Shoreditch is one of London’s most distinctive areas, as it has combined a series of cultures and backgrounds to create a truly vibrant community.
At the hub of this is Shoreditch High Street, which is located close to both Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, and provides a perfect base for visitors looking to check out trendy bars, authentic restaurants and sophisticated hotels.
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The street used to be the main thoroughfare for the area before Shoreditch exploded in popularity, but it still connects Norton Folgate to the south, and the Kingsland Road to the north.
Urban Food Fest
One of the standout events taking place in Shoreditch High Street is the Urban Food Fest. Held every Saturday night at the Euro Car Parks, it features an array of the country’s best street food. Labelled by the Evening Standard as “an extravaganza” and by Elle as “unmissable”, weekend visitors will be disappointed if they do not take the chance to sample the unique environment.
Entrance is free and the street festival is open from 3 pm to midnight. There are 15 different trucks and stalls at the event, with the gourmet street food perfectly complemented by a range of specialty bars serving craft beers, cocktails and international wines. There is also live music and plenty of seating, all of which helps to make for a fantastic atmosphere.
Situated at the Old Petrol Station on 168 Shoreditch High Street, Pump Shoreditch is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm and features traders such as Tacotilian, Bagel Bros, Pizza Rossa and Hix Fish Dogs. Organisers promise a “stellar line up of food, live music and art”, while there will also be an eclectic mix of samples for people to enjoy. This pop-up venue could be a real hidden treasure.
If trendy boutiques and vintage shops are your thing, the nearby Redchurch Street is perfect. It used to be a shabby and uninspiring space, but now it is home to some of the most original street art in London. Independent designers Ally Capellino, Luna & Curious, Aida and Junky offer truly unique creations, and this has helped Shoreditch to develop a reputation for designer boutiques, indie labels and quirky gift shops that can match any other part of London.
Shoreditch High Street is well served in terms of bars and nightlife, meaning it is an ideal location for a few drinks. Among the best bars are:
Bar Kick – A sports fan’s paradise, it is decorated in flags and memorabilia, while it shows live football games on a big screen. There is also table football for people looking to unwind.
Barrios East – This Brazilian-inspired cocktail bar serves an array of beers and tapas-style food. At the weekends there is a live DJ who plays until late into the night.
Juno – This large venue has a lot of graffiti-style artwork, giving it a very unique feel. It has a comprehensive snack menu, while there is also a gallery space where budding artists can showcase their creations.
The Crow and Shuttle – This bar features exposed brickwork and has a hip decor that is complemented by mismatched chairs. There is a food truck in the garden, while it also has a large selection of craft beers.
The Drunken Monkey – Offering a unique Kung Fu kitsch setting, this bar/restaurant is known for its great cocktails and Dim Sum. Expect all of the classic Chinese cuisine, including wontons, spring rolls, tofu and prawns.
- Old Street Tube station (eight-minutes walk)
- Liverpool Street Tube station (11-minutes walk)
- Shoreditch High Street overground (one-minute walk)
- Hoxton overground (11-minutes walk)
- Great Eastern NCP (two-minutes walk)
- Leonard Street (three-minutes walk)