Looking for some fresh inspiration for your Instagram feed in one of London’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods? Then East London’s Shoreditch is the place for you to stay.
Come armed with your iPhone poised and ready for a visual feast of art, design, fashion and floral inspiration to brighten up your social feed. For all the fashionistas out there, these spots might even inspire you to adopt a cool and eclectic street style during your time in the city.
What’s more, if you’re staying at the M Montcalm Shoreditch, all the sights are within walking distance (and might even be visible from your room’s window!), so you’re never far from your next photo opportunity.
Of course, M by Montcalm in Shoreditch has its own photogenic facilities, from the Versace décor in the hotel’s spa to the too-pretty-to-eat dishes being served up at Plate Restaurant. Don’t believe us? Check out our Instagram feed, follow us @m_by_montcalm and feast your eyes on plush furnishings, fruity cocktails, and seasonal blooms.
With all of that being said – here are our top 10 more Instagrammable spots in Shoreditch.
1. Street art on Redchurch Street and Rivington Street
If you’re on the hunt for some sweet street art scenes, a cacophony of colourful murals and even a slice of that little-known (wink, wink) artist Banksy, then you can’t miss a visit to Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street, and nearby Rivington Street.
Aside from a splattering of quirky boutique stores and cool coffee shops, you’ll find an array of vibrant and thought-provoking pieces depicting animals, rock stars, politicians and other scenes – sure to liven up your feed and get people talking. Around the back of Cargo Club, you’ll even find Banksy’s ‘designated graffiti area’ – an obvious must-visit.
2. Not Another Salon exterior
This uber-cool London hair salon ran by Sophia Hilton has achieved icon status over the last couple of years due to its next level funky, in-your-face design, incredible hair colour transformations and refreshing ‘no-judgement’ policy. Exploding with personality both inside and out, you can’t really take a stroll along Brick Lane and NOT want to take a snap outside.
Go and see for yourself!
3. Brick Lane Vintage Market / Sunday Upmarket
Aside from being a great spot for hipster-watching and street style snapping, Brick Lane’s vintage markets are second to none.
Packed to the rafters with vintage clothing and accessories from the 1920s onwards, expect to see glamorous fur coats, beaded dresses, men’s suits, record players and more – all available to try or buy. A top spot for street style and fashion aficionados, it offers heaps of inspiration at every turn.
4. Box Park
This creative, quirkily built pop-up mall meets street food market in the middle of Shoreditch is hard to miss – made from giant steel shipping containers.
Just a stone’s throw from many Shoreditch bars and restaurants and boutique hotels, inside you’ll find mini stores representing independent and established fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands selling all manner of wares. Meanwhile, the upper level offers an array of food and drink options from various street food companies. Throughout the year, it holds various promotions and events so there’s always something fun going on.
Needless to say, this is a cool local spot to feature on your insta.
5. Columbia Road Flower Market
If you really want to show off, head on down to Columbia Road flower market on a weekend and witness an incredible offering of flowers and foliage, as well as unique homeware shops, art galleries and old English pubs. Not too far from M Montcalm Shoreditch, it makes for a glorious way to spend a Sunday morning, with the colours and scents of exotic plants and flowers permeating the air, and numerous opportunities for pictures. A real Instagram favourite.
6. Street Feast/Dinerama
Foodie lovers rejoice!
Of the many Shoreditch bars and restaurants, Dinerama is one of the best and is real treat for both the eyes and the belly. This ex-truck yard turned global street food market offers a range of dishes across a multitude of cuisines, all housed in a cool and colourful space spread over two floors. Foodie ‘grammers can enjoy snapping (and eating) everything from juicy tacos and burgers to squid and pasta.
7. Chance Street
Another not-so-secret street art paradise sits just a two-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station. Chance Street is an all-out rainbow of ultra-vibrant murals and quirky street art covering most of the buildings that line the road. It’s undoubtedly a must-visit spot if you’re looking to add some serious colour to your Instagram.
8. Palm Vaults Café
If you’ve not been, chances are you may have heard of it – as Palm Vaults is THE Insta influencer café du jour, attracting cool kids from all over thanks to its dreamy powder pink and green interiors.
Settle down for a flat white and a slice of cake and snap away at cute plant pots, pastel pink sofas, exposed brick walls and quirky artwork.
9. Lounge Bohemia
Swing it back to the 1960s at this super stylish, Czech-influenced bar.
Hidden behind a Turkish kebab shop just off Shoreditch High Street, this retro speakeasy features kitschy lamps, dim lighting and sofas that wouldn’t look out of place in your nan’s living room. Enjoy the experimental cocktails (another Insta delight, served in items like pipes, test tubes and lightbulbs) and relish in the smugness when all your friends ask where you went.
10. The Brick Lane Gallery
If you’re a culture vulture with an eye for great art, why not head down to the Brick Lane Gallery, within walking distance of your boutique hotel in Shoreditch.
Focused on showcasing up-and-coming as well as mid-career artists, past shows include Banksy, Wolfgang Tillmans and Bob and Roberta Smith. Expect to see an array of fresh contemporary art pieces spanning painting, sculpture, photography and video, perfect for giving your Instagram that arty edge.