Chapter 5 : Shoreditch
Anyone can fall short of words when it comes to describing the spirit of Shoreditch. Unmatched in energy, Shoreditch takes art and originality to another level. Located in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district draws thousands of people from all parts of the world. Read more and you’ll know why!
A stroll in Shoreditch is an art tour. So to say, Shoreditch is an attraction by all means! Once desolate, Shoreditch today is an artistic society that blooms with art galleries, trendy bars and numerous music venues. It has never failed to keep its characteristic charm alive and intact. Hit any street and you will experience the incredible art and architecture.
Some of the attractions in Shoreditch are:
Wesley’s Chapel and House: Wesley’s Chapel and House traces the history of Methodism from as early as the 18th century. It was built by John Wesley, an Anglican divine and theologian. The museum comprises his possessions and also his personal library.
Geffrye Museum: This eccentric museum illustrates the style of English domestic interior from the 1600s. Take a walk through it and you will experience the progression from Georgian décor to Victorian décor. The museum also reflects on how society was like.
Head to Dennis Severs’ House for an unmatched experience of artsy eccentricity! Created in 1724, this period house shows the lives of a family of Huguenot weavers. Every room here takes visitors to a different world and offers a unique experience.
Eat & Drink
Shoreditch houses places that are friendly to all pocket sizes. It has also become the coolest place to party and have fun in London. Here are some of the best places to eat and drink to ensure you have a memorable time.
If you want to gorge on delicious food at unbelievably cheap prices, here’s a list.
– Song Que: Well-lit and large, this one tops the chart of the Kingsland Road Vietnamese scene. Highly authentic, this one is a must visit.
– Open Kitchen: Irresistible prices, personal attention to customers and a wine list that’s simply superb. That’s Open Kitchen!
– Kêu: A must visit for voracious fans of Vietnamese food. This small café is a treat in every way!
– Mien Tay: Not very impressive in looks, Mien Tay is a great place to get authentic food.
In Shoreditch, there are clubs and bars popping all over. Some of these are Fox, Princess of Shoreditch, Water Poet, Queen of Hoxton, Book Club, Cargo, Commercial Tavern, Well & Bucket, The Old Blue Last, Trapeze, Village Underground and XOYO to name a few.
Shoreditch isn’t just about art and coffee. Over the last few years, Shoreditch has grown into an excellent shopping destination leaving even the conventional shopping areas of West End behind. Everything from big brands and designer boutiques to unique gift shops and indie labels can be found in Shoreditch. Here’s our guide to designer houses and local gift stores and obviously, everything that falls in between.
Old Spitalfields Market: If you want to get your hands on the stuff by upcoming and talented designers, this is the place to be! Located in the heart of the city, this colourful market offers stylish clothes, retro bags, ornaments and everything that is jazzy. The market also comes with an organic market hall. The market pulls close to 25000 people on a weekly basis. The market combines the touch of old market with the new. Brands such as Agnes B, Benefit and Canteen can be found in the market. These coexist with individual traders selling interesting and quirky things.
Brick Lane Market: Located in east London, Brick Lane market is known for rich Ethiopian coffee, Indian silk sarees, Jewish bagel shops and Bangladeshi curry houses. The market is chaotic and is always bustling with energy. There are certain vintage stalls by upcoming designers. In Brick Lane, you never know what you’ll find. Cheap leather and Art Deco furniture are a must have here!
Petticoat Lane Market: This is London’s famous Sunday market and was established 400 years ago. It includes two streets namely Middlesex Street Market and Wentworth Street Market. Everything from clothes and watches to leather items and toys are found here at unbelievable prices. With over 1000 stalls on a Sunday, a visit to the Petticoat Lane market is worth the trip.
Some of the famous stores for clothing in Shoreditch include Beyond Retro, Rokit, Goodhood, Hoxton Boutique, Junky Styling, Ella Doran and E1 Gallery.
Famous places to get jewellery are Tatty Devine, Russell Callow, Lara Bohinc 107 , NumberNinetyFour, Anna Lovell and Glitterati
Far Global, Columbia Glassworks, Ella Doran and Standpoint Gallery are places where you can get everything that is artsy.
As a matter of fact, the list simply doesn’t end! The more you explore Shoreditch, the better you know!
You’ve got to stay in Shoreditch to experience its dynamic character. Undoubtedly the epicenter of art and imagination, Shoreditch displays its edgy vibe in every way possible. Offering looks and comfort, our apartments are designed to offer you a memorable experience, especially our Shoredtich Square apartment. For an entire range of serviced apartments, click on image to explore more.
Well connected to other parts of London, Shoreditch is closest to Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street underground stations.