For the longest time, the West End was the must place to go to whilst in London. The number of tourist attractions, restaurants, and of course not forgetting the theatres, was a major draw for Londoners and tourists alike. This is not forgetting the buzzing night life of the clubs and bars that make the area as active in the night as it is in the day. However, Shoreditch has been proving very popular in the last few years as people want to escape the monotony and crowds of the West End. Shoreditch is achingly cool and trendy and people want to be part of this exciting buzz.
The bars, pubs and clubs tend to have cheaper entry and drinks than its counterparts in the West End. If the West End is all about the glitz and glamour which arguably overcharges for the experience, Shoreditch embraces the alternative. This simply cannot be recreated elsewhere. Apart from the nightlife, interesting and innovative cafes and restaurants constantly pop up in the area making Shoreditch a new destination for foodies. Trendsetters are inspired by Shoreditch and so many fashionistas will populate this part of London. Overall, people want something different and Shoreditch is inspiring this change. Simply, the West End, and other places in London for that matter, is playing catch up.
What is in Shoreditch?
Bars and Clubs
There are plenty of bars and clubs that are situated within Shoreditch High Street and those visiting the area will be spoilt for choice. For example, the Hoxton Pony is a cocktail bar that offers refreshing and unique cocktails that are expertly mixed. The music policy is eclectic which ensures that there is something for everyone to enjoy. The draw of the club is apparent as several high profile DJs have come to perform include Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris. Like Hoxton Pony, the XOYO club focuses on good music and a fun and lively night out. It usually has international acts and live performances when it doesn’t provide the ultimate soundtrack on the weekend.
There are many unique and interesting restaurants to try in Shoreditch and Tramshed is one of many. Here at the restaurant,customers are served either chicken or steak to share. There are also starters and desserts that change with the seasons. What gives the restaurant some serious trendy points is that it provides a home for Damien Hirst’s famous formaldehyde sculpture of a cow and a cockerel. This is a nod to the chicken and beef dishes on the menu.
If you are looking for some soul food, then you should look no further than The Blues Kitchen. From southern fried chicken to pulled pork, diners can expect the real taste of the Deep South. Alongside the food, diners can expect soul, funk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll music.
Artists and wordsmiths populate the East End, and so culture won’t be hard to come by whilst in Shoreditch. The Village Underground is a venue space that is for the creative and art types in Shoreditch. The space is very multi- purpose as it hosts concerts, live performances, theatre shows as well as the usual exhibitions. The Village Underground is an ever evolving project and it illustrates that Shoreditch is a creative hub.
Fashion and Trends
This list will not be complete without the famous Boxpark that is in Shoreditch. This pop up mall is a mix of fashion and lifestyle brands as well as cafes. This unique mall opened in 2011 and is in fact the world’s first pop up mall. It is made up of shipping containers and it is an eye catching feature in Shoreditch.
This is not the exhaustive lists of the entertainment, culture, arts and restaurants that are in Shoreditch, but it illustrates that Shoreditch may be the new West End.
Those who want to experience Shoreditch need a place to stay. There are plenty of rooms in Shoreditch that travellers can find whilst in the area. M by Montcalm is one hotel that provides stunning rooms and suites with a host of packages that will suit the needs of the traveller. As modernity and technology is important within Shoreditch, it makes sense for the accommodation to reflect its surroundings. For example, the suites have controlled ambient lighting and a digital music library. Staying in comfort is a must but an even better way to relax is to indulge in the Montcalm spa. This spa is designed to offer guests rejuvenating treatments including facials and organic body wraps. The care of the staff, treatments and the quality of products used will ensure that any stresses that guests have will simply melt away.
M by Montcalm Shoreditch is in an excellent location to Old Street station which is only 5 minutes away. This convenience allows guests to go to other parts of London with ease. However, if it is for a night out or a dinner, there is no need, all the entertainment is right here in Shoreditch!