Not satisfied with running some of the capital’s finest pop up events, the team that brought you Night Tales and Summer Tales had lofty ambitions.
So bienvenue à NT’s Loft, a permanent bar-restaurant-hangout on the site formerly known as Platform Bar & Cafe at Netil House.
Needless to say, it’s cool.
Taking over an old 60s college building that’s come full circle and is now kind of cool-ugly, NT’s have filled their second floor space with comfy sofas, neon lighting and a buttload of plants, letting the brick walls and bare cement floors do the rest.
Teaming up with Background Bars and Palm Greens, an outfit serving vegan dishes like Chinese-style spring onion pancakes, NT’s is open throughout the day as a café before morphing into a familiar Night Tales evening vibe. Wednesdays are given over to live jazz; weekends are all about the DJs with a dance floor bopping to disco, house and R&B. The outdoor terrace gets its own DJ, as well as a cocktail booth to keep you watered as you watch the sunset.
Of course, if you get bored of all that, you can explore the rest of the building – like the shop units leased out to quirky residents like the Experimental Perfume Club; the second restaurant run by the team behind P. Franco, Bright; the in-house radio station; the rooftop bar with panoramic views over the Victorian gasworks, skyscrapers and warehouses of East London and the marketplace home to some 60 independent traders and food vendors, including We Do Nothing (who, in actual fact, make ethical clothing) and the city’s tiniest Bao restaurant in a shed seating six…
…but you probably won’t.
NOTE: NT’s Loft is open Mon & Tues 10am-5pm, Wed & Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri & Sat 10am-1.30am, and Sun 10am-midnight. You’re best off booking ahead, which you can do here.
ALSO NOTE: The Night Tales team have now opened another place in Hackney, with an outdoor terrace and an emphasis on club nights with big-name DJs. Find out more here.
NT’s Loft | Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
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