Shoreditch: hippest residents, start-up companies and emerging artists
East London’s Shoreditch is one of the most vibrant and artistic areas of the city. In this area you will find trendy hangouts such as Shoreditch Grind coffee shop, The Brick Lane Art Gallery, Truman Brewery market and football-themed Bar Kick. The once dilapidated area has gone through a major gentrification and now attracts London’s hippest and coolest residents, start-up companies and emerging artists. Pull your leather jacket, RayBans and skinny jeans out of the back of your closet and venture to East London!
Liverpool Street station and Shoreditch High Street Overground station are the easiest stations to use to travel to Shoreditch. As Liverpool Street station is a travel-hub there are also many buses that will drop you in the area.
Start your Shoreditch experience off with a bit of shopping at Spitalfields Market, Allsaints Spitalfields, Brick Lane’s bric-a-brac market and BOXPARK. There are other things to do in Shoreditch that do not involve shopping so fear not if Knightsbridge has tired you out! East End Walking Tour, departing from Liverpool Street Station, is a great way to see all artsy and cultural things in East End. If you’re brave enough you can also take the Jack the Ripper walking tour and learn about one of the world’s most notorious serial killers!
Shoreditch’s bars and restaurants are some of London’s more buzzworthy. Start at Ten Bells, where Jack the Ripper used to hunt his victims, and then continue on to Brewdog, a Scottish craft beer bar, or the Mayor of Scardey Cat Town for a secret East London speakeasy. If you’re looking for a more upscale bar you can try the Boundary Roof Terrace bar and restaurant which is located across from BOXPARK.
Have a look at my local tips for some more secret spots in Shoreditch! Be sure to keep these hidden gems to yourself, they are no longer cool if they are mainstream!