I know, I know - you probably think I spend my life in pubs due to all the recommendations I give you about them. Though this would only be partly untrue (after all, we do call pubs the English people's living room - where we all hang out and chat), I believe I offer places that you will truly be tempted to visit time and again.
The Golden Heart is no different, as it is probably the go-to pub in the Shoreditch area, being that it is a stones throw from Brick Lane, Rough Trade and a host of other tempting places. It is also an arty hangout of note, not just among the painfully cool Shoreditch types who frequent here, but actually of real artists - Tracey Emin is supposed to be a regular here, and has contributed a number of pieces which you can see on display both inside and outside the pub.
The good thing about this place is that it still has the feel of a local pub, which seems quite unusual for an area which seems built on style over substance. This could be down to the fact that the landlady has been here for over thirty years - a fact that is echoed through the artwork on display, by the likes of Gilbert and George, Royal Family pictures, and of course a couple from Emin herself.
Should I have not tempted you thus far, as really all your after is a drink, you'll be happy to know it manages to perform all the expected functions of a decent pub too. There are a decent range of beers and wines, a jukebox for music, and football on tv, helping to keep the locals coming through the doors as well as the trendies.
The only thing left to say is - see you down there ( and mine's a pint)...