Bethnal Green and Kingsland Road provide a window on a particularly hip world, with a number of London venues designed with providing new and forward-thinking experiences. Here’s our round-up of seven you shouldn’t miss…
1. Boxpark Shoreditch
A trip to Boxpark is a little like entering another world. It is part shopping complex, part art installation and the innovation of the building itself is reflected in the quirky brands selling their wares inside.
Boxpark has a number of different locations throughout the city, but this one is a major favourite for those inclined towards trends and the unusual. You’ll be amazed at how much can be displayed within the small rooms of Boxpark, and in addition to opportunities to buy new clothes, accessories and quirky homewares, you can even stop here for a haircut or to indulge your love of gaming. As one of the hippest parts of the city, this is a must-see for cool visitors to our hotels near Shoreditch.
2. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
This delightful space is both hip and cosy, and offers the perfect way to grab a quick cup of tea in the company of a few resident feline friends. One of the only cat cafes in the city which takes its cue from the cult cafes of Japan, it goes without saying this is one reserved for animal lovers only visiting hotels near Shoreditch.
3. Bethnal Green Gardens
As with so much of London, Bethnal Green Gardens is unexpected in an urban metropolis like England’s capital. However, it’s a beautiful and peaceful park, perfect for playing a quick game of tennis, basketball or football, or simply relaxing in nature on an outing from your room at hotel in Shoreditch London. It’s also home to the only war memorial in the district, titled the Stairway to Heaven.
4. Working Men’s Club
If it’s nightlife you are looking for, then Bethnal Green has you covered. This is the main centrepiece of a night out in the area – the Working Men’s Club is a cabaret, concert and open mic venue with lavish décor and a great atmosphere. If you want to see a show then make sure you grab your tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out fast.
5. Spitalfields City Farm
You don’t expect a farm in the middle of the city, but this is exactly what Spitalfields City Farm provides. There are vegetables on sale in the farm shop, and local animals to meet and feed. You can even opt to volunteer if you feel like really getting into the farming spirit for the day.
6. The Grocery
Located on Kingsland Road, The Grocery takes a rustic approach to food shopping, providing a chance to stock up on healthy fare, great pampering products and delightful produce in welcoming, trendy surroundings.
7. Columbia Road Flower Market
One of the most unique spots in the city, Columbia Road Flower Market is the ideal place to indulge your love of flowers. It’s also the place to go if you feel like picking up everything from a bouquet to an entire tree. With plenty to see and photograph, you should definitely add a trip to your itinerary.