There are many great places and things to see and do in London. Every time you visit offers you something different and – depending on how long your visit is – you can spend each day of your holiday in a new area or borough of this amazing city.
If this appeals to you – and why wouldn’t it?? – we recommend that you spend a whole day immersing yourself in the culture of Shoreditch.
This is a particularly fascinating area of London filled to the brim with creative people, who range from artists to yoga teachers and from chefs to some of the brightest digital and/or tech minds working in the world today.
You’ll find, in Shoreditch, that there is an energetic buzz in the air that will make you want to go exploring and leave you feeling refreshed at the end of the day.
With so much to do, this part of the Big Smoke can seem a bit daunting and you might not know where to start off your tour of the borough. Luckily, we have pulled together a list of things for you to do that makes your perfect 24-hour guide to Shoreditch.
If you’re going to be on the go all day, you need to start things off the right way by making sure you have a wholesome and hearty breakfast. There are dozens of places for you to get an amazing breakfast – or brunch, if you like a mimosa – particularly if you’re into freshly-ground artisan coffee first thing in the morning.
However, our recommendation would by St John Bread and Wine, which we believe boasts the best bacon sandwich in east London.
Their bacon is delivered daily from a local organic farm and is served between freshly-baked, thick-sliced bread that is grilled to perfection. If you’re already craving one, why not find out for yourself why everyone is raving about this place?
Somewhere to stay
How could we forget? You’ll need somewhere to rest up after a day’s worth of exploring and sightseeing and there’s nowhere better than M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel on City Road for you to relax at the end of the day.
Set right amongst the exciting start-ups that constitute Tech City and Silicon Roundabout, this hotel is perfect whether you’re in town on business or having a long, romantic holiday with your partner.
The hotel is also walking distance to lots of top Shoreditch locations. For example, it’ll take you just 20 minutes to walk from the hotel to St John Bread and Wine, from City Road to Commercial Street.
Of course, you could stay in the hotel for a drink at our Tonic and Remedy bar, which boasts cutting-edge cocktails and tall windows so you can watch the goings-on in Shoreditch at your leisure.
London is famous for its array of markets, which sell everything from flowers and plants to bric-a-brac and antiques.
You can find a bargain nestled away in any of these markets, but our pick is Spitalfields Market, which has been a trading place for more than 300 years. Unlike some other marketplaces, Spitalfields is open seven days a week, but there are different stalls to see every day.
If you love collecting antiques, then Thursday is the day for you, while Friday is great for fashion and art and the weekend is when you’ll find amazing food.
After the market, it’s time for more walking: this time you’ll be appreciating the street art that makes Shoreditch come alive with colour.
You can wander around these paintings yourself, but we recommend that you take part in one of the guided tours, as you’ll get an inside look on the inspiration behind the artwork itself.
The best thing about these tours is that the paintings change frequently, as different artists come to leave their stamp on the colourful background, so each time you come to Shoreditch, you’ll see something new.
You’ve had the best bacon sandwich and lunch at the market, seen some art and bought some bargains, but when it comes to spending an evening in Shoreditch, there’s only one thing for you to do – see some live music.
There are lots of venues for you to enjoy a gig, including Hoxton Bar and Grill, which is well known for booking a mixture of famous names and underground artists but, for something different, head to Box Park.
Created entirely from shipping containers, Box Park is a fascinating place for you to appreciate Shoreditch at its best. When it comes to the music, you never know who will be playing during Busk the Box on Sundays while headline acts play on the venue’s lawn for you to enjoy them every night of the week.
For more information on M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, contact us now.