Welcome to the Silicon Valley of the UK – East London Tech City.
In the early 2000s, the creation of this technology cluster aimed to put London on the map when it came to nurturing start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Inspired by the flagship model in California, Shoreditch has become to home some of the world’s biggest and brightest companies.
Exploring East London
Working alongside homegrown start-ups, organisations such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and EE all call Shoreditch home. It is amazing to think that in just a few short years, this corner of London has welcomed some of the top names in technology. The best thing about it all is that the Silicon Roundabout is one of the most hip and happening places around.
This makes it an absolute perfect location to base yourself in when visiting London. There is so much to see and do around this quirky part of the capital and has great connections with the rest of the city whether that be by bus, train or Tube.
Here is our tourist guide to East London Tech City.
Where is East London Tech City?
The epicentre of East London Tech City is situated on the cusp between the City of London and Shoreditch. Just off City Road and close to Old Street railway and Underground station it is within easy reach of public transport links and a number of car parks, should you be driving into the capital.
What’s going on?
Like everything in London, there is always a buzz around the Shoreditch area. Every day of the week, you will find something interesting going on whether that is a concert, art exhibition, play or movie screening. It will no doubt be a hive of activity when you arrive in the capital, so what is going on?
Here are our recommendations that are within walking distance from your hotel.
Angel Canal Festival – City Road Basin, Islington (September 6th)
Breakin’ Convention – Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue (May 1st to 4th)
English National Ballet: Lest We Forget – Sadler’s Wells Theatre (September 8th to 12th)
Los Carpinteros – Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road (March 25th to May 24th)
Dave McCabe – Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street (May 20th)
The Verb, ‘To Love’ – The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street (April 28th to May 23rd)
Anti-Nowhere League – O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Islington (October 17th)
Where to visit
Shoreditch, Islington and the nearby City of London has much to offer in the way of attractions. Whether you are hopping on the Tube or just having a leisurely stroll around, there is plenty to see and do around the area. You don’t even have to go that far when it comes to seeing the best attractions London has to offer.
Here are our recommendations for attractions close to East London Tech City.
20 Hoxton Square – 20 Hoxton Square, Hoxton
Limoncello – 340-344 Kingsland Road, Hackney
Geffrye Museum – 136 Kingsland Road, Hackney
StART Space – 150 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets
Former Shoreditch Underground Station – Pedley Street, off Brick Lane
Broadgate Ice Rink – Exchange House, 12 Primrose Street (seasonal attraction)
Hackney City Farm – 1 Goldsmiths Row, Hackney
Brick Lane – Brick Lane, Spitalfields
Host Gallery – 1 Honduras Street, City of London
Barbican Centre – Silk Street, City of London
The Gherkin – 30 St Mary Axe, City of London
Bank of England Museum – Bartholomew Lane, City of London
Museum of London – 150 London Wall, City of London
Staying near East London Tech City
When it comes to choosing a hotel in the area there is no better option than the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City. Situated on City Road it is within a short walk of Old Street Underground station is right on the cusp Shoreditch so you are never too far away from all the attraction previously listed.
This luxury five-star hotel has everything that a holidaymaker could need when visiting the English capital. Both stylish and contemporary, all rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art LCD TVs while free Wi-Fi is afforded to guests throughout the hotel.
Be warned though, the M by Montcalm is a hugely popular destination so make sure to book up well in advance to snap up your place.
Getting to and from East London Tech City
East London Tech City is well connected when it comes to public transport and the easiest and simplest way to arrive is by Tube. Old Street Underground station serves the area and is around a two-minute walk from the site.