The Easter Bank Holiday is a great time to visit London, and if you’re staying in Shoreditch you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do with a difference. From quirky markets to serious shopping, clubbing and more besides, here’s our brief guide to five activities to try when you’re next in town…
Visit Columbia Road Flower Market
London is home to all manner of markets, and Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the very best. Every Sunday, the road is transformed into an array of colour and fragrance, with traders selling a huge variety of floral arrangements throughout the day. This open-air market is particularly inviting on sunny spring days, and would make a delightful Easter activity when staying at one of the Shoreditch hotels nearby. Prepare for crowds around midday, and visit towards the end of the day for the best chance of grabbing a few bargains. The surrounding area offers plenty of additional shops for buying antiques and vintage items.
Head to Boxpark Shoreditch
Opportunities for shopping are plentiful in Shoreditch, but one of the very best – not to mention most original – places is Boxpark, a shopping complex made entirely from shipping containers. This one-of-a-kind destination bristles with unique finds and supports emerging designers, as well as housing selected brands, many of them based in London.
Go clubbing at XOYO
One of London’s most beloved nightclubs, XOYO is also one of the top clubs in Shoreditch, perfect for dancing into the small hours to the sounds of some of the city’s top musical talent. This is where you’ll hear all the latest DJs perform, as well as bands and singer-songwriters. The club has two floors and has run a residency programme since 2014 with top international DJs performing in three-month arrangements.
See a creative community at Village Underground
It’s hard to miss the Village Underground, with its distinctive tube carriages, now serving as artist studios. The venue is an avant-garde mix of tube carriages and shipping containers hosting a variety of writers, designers, filmmakers, artists and musicians. There is an adjoining warehouse where you can see everything from art exhibitions to film screenings, so a trip here during your stay at one of the nearby Shoreditch hotels is a must.
Join a street art tour
London’s street art is famous around the world, and Shoreditch has some of the very best, from both established and emerging creatives. The area around Brick Lane is particularly good for street art gems, and by joining a tour this Easter you can discover not only the artworks but the artists and the stories behind their creations. Lots of different companies offer tours, and it’s also possible to take part in a self-guided exploration of the area. Whatever you choose, be sure to take a camera to capture your finds.