East London is one of the hottest areas in the city, whether it comes to music, food, going for a drink, renting or buying an apartment, or even setting up a digital business.
This area of the Big Smoke is thriving thanks to the injection of lots of investment and a smidge of creativity from some kooky minds. There’s a lot to be said for the different regions, including Hoxton, Shoreditch, Hackney and Whitechapel, and there is even more for you to discover and enjoy when you’re on holiday.
It’s in east London that you’re most likely to find everyday creative Londoners who go about their business, working, socialising and buying their groceries from independent markets. To come here is to see an area of a big city that champions digital startups and originality over chain stores and the high street.
Now that you’ve got an essence of what to expect, we’ve drummed up a list of several things that you have to do when you visit East London.
Free things to do
The lesser known V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green acts as a companion attraction to its more famous sibling based in South Kensington. Although it might not be on your radar, it’s a great day out for both children and adults, with exhibitions ranging from board games to arcade games.
If you’re an art fan, you’re in the right place, as Shoreditch High Street affords free luxuries to the public at the Rich Mix creative centre. This is where you’ll find different media that will shock, awe and delight you.
You can never underestimate the enjoyment of walking around any part of London as a great way to pass the time freely, but even so, you will particularly appreciate exploring this artistic hub of the city that is home to fascinating architecture and impressive street art.
Although the main theatre district in London is found by Leicester Square, this isn’t the only place to see talented actors treading the boards. In fact, the East of the city prides itself on showcasing some of the most original and up-and-coming work on offer.
Two places that stand out in Hackney include The Yard and the Hackney Showroom, both of which are close to M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, a particularly modern and well-located hotel in the area.
To get from the hotel to The Yard, take the 76 bus from Moorfields Eye Hospital (Stop A) to Dalston Kingsland Station (Stop P). From there, walk into the Dalston Kingsland Overground and take it towards Stratford to Hackney Wick for six minutes. The whole journey will take you half an hour, but we recommend stopping in Dalston or Hackney for dinner first! For the Hackney Showroom, leave from the same bus stop on the 73 bus heading to Tottenham Hale Bus Station and ride it to Amhurst Road (Stop P) and you’ll be there in 34 minutes flat.
For those of you who are fond of a bargain – and who among us isn’t? – East London is cherished for its mixture of markets that come in all shapes, sizes and offer everything under the sun.
Columbia Road Flower Market is perfect for you if you have a green thumb or simply appreciate beautiful flowers and plants. It’s sure to brighten your day, particularly if it’s rainy outside.
However, it’s Brick Lane that absolutely shouldn’t be missed, and although the best day to visit is on Sunday, the market is open every day. Sunday is the favourite because the streets are brimming over with people selling second-hand treasures, and street performers only add to the vibrant atmosphere.
Noisy, artistic, fashionable and bizarre, you’ll find everything here from a second-hand armchair to the most authentic Bangladeshi curry houses you’ll find in London. Brick Lane is to be discovered; it’s a mini adventure inside a city that is already as vibrant as a techni-colour film.
To get to Brick Lane from the hotel, walk three minutes to Old Street Bus Stop (Stand B) and take the 135 bus towards Crossharbour to Commercial Street/Worship Street (Stop D). From here, it’s an eight-minute walk to the market – you can’t miss it! Alternatively and if it’s a nice day, the market is just 21 minutes walk from the hotel.
If you need directions during your stay, any of our staff will be happy to help you. For more information on M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, contact us now.