Shoreditch is one of London’s most creative areas. You only need to pass through to see a vivid cross-section of all walks of life, and once you get used to the rapid pace of living in this energetic district, you’re sure to find yourself swept away on a wave of new inspiration. As fans of Shoreditch ourselves, we’ve compiled this brief guide to four top spots where you can find renewed creative inspiration…
Columbia Road Flower Market
Whilst Shoreditch is not without plenty of areas seemingly custom-designed for creative souls, only a handful are rooted in nature. Shoreditch in general has a far more urbanised look and feel, but Columbia Road Flower Market is a little different. This delightful flower market revels in the simple pleasure of browsing and buying bundles of beautiful, fragrant floral arrangements. Open each Sunday, it’s a really magical place within easy reach of the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, with plenty of creative appeal (as well as looking fab in photographs).
Part quirky shopping centre, part creative installation, BoxPark is also home to some of London’s most fascinating creative boutiques, and a range of items from both unknown and established designers. Built from refitted shipping containers, the stock and stores themselves are always changing, so every visit offers something a little different to the last. Perfect for picking up some unique finds before heading back to your hotel to browse the M by Montcalm Restaurant Menu.
The ideal venue for everything from music performances to art shows, the Village Underground is fashioned from a renovated warehouse and abandoned Tube carriages, and regularly puts on fantastic – and endlessly creative – displays and exhibitions. Home to a thriving community of artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers, this is certainly one of London’s most creative destinations, and includes everything you could ever want from a trip to Shoreditch’s more offbeat areas. During your visit to the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, this would also be the ideal place to pick up a little artistic inspiration for your own projects, or simply to take some photos.
Another artistic venue of the sort you rarely find outside of Shoreditch. Rich Mix bills itself as an independent cultural centre, and more than lives up to this name. With an eclectic mixture of shows on offer, the space has been used for everything from film premieres to quirky festivals, exhibitions and performances. If you are travelling with younger visitors, then there is also a packed roster of child-friendly events to keep little ones entertained, while the regular music gigs are sure to inspire creative visitors to London in their own work. Every week the entertainment on offer here is a little different to the week before, so it’s worth checking with the venue itself to see what’s happening right now.