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Impress a mate or a date with just how on the Shoreditch money you are, by introducing them to this off-piste coffee lounge/cocktail bar – squirrelled away upstairs at a day-hire hub for hot-deskers. Overground trains thundering by, within inches of large picture windows, are no less dramatic an urban vision than the monochrome pop art murals in this airy loft. Cocktails are similarly distinctive: figure on £10 for Tropic Thunder (Ron Abuelo rum, maraschino liqueur, lime, fruity Red Bull Tropical and a jigger of absinthe), Shoreditch Sour (with Buffalo Trace bourbon and ginger), or The Green Milky Way (white crème de cacao shaken with crème de menthe and cream). Order wine (from £20 for house French) alongside a choice of seasonal snacks. For entertainment, spoken-word and DJ sets aimed at more cerebral tastes are popular. Check before making tracks to the Platform: the space is regularly booked for private functions.