The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
Made up of a triangle of influences, Shoreditch is known across the capital for its distinctive and alternative atmosphere.
To the East, you will be able to find Brick Lane and Bangla-town which make up London’s celebrated curry mile with an array of Anglo-Indian cuisine to indulge in. Whilst, in the West, the showcase of towering buildings on Liverpool Street best represent this area as one of the world’s most concentrated for money-making talent. Moreover in the heart of Shoreditch, Spitalfields Market takes prevalence and offers boutique fashion, design and lifestyle stores along with distinctive bars, cafes and restaurants for both locals and visitors to enjoy.
This area of London has also attracted creative industries such as design, media and web technology companies making it a trendy and vibrant place to be. This has also meant that it has become an increasingly desirable area of the capital to take residence especially as more and more companies are relocating here to take advantage of Shoreditch’s lower rents.
So whether you’re working in the area or exploring it with your time off, you’ll be able to enjoy this international community that Shoreditch embraces.
Being the creative hub of London, Shoreditch is a great place to unwind after a hard day’s work due to its eclectic mix of quirky pubs, trendy bars and multi-cultural restaurants to choose from. There’s also an exciting range of entertainment venues where you’ll be able to mix with the locals and enjoy a variety of comedy and music.
For a great night out, the Book Club is one of London’s most creative bars that offers a packed timetable of events including live bands, DJ acts, Ping-Pong tournaments, informative talks, life drawing and classic video game nights. The laid-back environment is great place for a drink after work and makes for an exciting night out.
A visit to the Hawksmoor restaurant and bar in Spitalfields is a must when in the area with its award-winning menu revolving around the very best of British meat simply cooked on a real charcoal grill. It also has a fantastic wine selection taken from both small producers and big name vineyards and a cocktail list which aims to revive some well-known classics.
For quieter evenings outside of apartment, why not try the new take on film viewing with the renowned Aubin cinema. For the same price as some of London’s cinema multiplexes, this venue offers so much more with full sofas to kick back on, blankets to snuggle under and best of all you can even bring your own wine which can keep cool in the handy wine buckets next to your seats. It’s an intimate 45 seat screen that provides a homely atmosphere whilst being able to watch both old and new blockbusters and quirky art-house numbers.
If you’re lucky enough to have some time off at the weekends, Shoreditch is a great place to be to make the most out of your free time.
Stopping off at the Breakfast Club café is a great way to start your day as they’re known for being big on breakfasts. You can indulge in a traditional full English or try some more American influences with Eggs Benedict or pancakes. It doesn’t even matter if you decide to have a much needed lie in either as their breakfast menu is served all day until 5pm, so whatever the time of day, you’ll be sure to get a good feed up here.
For art lovers, you will be impressed with the amount of galleries that pepper this area. All the way from Whitechapel through to Bethnal Green Road, Redchurch Street and onto the Shoreditch Triangle you will be able to discover a diverse array of exhibitions that offer impressive work by both young talented artists and celebrated ones. Leonard Street Gallery, StolenSpace Gallery and Raven Row are all worth a visit if you are looking for some culture.
Moreover, the brick walls on Great Eastern Street serve as blank canvases for bi-monthly art exhibitions so you will be able to view Shoreditch’s very own outdoor gallery when simply wandering around the area.
With Brick Lane Market and Boxpark also being within your remit, you can enjoy browsing a mixture of vintage and independent fashion garments that you won’t be able to find on the high-street.
The two main tube stations in Shoreditch are Old Street and Liverpool Street which are both less than 10 minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High Street.
Old Street is on the Northern line and is great for getting around zone 1 and also getting to some popular zone 2 destinations, such as vibrant Camden and the affluent international neighbourhood of Clapham.
Liverpool Street is on the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and the Hammersmith & City lines allowing commuters to get anywhere across the capital with ease.