Old Street station is the gateway to London’s East End placing you between the corporate City and the trendy and quirky Shoreditch.
Other the years, Shoreditch has blossomed and become home to a range of boutique cafes and restaurants, vintage clothing shops and a wide variety of bars and clubs. At the one end there is the East End while stroll down City Road and you will come to Islington and all the delights offered by North London.
Basing yourself around Old Street gives you plenty of options both during the day and night. The station is hugely well connected making a journey to any part of the capital fairly simple and straightforward. It houses both Underground and National Rail services while buses stop outside the station taking you wherever you would like to voyage to.
Here is a guide to everything you need to know about travelling to and from Old Street.
Old Street was first opened in November 1901 by the City & South London Railway and linked Moorgate to Angel. It has undergone significant renovation over the years with the latest coming in 2013 as the station was revamped to compliment the nearby East London Tech City development.
The Underground part of the station sits on the Northern line serving key locations such as King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, Camden, Kentish Town, Finsbury Park and Islington before going all the way to High Barnet and Bushey Heath.
Alongside the Tubes there is also a National Rail route with Great Northern’s Northern City Line stopping at Old Street from Monday to Friday. It serves the likes of Moorgate and Finsbury Park.
Old Street remains a fairly busy station due to its location. Accessible for the likes of City Road, Shoreditch, East London Tech City and a number of other attractions and it sees a swathe of commuters every day. On average around 22 million use this Underground station with a further 1.3 million people using the National Rail services.
Shopping around Old Street
In keeping with the surrounding areas, the shops around Old Street are very much detached from the usual high street chains. Here you will see a range of boutiques selling vintage clothing or highly bespoke goods that can only can be found here. It means that it can be the perfect place to find a gift unique to your trip to London.
Here are a few nearby shops
Bookartbookshop (17 Pitfield Street, Hoxton) – quirky bookshop specialising in artists’ tomes.
KK Outlet (42 Hoxton Square, Hoxton) – hip and happening shop and gallery boasting some top brands such as Diesel, Absolut and MTV Japan
Kemistry Gallery (43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch) – a gallery featuring some of the best graphic design around.
The MOO Shop (Unit 27, BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road) – a personalised cards and stationery shop specialising in online prints.
Old Spitalfields Market (1 Crispin Place, Spitalfields) – the quintessential London market complete with modern shops and restaurants
Where to stay around Old Street?
When looking for a place to stay around Old Street, there is no better option than the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City. Only a short stroll from the Underground and rail stations this offers a level of luxury and comfort afforded to a five-star hotel of this ilk.
All bedrooms are complete with LCD TV screens and free Wi-Fi throughout. Its location means you are just within a short walk of both Shoreditch and Islington. There are simply not many better hotels in the area.
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is also an ideal venue if you holding a conference or corporate event. The hotel boasts superb facilities and can cater to your clients’ every need.
Parking near Old Street
Despite the excellent public transport links Old Street is still accessible by car. If you are driving into the area here are the places you need to know for parking. Beware, however, as some car parks can be very pricey so do your research before setting off.
City Road Car Park (City Road) – turn out of Old Street Underground station and simply carry on along City Road and the car park is on the right.
Easy Car Parks (62 Paul Street) – slightly further away on Paul Street, it is only a relatively short distance from Old Street station.
What to see around Old Street
Below are a few places around Old Street that are well worth a visit.
Rivington Place (Rivington Place, Shoreditch, EC2A)
Iniva (8-9 Rivington Place, Shoreditch, EC2A)
20 Hoxton Square (20 Hoxton Square)
Geffrye Museum (136 Kingsland Road, Hackney)
Broadgate Ice Rink (Exchange House, 12 Primrose Street) – seasonal attraction
Hackney City Farm (1 Goldsmiths Row, Hackney)
Barbican Centre (Silk Street, City of London)
Whitechapel Gallery (77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, E1)
The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe, City of London)