Published on February 12, 2014 | by Juliet Atto


Nightlife review: Oslo

Restaurant: ✮✮✮✮

Club: ✮✮✮✮✮

The bar and dining area at Oslo Hackney

Oslo Hackney, is another London hotspot to open under the Nordic theme. [Bethe Dabbs]

Shoreditch isn’t the only area in London with cool and the trendy at the heart of its culture.

Hackney is up and coming with Oslo, the latest Scandinavian hotspot, leading the way.

This new club, restaurant and live music venue opened in January and has since generated quite the buzz. Oslo is the place to be. Conveniently located inside the old Hackney Central station, right next to the new one, Oslo gives off an intimate and old school vibe.

Oslo’s influence is steeped in Nordic culture – hence the name – which is also reflected in the menu. The food is delicious, cooked well and served beautifully. If you want to play it safe, the Oslo burger is probably your best bet. The fries are served in a tiny basket and the burger is on a wooden chopping board, which is perfect for all you Instagrammers: #foodporn.

However, if you want to be a little braver and embrace the true nature of a Nordic place like this, sampling one of the fish dishes is a must, and Oslo has plenty of it. The salmon, which is scrummy, comes in sandwich form with lettuce and tomato and works perfectly as a starter. The price is fairly average, at just over a tenner for a whole meal.

The best way to experience Oslo is by night. On Fridays they host Valhalla. For a fiver, nostalgic Madonna, Outkast and some indie rock will act as the slightly peculiar playlist to your Nordic night.

The dance floor gets packed pretty quickly and it can get incredibly hot and sweaty. Although once you have topped up your drink and the old school classics starts blaring it is easy to revel in the atmosphere and dance the night away.



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