriston; a London pub perfect for a date night, or the perfect place to hang out with friends and score some free entertainment.