Paul Street – One of London’s hidden gems

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Paul Street is not one of the best-known streets in London. In fact, it is not even one of the best-known streets in Shoreditch.

When people think of this area, which is synonymous with organic cafes, modern art galleries and trendy fashion stores, Shoreditch High Street, Old Street and Kingsland Road are the types of places that will most often come to mind.

But as with any major city in the world, there will always be locations off the beaten track that retain a level of authenticity that means they are well worth a visit – provided you can find out about them, that is!

Paul Street certainly falls into this category, as the location – which runs off Leonard Street – has a wealth of activities to keep people entertained.

Shopping

As with almost any street in London, Paul Street offers a number of great shops where people can pick up any number of unique items.

  • Bonsoni – A brilliant home furniture shop that offers a number of elegant pieces to add some lustre to your property.
  • ChattyFeet – This shop stocks all manner of funky and colourful socks that are perfect for the extrovert.
  • Crooks & Castles | Threads Addiction – Men’s clothes shop that has plenty of unique designs to make sure you stand out from your friends.
  • London Antiques and Collectibles – Houses a range of antiques and rare household items to give your house a distinctive feel.
  • Sweet Joseph – London florist that stocks a bouquet for every occasion.

Food and drink

London is respected the world over for the quality of its restaurants, as it boasts some of the finest eateries on the planet. However, not everyone will want to eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant every night, so Paul Street is ideal for those who want a great meal at an even better price, or to just have a casual drink with friends.

  • The Princess of Shoreditch – This establishment offers traditional British fare with a modern twist. The two-floor pub-restaurant has been revamped to a very high quality and offers a nice relaxed ambience.
  • Bel-Air Food – This California-themed spot is ideal for gourmet, health-oriented breakfasts, salads and sandwiches. Among its specialities are the crab cakes.
  • Silvio’s – This chain serves a selection of sandwiches, snacks and beverages to take away. It also stocks a range of milkshakes and there is an emphasis on producing healthy fare.
  • The Fox – This gastro pub is known for its adventurous menu and relaxed setting, which makes it the ideal location for people looking to grab a quick bit of lunch or a drink.
  • Blueberry – This funky cocktail bar is decorated with vintage furnishings and revolving artworks. It is known for its theme nights and for stocking 30 different types of tea. The bar also has several table tennis tables.
  • Whistling Shop – This low-lit, bare-brick, cellar bar has a speakeasy feel that captures 1920s America. This quirky establishment is on the corner of Paul Street and Worship Street.

Nearby tube stations

  • Old Street (0.3 miles) – Head south towards Old Street and exit the roundabout on to City Road. Next, turn left on to Leonard Street and then turn right on to Paul Street. This walk will take about six minutes.
  • Liverpool Street (0.4 miles) – Head northwest on Earl Street towards Appold Street. Turn right on to Wilson Street and then continue on to Paul Street. This walk will take about seven minutes.
  • Moorgate (0.6 miles) – Head north on Moorgate towards London Wall. Next, turn right on London Wall and then turn right on to Finsbury Square. Finally, turn left on to Wilson Street and continue on to Paul Street. This walk will take about 12 minutes.

Nearby sights and attractions

  • The Old Truman Brewery (91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1)
  • Bishopsgate Institute (230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M)
  • ClueQuest (11 Plough Yard, London EC2A)
  • Rich Mix Centre (35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1)
  • Comedy Cafe (66-68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A)
  • Heroes Grotto of Comedy (27 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N)
  • Bookartbookshop (17 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London N1)
  • KK Outlet (42 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 6PB)
  • Kemistry Gallery (43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A)
  • The MOO Shop (Unit 27, BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY)
  • Old Spitalfields Market (1 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London E1 6DW)
  • Iniva (8-9 Rivington Place, Shoreditch, London EC2A)
  • Geffrye Museum (136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 8EA)