Old Street, Shoreditch is a street in the London borough of Islington in Central and East London. It runs west to east from Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, to the crossroads where it meets Shoreditch High Street (south), Kingsland Road (north) and Hackney Road (east) in Shoreditch which is in the London Borough of Hackney. The eastern part of the road forms part of the boundary of the London congestion charge zone as it is on the London inner Ring Road.
Old Street station is located under Old Street roundabout which is the junction with City Road. It is also on the National Rail Northern City Line. The nearest London Underground station is Old Street on the Northern Line. There is a thriving night life in Old Street and the surrounding areas of Hoxton Square and Great Eastern Street. The area of Old Street is a popular place where notable graffiti artists such as Banksy and Jef Aérosol operate. Several pieces of Banksy are featured on “Shoreditch Bridge”. A large number of IT companies and start-ups have been set up in the eastern end of the street due to which the place is now dubbed Silicon Roundabout.
Many people feel that Shoreditch is well past its prime and that its trendy image has found new quarters but a visit to Brick Lane Market will quickly dispel this image as it is full of ramshackle bars and independent shops and well-decorated hordes keep returning to the triangle formed by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street. The area has grown in affluence but it still maintains its original look and feel as even today many of its walls and shop fronts have graffiti all over them. Many people wish to live in the past and find that the grime is reminiscent of the past appeal of the place. However, others who are looking for big gardens and posh schools need to go to Muswell Hill.
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Old Street, Shoreditch has a lot of shopping options but the most important is the nearby Brick Lane Market, which in itself is an attraction that draws visitors and residents of the city. There is a plethora of markets in and around East End. This market offers all sorts of diverse items that include tools, household goods and bargain fruit and vegetables sold by the bowl. Brick Lane is also home to many vendors who do not have a stall but display their products set up on blankets on the sides of the lane. These products include dodgy old videos, broken dolls and CD players among many other such items.
Proceeding to Backyard market, which operates from a warehouse building opposite Dray Walk, you can find accessories designers and traders with indie clothes. In the summer, the building hosts many festivals in the areas of food and arts. The other market in the area is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery where there are many vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers and hordes of old vinyl where a mix of students, locals and attention seekers can always be found looking for items that might interest them. The place also has artisan food stalls that provide a variety of food and drinks such as dainty cupcakes, rich Ethiopian Coffee, Japanese yakisoba, tapas and dim sum. Lounging areas are also available in many of the stalls.
The area around Old Street, Shoreditch is also home to Old Spitalfields Market that has been refurbished along with an adjacent modern shopping area. There are a lot of eating/dining options in the area including Leon, Canteen, Giraffe, The Real Greek, and other chain restaurants. Many stallholders also sell food alongside these big names. The market offers creations by up-and-coming designers, vintage clobber, crafts, jewellery, books, sheepskin rugs and Brazilian flip flops.
Since Old Street, Shoreditch offers a lot of attractions and has a lot of shopping opportunities many visitors prefer to stay in hotels in this area. One of the most convenient, comfortable and affordable hotels in this area is M by Montcalm Hotel near Old Street. The other hotels in this area include Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, Rez Apartments London, and 196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments and many others. Shoreditch is also famous for hosting many events throughout the year and these include Roni Size Reprazent, Claque along with many others.
There is no dearth of entertainment in the Shoreditch area but the main options are Aubin Cinema, Rich Mix Centre, Rich Mix Cinema and others. The main tourist attractions near Shoreditch include Dennis Severs’ House, Christ Church Spitalfields, Raven Row and others. For shopping, guests at M by Montcalm Hotel near Old Street can visit the various places mentioned above and also Timothy Everest, Rough Trade East, Labour and Wait and many other places.
There are a lot of eating joints in the area of Shoreditch, both as in-house restaurants in the various hotels and as stand-alone units. These include Hawksmoor Spitalfields, The Drunken Monkey, Les Trois Garcons and other restaurants. The important pubs in the area include The Bricklayers Arms, The Fox, The Princess of Shoreditch and many more. For exotic nightlife activities, visitors or residents of this area can visit T Bar, The Vibe Bar, The Queen of Hoxton and other such places. For leisure activities, the area offers All Star Lanes, Brick Lane, Teamworks Karting and Energy Clinique.
Education options in Shoreditch include Workers’ Educational Institution, The Making Space, TBG Learning and others. Shoreditch also offers many meeting venues that include Christ Church Spitalfields, Shoreditch Town Hall and Loungelover.
Brick Lane Beigel Bake is where most visitors go for delicious moist salt beef, carved as you wait from a slab kept warm in the front window, or the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, or the bagels (boiled before being baked). The place also offers New York-style cheesecake or a super-sweet almond slice if you wish.