Founded in 1984 by Richard Boote, The Strongroom started life as a single room recording studio. Struck with ennui at the stagnant nature of most studios, Boote was striving for an innovative recording space that provided an inspiring setting, whilst at the same time maintaining the highest quality in equipment.
Set up in an old furniture distribution warehouse which was immediately rented to other independent businesses alongside, The Strongroom very quickly became a starting block for a new creative community within Shoreditch that still strives today.
By the mid nineties, The Strongroom had numerous studios and was expanding even further. More office buildings were added to house other music-related businesses and in 1997 a part of the building that had previously been derelict was renovated to become a large restaurant and bar.
The Strongroom Bar (originally called The Weary Traveller) was an instant success and is still massively popular today. With an ivy clad, relatively concealed entrance and a huge cobbled courtyard, entering The Strongroom feels like you are visiting a close friend that you know well enough to use their back gate.
With solid, thick wooden staircases leading you either up to the restaurant and bar, or down to the snug, comfy basement, The Strongroom is reminiscent, somehow, of that amazing tree house you wish you spent your youth in.
The food is interesting enough, without being pretentious, and extremely reasonably priced considering the 'hipster' location. A main meal in Shoreditch for under a tenner is not to be sniffed at, but beware it might add up if you pile on the sides.
The beer list is more than formidable, with more than 25 bottled beers for your delectation, and a couple of tasty, unusual ciders as apposed to the standard, lazy Strongbow and Bulmers.
But perhaps the most magnetic thing about The Strongroom is the music. And how could a place that teems so heavily with the industry not have good live nights? And of course, expect an eclectic mix. Strongroom Sessions is a weekly live music night down in the basement, but they also have monthly DJ sets, including specific psyche, northern soul and 'girl group;' nights, so there really is something for everyone. It has also been said it's not impossible to catch an impromptu gig out in the courtyard from a passing recording artist.
All in all, The Strongroom is just that - strong.
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
120-124 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3SQ
tel: 020 7426 5103