East London might be infamously cool, but it isn’t just for the younger crowd – in fact, there’s an incredible variety of things to experience and enjoy all over this part of the city. For guests staying in the M Shoreditch Hotel, they can enjoy being in the heart of the action and find a brilliant diversity of things to enjoy, just a short distance away.
Read on to find out some of the best spots to explore and relax in, when you’re an over-40 person visiting London.
Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea
Afternoon tea might be a pretty classic British tradition, but it can also be a fun and lively way to enjoy some delicious snacks and drinks in great company when you’re in the city. You’ll find some fantastic spots for afternoon tea Shoreditch, with all your favourites on the menu, including the daintiest finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, thick clotted cream and an extensive tea menu.
For something with a quirkier twist, head to the country’s longest-running cat café – Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Perfect for cat lovers, the charming café offers up a delicious range of High Tea options, catering to all preferences with vegan and gluten-free choices in the mix. Best of all, your sweet macarons, cupcakes and bite-size sandwiches will all be served up alongside some of the cutest cats around.
Discover the city’s wonderful markets
When you’re staying in east London, you’re only a stone’s throw away from some of the most surprising and vibrant markets in the city. Whether you’re after a vintage gem or want to hunt a bargain, you’re likely to find much more than you ever expected.
If you’re staying over the weekend, you have some incredible markets to choose from.
Brick Lane Market is one of the city’s most diverse and exciting, featuring vintage clothes and accessories stalls, where you’ll find a one of a kind handbag or outfit for a special occasion, as well as plenty of fun and quirky treats that make great gifts to take back. You’ll also be tempted by the huge array of mouth-watering food, with delicious, international cuisine on offer.
But if plants are your thing, then you won’t want to miss out on the colourful extravaganza at the Columbia Road Flower Market. This long-standing market can be found close by, near Bethnal Green Station, and you’ll find yourself immersed in flowers and plants of all kinds and colours. It’s hard to come away with just a simple bouquet, though, so be prepared for some serious temptation.
Indulge in some self-care
When you’re in need of some intense rest and recuperation, skip the hectic pace of the city, and instead, indulge in some in-depth relaxation. The Beauty & Melody Spa at M by Montcalm is a great place to soak up some calm and quiet, served up by expert therapists to massage you into serenity. Choose from relaxing skin and facial treatments to calm your nerves, or high impact treatments to help you look and feel your best.
For those who really need to escape the noise and chaos of the city, you’ll find the perfect place to get away from it all, not far from the M Shoreditch Hotel.
Head to the Float Hub, for a float therapy session, where you can float in stillness and calm in a soothing pod filled with Epsom salts. Float therapy has been renowned for its sleep-enhancing and mood-boosting qualities, with a session promising the equivalent to a restful night’s sleep. It’s the ideal way to feel like yourself again, especially if you’ve had some busy days in London.
Treat yourself to some retail therapy
Whatever your age, a spot of retail therapy is always tempting, but if you’re not impressed with the youth-centred offering on the High Street, it can often feel like a far less enjoyable experience.
Luckily, London has plenty of innovative and exciting independent designers that provide wearable, premium wardrobe selections for men and women. Explore the variety of stylish boutiques around the nearby Spitalfields Market, where you’ll find everything from stylish workwear, to casual outfits that feel fun and comfortable. There are also some great accessory and jewellery designers to check out – lookout for the smaller stalls inside the market for some unique treasures.
Check out the delicious food and drink on offer
While once upon a time, comforting junk food might have sufficed, chances are that as an over-40, you’ve developed a slightly more refined palate. With plenty of delicious food to discover in London, it’s hard not to indulge in some of the tempting treats on offer, so let yourself enjoy a foodie treasure hunt around the city.
East London boasts some great restaurants and cafés, catering for every taste. For serious chocoholics, head to Dark Sugars on Brick Lane, where you’ll find literal mountains of gourmet-crafted chocolate in a variety of mouth-watering flavours. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in their heavenly signature hot chocolate, made with heaps of chocolate shards.
You’ll also find plenty of slick dining spots around this part of London, from swanky rooftop restaurants where dinner is served up with a view, to secretive pop-up clubs serving up cutting edge fare.
Learn something new
Lastly, if you need some mental stimulation to round off your trip to London, there is plenty to choose from. The city has some of the most illustrious museums and galleries in the country, with incredible art and cultural collections to inspire your creative side, or leave you feeling awestruck by the natural wonders of the world.
You’ll also find some fun and exciting workshops where you can get a little more hands-on, meet new people, and even learn a new skill. From learning to cook a special dish to trying a fun take on life drawing, the city has plenty to offer, to help you challenge yourself and discover something new.