You’ve heard of the term Shoreditchification right? You know… When an area transforms from a post-industrial backwater into a Hipster Central? Well it was coined here. And whilst Shoreditch has definitely smartened up its act a bit in the last decade – it’s still undeniably cool. Here’s everything you need to know about this quirky East End neighbourhood.
Known for being the creative hub of London’s East End; Shoreditch is edgy, fashionable and cool. And whilst the spread of affluence has undeniably altered the appearance of the area in recent years; visitors will still almost certainly be exposed to grafiti, skinny jeans and oversized beards. The energy in Shoreditch remains creative and off-beat – and it will probably never shake its gritty, urban edge.
Shoreditch is home to an amazingly diverse range of independent shops, clubs, pop-ups, ramshackle bars and award winning restaurants. So whether you’re picking up a few cactus’s from Columbia Road Flower Market, being entertained at the community arts hub Rich Mix, or sampling some cultural delights from one of the many street food pop-ups, there’s always something new to be experienced in this bustling corner of east London.
Now you probably don’t associate Shoreditch with formitive Elizabethan and Shakesperean history – but its theatrical past is rich and varied. Londons first ever playhouse was built here, before Shakespeare’s globe appeared on the other side of the river. Pre-Globe in fact, Shakespeare himself was a Shoreditch boy – spending much of his time honing his writing skills and performing in the heart of the East End. The arts in Shoreditch to this day of course remain just as important, with visitors and residents spoilt for choice with the selection of theatres and galleries on offer. There’s also no shortage of incredible street art – which tourists flock to photograph.
Not only is Shoreditch a vibrant place to live; it’s probably one of the only places in the capital where living and working in the same neighbourhood is possible, with the development of co-working spaces increasingly common. You wont be doing much picnicing though. Aside from Shoreditch park and Hoxton Square, there’s limited open space in Shoreditch (unless you count the rooftop bars)… but the transport links are fantastic.
What’s on there?
You won’t be short of things to do in Shoreditch. There’s the Museum of the Home (exploring homes and home life from 1600 to the present day). Boxpark (the world’s first pop-up mall, offering modern street-food – as well as local and gobal brands). Brick Lane Market (selling vintage clothing, second-hand furniture and international cuisine). Ballie Ballerson (combining ball pits and cocktails). The street art (you’ll likely spot a Banksy… or two), the café’s and the coffee shops.
It probably comes as no surprise to you to find out that dining scene in Shoreditch is varied and eclectic. Here are our top picks.
Les Platanes (for convival French Dining), Popolo (for Italian inspired little plates), Patri (for authentic Indian street food), Supplant (for fairtrade, organic, vegan delights) or Cay Tre (for authentic Vietnamese).
Shoreditch is probably best known for the trendy cocktail bars these days – but you’ll still find an abundance of traditional pubs too. Here are Shoreditch’s finest watering holes.
If your tipple is whisky – then there’s only one place you need to know about… The Black Rock Tavern. If its fun in the sun you’re after, the Crown and Shuttle has a great beer garden (complete with food truck). Craft beer connisseur? Try Howl at the moon. Want to get your dancing shoes on? Then it’s the Old Blue Last.
How much does it cost?
A 1 bedroomed flat in Shoreditch will cost you on average £543,000 to buy or £1,851 a month to rent. A 4 bedroomed property will cost you on average £1.34 m to buy, or £4,728 a month to rent.
You will find streets of elegant Georgian and Victorian terrace homes – together with new-builds flats, right-to-buy flats, period conversions – and some of the capitals most impressive warehouse conversions.
Central Shoreditch is within the postcode EC2, but extends into E1 and E2.
Transport links here include rail, bus and tube. Liverpool Street and Old Street Tube stations serve Shoreditch. The overground service stops at Shoreditch High Street while at Old Street station you can pick up National Rail and overground trains, jump on the Northern Line tube or choose from one of the eleven daytime buses that run up and down Shoreditch High Street.
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