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Hoxton Pony

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104-108 Curtain Road
Phone: 02076132844
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Ethelred The Unsteady left this review about Hoxton Pony

My trusted proxy (and there's nothing in the guidelines about that) tells me that this a cocktails, wine and champagne bar, and that a drink will typically cost you about a tenner. It has live stuff on Fridays and on Saturdays, which tends to be anything, which might have a claim to be cool, i.e. grime, hip-hop, EDM etc. It doesn't seem to sell beer, but then there are other venues on this site which don't either. The décor and furnishings are exactly as you would expect to find in a self-consciously trendy place like this. Oh, and "you wouldn't like it, dad".

If you're looking for real ale and history, then it would score nought, but on the other hand, if you want to flare off a few smackers on the above, among others doing alike, then it's ten-out-of-ten. I suppose that if you have money and are looking to begin a Mixed Attractiveness Relationship, then you could do worse than to come here too.

For those without an enquiring mind, stop here. Otherwise, read on (dot, dot, dot.)

Following the release of the "Paradise Papers" on offshore tax avoidance (and we can't post working links here, understandably), the Guardian writes of one "James Mellon and his London bar". It says:

"The arch-Brexiteer and Isle of Man tax exile is a proprietor of a cocktail bar in one of London’s hippest neighbourhoods – the Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch.

In 2007, he teamed up with his longstanding business partner, the Canadian billionaire Stephen Dattels, to become a co-partner in the venture.

Rather than invest directly in a British business, Mellon created a layered structure. The bar was run by a UK-registered company, Calabrese House Ltd, which was entirely owned by an Isle of Man company, Calabrese Holdings Ltd, which had four equal shareholders.

Mellon and Dattels provided the funds, investing £500,000 each. They each held 25% via the Isle of Man. And it was the Manx vehicle that would pay out any dividends. If the bar was ever sold at a profit by its Manx parent, there would be no corporation tax to pay – because the Isle of Man does not tax company profits.

The leaked files show Appleby suggesting various ways this structure could help minimise tax. Mellon’s representative said the recommendations had not been acted on. The financier told the Guardian the bar had never made a profit, and that “the Calabrese investment has not been a good one”.

There are no tax advantages to holding the business outside the UK, according to Denham Eke, managing director of Mellon’s Isle of Man based Burnbrae Group. He added: “The reason we used an Isle of Man holding company is that we operate from the Isle of Man. It is our domicile and it is where we have our accounting and support infrastructure.”

Gerardo Calabrese, who runs the bar and holds a quarter share, said the dual Manx and UK structure was for convenience, for “minimising any cost duplication”, and had nothing to do with avoiding tax. Dattels did not respond to an emailed request for comment..."

So there you have it, good gentlefolk.

"Never made a profit". At ten quid a drink (cough).

On 15th November 2017 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Hoxton Pony

This is a trendy bar that is open until 1am Monday thru Thurday and 2am Friday and Saturday. There is an upstairs bar that had a couple of Meantime lagers available and there is also a larger area downstairs that has a dance floor.

I found the staff to be friendly enough, but my days of visiting these establishments have long gone.

On 6th August 2009 - rating: 5
[User has posted 3281 recommendations about 3262 pubs]

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15th Nov 2017, 08:18
Review submitted by Ethelred The Unsteady amended by Ethelred The Unsteady
15th Nov 2017, 08:18
Review submitted by Ethelred The Unsteady amended by Ethelred The Unsteady

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Events at Hoxton Pony
8pm - 2am, Fri 8th Dec