Due to its size, London can seem like an overwhelming place to visit. From all the attractions, restaurants, bars, theatres and even places to stay, it’s hard to know where to begin when you’re planning a trip to the Big Smoke.
Luckily, M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel is the perfect place for London weekend breaks in the east of the city, whether you’re visiting for business on taking a romantic holiday. Our rooms are not only comfortable but they’re also great working spaces, and our spa is sure to be a hit whether you want to hit the weights or have a massage.
However, there is more to east London than its accommodation, as this has become a completely gentrified area, with some of the trendiest places to go, including Shoreditch, Hackney and Dalston.
We’ve pulled together a list of the top eight things that make east London great to visit and hope you’ll take the time to do them all!
1. The shops
East London is far from the usual designer shops that you’ll see in Oxford Circus and Mayfair, instead you can browse your way through shops with vintage clothes and boutiques that are owned by up-and-coming designers on the market.
2. Street art
This part of London is famous for its ever-changing street art that decorates the walls and tells a story about the artists who live and visit here.
Although you can enjoy the graffiti on your own, you can also take part in a walking street art tour to find out about the background of the people who make this area so special.
3. Broadway Market
There are lots of markets for you to see around this part of the city but Broadway Market is on once a week on Saturday at the foot of London Fields park.
It boasts more than 100 stalls and shops that mostly sell food from all over the world but there are some bookstores and vintage clothes shops too.
4. Sunday Markets
What’s better than a market on a Saturday? Visiting a couple more on a Sunday! On this most relaxing day of the week, it’s Brick Lane that you have to go to for vintage clothes, used records and much, much more.
5. Food trucks
Street markets aren’t the only place for you to get some interesting food, as there are food trucks and pop-up restaurants around the east of London all the time.
Most set up during the week on Dray Walk Street, which is just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch, or head to Palm 2 in Clapton, which is home to pop-up restaurants every weekend.
6. London Fields
This is the only place you need to go to when you’re in London in the summer – it’s perfect for picnics, playing music and just passing the time of day.
7. Wilton Way
While you’re at London Fields, head on over to Wilton Way, which is great if you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track and free from tourists.
You’ll find lots of great shops with local flavour and we recommend you head to Wilton Way Cafe, a great independent coffee shop.
One of the best things about the east of London is that you can spend the whole day enjoying different activities from breakfast to partying into the wee hours of the next morning..
Enjoy everything from cosy pubs, to trendy bars and from live music venues to raging nightclubs – the east has it all.