London is home to many different neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity. So far one of my favorite places to go, day or night is Shoreditch. Now Shoreditch is what one may call a hipster hub of some sort. Complete with coffee shops most millenials would enjoy, and old shipping containers turned into shops, it is a place that some may not enjoy as much as others. I, however love finding bustling coffee shops to work in and walk along the side streets to discover all the art that hides in the alleys. Located not too far from Mile End if you’re staying at Queen Mary, it’s a bit of a walk, but easy enough to get to on a bus or tube to spend a day and evening. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Shoreditch that you may enjoy as well.
If you’re like me and find it easier to focus in busy environments, the coffee shops here are for you. Some of my favorite include The Old Shoreditch Station, which used to be an old railway station turned coffeeshop by day, busy bar by night. If you stay late enough doing work you’ll be offered a wonderful drink menu and snacks.
Another great work spot is Barber & Parlour, especially if you’re looking for something a little different. A cafe in the front, barber shop in the back, it’s a bustling spot for young professionals alike.
If you’re looking for something that’s more of an experience, try Paper and Cup for a taste local art and secondhand books to browse.
Shoreditch is filled with interesting shops and markets with items that are always a little different than the traditional. People with style line the streets, so if you’re into fashion this is the place for you.
Make sure to check out the Box Park. This shopping area is made out of old shipping containers, creating tiny store fronts for everything you could want. From stationary to socks and pop ups a like, there is always something interesting to find in these little shops.
If you’re looking for more unique items, Brick Lane Market on Sundays is the place to go. Brick Lane is always open with shops and restaurants, but the market has tons of stalls with second hand clothing and other bric-a-brac. Complete with street musicians its a great way to spend a Sunday.
3. Street Art
If you don’t want coffee, food or clothes then Shoreditch is a great place to go on a stroll and see incredible street art. Every corner you turn is covered in color and interesting patterns from tons of street artists. Many of them include their social media handles now so you can look them up later as well. Go on your own and wander, or look up a walking tour to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
If daytime activities aren’t your style, than come on out after the sun goes down. The area turns into a huge nightlife hub complete with bars, clubs and restaurants that anyone can enjoy. I would suggest going on a pub crawl to get a unique experience and really get a taste of everything you can enjoy in the area.
If bars are more your style, check out Translate. Complete with an extensive bar menu and interesting cocktails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this smaller bar.
If clubs and dancing are more your scene, make sure to check out Cargo for a classic club experience. If you want something a little more interesting, you can go up the stairs right next to The Old Shoreditch Station, to the black and white painted Shoreditch Platform for a smaller area and loud music. And for a very classic bar/club experience make sure to check out Trapeze, but get ready to wait in line for bit.
Shoreditch has a lot happening and is a great hub for young people to come explore and be creative.