Spring has arrived & so has the fairer weather (albeit unpredictable at times, but of course, “that’s the British weather for you”), so why not make the most of the Spring sunshine & explore London’s hidden gems?
You can never underestimate the enjoyment of walking around the City. Particularly Shoreditch, the district we call home here at M by Montcalm and a superb place to begin your exploration. A fantastic tourist-friendly area off the beaten track, it boasts bustling, creative clamour and it is most certainly draped in history. With countless walking tours to enjoy, world class museums and art galleries you won’t be disappointed.
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You can find some of the most wonderful vintage retailers on our doorstep. Shoreditch is the perfect spot for one-of-a-kind pieces, independent boutiques and vintage shops, including the internationally famous ‘Atika’ which is one of the largest vintage shops in Europe.
Be sure to explore the vintage scene whilst you are staying with us at M by Montcalm, check out our favourite hot spots here: https://www.mbymontcalm.co.uk/blog/vintage-hotspots-shoreditch-need-know/
For contemporary designers make your way to Redchurch Street (about a 15 minute walk from M by Montcalm). Visit Le Labo, for a truly divine make your own perfume experience and encounter both conceptual design and up coming designers at Monologue London, a store with strikingly individual pieces and a moodboard-like layout. Although a quaint space, you could get lost for hours in its beauty, from furniture to lighting to homeware all of it invites close inspection.
Brick Lane – Street Art
You can’t visit the City, let alone Shoreditch without exploring the well-known ‘Brick Lane’. Boasting an array of eye-popping street art, vintage finds and cutting edge designers, this vibrant area is truly mesmerising and just a 20 minute walk from M by Montcalm.
Described as the epicentre of street art in London, Brick Lane attracts artists from across the world and the UK. They paint, safe in the knowledge that they will get an appreciative audience and a broad appeal.
The best way to see Brick Lane’s street art in all its glory and to fully understand it, we would highly recommend that you book yourself onto a ‘street art tour’ to truly experience the visual delights of Shoreditch’s amazing colourful street art from Banksy to the most humble sticker artist. Tours typically take around 3 hours.
If you would like to ‘go it alone’ we recommend walking up to Shoreditch from Brick Lane to take in some of the area’s most impressive and creative murals, with Redchurch Street and Shoreditch Triangle boasting the best of the bunch.
Brick Lane – Art Galleries
Shoreditch has earned the title as the hippest place in London to find emerging creative talent, therefore we highly recommend taking a stroll around some of the impressive galleries whilst you are staying with us.
Visit Kate McGarry, for a real contemporary experience. This beautiful art gallery that has been at the forefront of budding talent since its opening. It represents a number of incredible international artists including acclaimed video artist Ben Rivers. The gallery is a clever concoction of some of the most interesting modern pieces, that you have to experience for yourselves!
Also give Leonard Street Gallery a visit. It is designed as a multi media contemporary art space, focusing on talented young artists, offering Londoners the chance to experience a range of artistic mediums.
Brick Lane – Market
Brick Lane Market absolutely shouldn’t be missed! It is open everyday, however the best day to visit is a Sunday, the streets are alive with buyers, sellers and street performers, giving it a real vibrant atmosphere. It really is one of a kind. On a nice day, the market is just a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
Hackney museum is a delightful Gem, just a short 20 minute taxi journey from M by Montcalm, it provides you with an insight into the diverse and changing history through a range of mediums. Personal stories, objects and images make this museum a wonderfully interesting visit.
For those with an open mind, delve into still life drama by visiting the eerily fascinating Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street. Created by the previous owner Dennis Severs, it is a ”historical imagination” of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. Guests are invites to explore in total silence or by fire or candlelight, adding to that wonderful eeriness! Smells, sounds and sensations are aplenty, allowing you to piece together every scene. It is remarkable.
If you need directions during your stay, any of our staff will be happy to help you. For more information on M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, contact us now.