Shoreditch is one of the most fashionable, quirky and tech-savvy areas in London because there are lots of great boutiques, art galleries and digital start-ups all packed into this one part of the Hackney borough.
The best thing about it is that these aren’t always out in the open, they’re tucked away down side streets and hidden inside warehouses, which makes going there something of an adventure. It can be difficult to find your way around Shoreditch if you’re new to the area because there are so many places to discover. However, this is definitely part of the fun because you can go exploring.
People are always keen to give you recommendations, particularly somewhere that’s as cool as Shoreditch and we know it can be confusing. With that in mind, we have a couple of suggestions that we can give you to get started if you’ve only got six hours to go exploring around this part of the city.
If you’ve been travelling around other parts of the city and you come to Shoreditch late afternoon, then you’re bound to need a bit of a caffeinated pick me up.
Lucky for you, this area of the Big Smoke is probably one of the best for finding coffee shops that not only pack a punch but they have coffee that tastes absolutely delicious too.
Most, if not all of the best coffee shops in Shoreditch are independently owned, including Shoreditch Grind, which is frequented by people who live and work in the area. This is where you’re going to see Londoners working and relaxing, so it’s going to be a great place for you to rest your feet for a bit before you go back out exploring.
Looking for something a bit different? Try, Look Mum No Hands!, a coffee shop and bike workshop that is a favourite with cyclists and travellers but welcomes people from all walks of life. This shop also has lots of events, including film screenings and speed dating, check their calendar of events to see what’s happening next.
Art and culture
After you’ve had a coffee and re-energised, why not stroll along to Brick Lane, where you’ll see some of the best street art in the UK. The graffiti here is famous and there are even tours that will take you around it, explaining who the artists are. As it is graffiti on the walls, it has a habit of updating, so you could go every time you’re in the city and never see the same work.
From here, head to The Brick Lane Gallery, which hosts a huge variety of exhibitions featuring work from prominent names on the art scene, as well as those who are up and coming. The collection changes frequently, so you’ll be able to see something different each time you come. Whatever the gallery has to offer, you can be guaranteed that it will be very exciting, so make sure you keep up with its calendar of events.
Next, we recommend that you go and do some shopping, as this is something that Brick Lane is extremely well known for. In particular, you should head in the direction of the market, especially if you’re there on a Sunday. This is where you want to be if you’re a fan of vintage clothes shopping, as there are massive warehouses filled to the brim with delights to be discovered.
Due to the amount of clothing available, these warehouses have a massive sale every month or so, meaning that you can grab yourself a huge stash of new clothes for a bargain.
Food and drinks
Finding somewhere to go for food and drinks in Shoreditch is extremely easy, you’re just going to be spoilt for choice.
They have it all here, whether it’s burgers at MEATmission, Thai food at Som Saa or you could delve into the street food culture in Shoreditch and head to PUMP, which is the main market of its kind in the area. It’s here that you can try a wide variety of local delicacies, as well as food from all over the world.
After you’ve eaten, you could head for a freshly brewed beer at the bar at Redchurch Brewery, or make your way to Hoxton Square bar and grill for a gin and tonic and a spot of live music. This is one of the best live venues in the area, and is a great one-stop shop, if you want to have dinner, drinks and a night out in the once place.
For information on M by Montcalm Shoreditch Hotel London, which is just a few minutes walk away from all of these great places, contact us for more information.