A dynamic and developing kaleidoscope of talent and creativity, it’s almost impossible to find a place that matches the character of Shoreditch. Situated in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district is truly the epicenter of art, imagination and yes, hipsterism.
Once upon a time defined as “desolate and rough”, Shoreditch has grown leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Before the 1990s, it had too many warehouses and very few people. This was when the likes of artistssuch as Alexander McQueen, Tracey Emin and Gary Hume got attracted and started working in this area. With numerous events and exhibitions taking place, the area further attracted architects, filmmakers and others. Soon thereafter, this desolate and empty area got transformed into an artistic society with art galleries, trendy bars and music venues. This was how the most fashionable borough in London, Shoreditch arrived and became home to students, artists and celebrities alike. All these years, Shoreditch has kept its artistic charm and distinctive style intact. The classic architecture can be seen and appreciated from any street in Shoreditch. To be very precise, a stroll in the area is nothing less than an art tour.
Geffrye Museum: Surrounded by gardens and set in a strings of 18th century almshouses, this eccentric museum demonstrates the varying style of English domestic interior from the 1600s. A walk through the museum shows the progression from sophisticated Georgian décor to overdone Victorian décor. Not only does it show how homes and furnishings have changed over time, it also reflects the changes in society. Entry is free for adults. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Wesley’s Chapel and House:Built by an Anglican divine and theologian John Wesley, Wesley’s Chapel and House traces the history of Methodism from as early as the 18th century. The museum includes possessions relating to John Wesley and also his personal library. At the end of the chapel is Wesley’s tomb built in 1778. This is considered as the basilica of Methodism.
Dennis Severs’ House: Created in 1724, Dennis Severs’ House captures 18th century life as lived by a family of Huguenot silk weavers. Every room was converted into tableaux vivants designed to take visitors to a different world and an evocative experience. Visitors are invited to explore all the rooms and feel the smells and sensations in silence. This historic gem is situated in Folgate Street.
Spitalfields Market: This is where you can quibble with upcoming and aspiring designers. A colourful indoor market, Spitalfields is an attraction in itself. You can find a quirky range of stylish clothes, retro bags, ornaments and jazzy items for home. There is also an organic food hall here. Thursdays are dedicated to antiques. Attracting close to 25000 people every week, this one is one of the most popular markets of London.
Brick Lane Market: Centred around Brick Lane in east London, Brick Lane Market sells everything from rich Ethiopian coffee to tapas and a lot more. The vintage stalls and eccentric crafts by mushrooming designers are a few of the highlights of this market, popular amongst art students. Bargaining is a must! Runs every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Petticoat Lane Market: Established 400 years ago, Petticoat Lane is a fashion market in the East End of London and includes two streets markets namely Wentworth Street Market and Middlesex Street Market. The former is open six days in a week while the latter operates only on Sundays. You can find clothes, watches, leather items and toys at some unbelievable prices, provided you are good with your bargaining skills.
Despite the spread of affluence and prosperity, the stylish Shoreditch maintains its originality and edgy vibe. There is a unique and exhaustive range of exclusive apartments offering a cool ambience with all the artsy features. From a studio apartment available here at 100 Pounds per night to a three bedroom apartment at 220 Pounds per night, Shoreditch offers both taste and pocket friendly options. It is well connected to other parts of London. Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street are the closest underground stations.