Desk-ercise with Portland Brown
Dec 11, 2019
Shoreditch is inarguably one of the coolest parts of London. Once a working-class part of the east end, the area has become a hub for creative and high tech businesses, most notably attracting Amazon’s UK headquarters. With this flood of young professionals has come arguably one of the best food, nightlife and entertainment scenes that London has to offer. In this guide, we’ll look at the best that this area of London has to offer.
What to do in the evenings
Old Street Records is one of the coolest bars in town, with its highly Instagrammable exposed brick walls, filament lighting and stacks of vintage records. As you’d expect from a venue with ‘Records’ in the name, there’s also a programme of live music and DJs and, with two-for-one cocktails between 5 and 8, it’s the perfect place to grab a drink after work. For something more unusual, why not visit Flight Club? This bar mixes great food and drink, cool ambience and…darts, for a distinctively non-traditional take on this traditional English sport.
For food, The Owl And The Pussycat is a great choice, offering a traditional pub setting right in the heart of Shoreditch. And afterwards, why not head out to Plonk for a round of minigolf. This cool Shoreditch popup offers a unique experience and is extremely popular with visitors and locals alike.
Techies are known for their love of caffeine and Shoreditch certainly doesn’t disappoint. At Ozone Coffee Roasters on Leonard Street, you can enjoy a cup of coffee straight from their dedicated roastery, as well as a range of food if you’re feeling peckish. Alternatively, visit Origin Coffee’s flagship store in Shoreditch, where you can taste a wide range of specialist brews served by award-winning baristas.
There’s loads to do on the weekend in and around Shoreditch. You could head south for some retail therapy in Spitalfields market, where high-end boutiques mix with market stalls selling everything from t-shirts to vegetables. The market also offers a wide range of street food, from Amazonian flatbread to steak sandwiches cooked in a replica steam engine. Closer to home, Boxpark Shoreditch offers shopping ranging from stationary to skincare, as well as a range of restaurants and a ‘drip bar’, where you can get your daily dose of vitamins delivered intravenously by a trained nurse.
There’s plenty of culture to soak up too. Dennis Severs’ House is an 18th century house, painfully recreated by the eponymous artist into an authentic lived-in experience. Additionally, there are a number of boutique galleries in the area, including Studio 1.1 and Pure Evil Gallery, which shows off local street art.
Shoreditch is served by Old Street Station, on the Northern Line, granting easy access into Bishopsgate and the City to the south and King’s Cross to the west. Shoreditch High Street Station provides access to national rail services. The area is also traversed by a number of bus routes or, if you’d prefer to cycle, there are Santander Bike stations throughout the area.