Shoreditch has become – over a number of years – one of the coolest, most hip boroughs of London. The area has an innovative, creative feel, and that has translated to amazing art, shops and food and drink, all delivered in a unique way.
There are few – if any – parts of London that can boast the same mixture of everyday conveniences and fresh, exciting things to see and do that Shoreditch does. Best of all, everything is right on your doorstep from your room at M by Montcalm.
Shoreditch is full of eateries, catering to every taste there is but Dinerama brings many of them together in a cool, extremely hip setting.
A kind of food market – except it’s on every week – the idea of Dinerama is to put smaller, yet still great, London eateries in one place and provide some music and good drinks at the same time. It’s essentially like having all the best restaurants in Shoreditch in one place, which can never be a bad thing.
Choosing what to eat can be difficult, as there is a huge amount of different types of food on offer, from massive burgers to artisanal donuts and anything else you can think of.
To some people, graffiti is an anti-social nuisance, in Shoreditch it takes pride of place. It’s impossible to walk around the area without noticing amazing artworks on walls and in disused doorways.
And these aren’t crude tags we’re talking about, Shoreditch attracts some of the most well-known graffiti artists from around the world. Banksy’s work has appeared in the area, for example, and there are still a couple of his pieces about if you know where to look. And if you spend too long searching and end up with tired feet, you can always retreat to the Montcalm Shoreditch Spa.
Emblematic of Shoreditch’s creative, modern approach to music and performance art, Village Underground is a great place to see up-and-coming artists doing what they do best.
It’s a great venue and utterly Shoreditch in its looks and feel. The acts on offer can vary massively in style and profile, making it an awesome place to catch something new you may never have heard of before. Better still, it’s only a short walk from your room at the M by Montcalm.
No trip to Shoreditch is complete without a visit to Boxpark- and it’s more than just a novelty.
Boxpark is a ‘pop-up mall’ made entirely from old shipping containers, all packed in and arranged as unique spaces for different vendors – what could be more Shoreditch than that? If you do indeed shop ‘til you drop, you only have a short walk to the Montcalm Shoreditch Spa.
You’ll find jewellery stores, homewares, clothing shops and everything in between at Boxpark and you will spend more than you planned, so maybe set yourself a strict budget!
Bethnal Green Road
On Bethnal Green Road, trendy cocktail bars sit side-by-side with grocers, and no part of Shoreditch sums up its unique character more succinctly.
You’ll find great cafes and shops along this main drag of the borough, but also older businesses that have been in place since the time when Shoreditch was not such a glamorous part of the capital.
It’s a wonderful, vibrant area and it’s well worth taking the time to check it out.