People say Shoreditch has had its day, London’s hipster brigade moved on and according to the Daily Telegraph, Peckham is the new Shoreditch.
But from what we can tell the eclectic and uber-cool army of coffee aficionados and Negroni lovers keep floating into the Eastern triangle made up by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street.
Here are 7 good reasons to keep Shoreditch on your map
1. Brick Lane
From vintage markets to some of London’s best street art, Brick Lane has always been a hive of hipness. And of course we cannot talk about Brick Lane without mentioning the Curry Houses. Every Londoner needs to get a curry on Brick Lane at some point in their lives. Despite the spread of affluence, much of the area maintains its original gritty, urban edge and for many the grime is all part of the appeal.
Tip: Spend a lazy Sunday with your new friends on Brick Lane and eat your way through London’s most renowned street food market
One of Shoreditch’s most famous structures, BoxPark is made of shipping containers and is home to pop up shops, cafes and bars. You’ll also find up-and-coming fashion designers and cool homeware stores.
Set in a former bullion truck depot in Shoreditch, Dinerama is a food and drink market from Street Feast, London’s leading street food market company. There are two levels with food downstairs and a choice of bars upstairs, although you can get a selection of drinks on the lower level too.
Tip: Get there before 7pm, after that it’s £3 entry.
Old Spitalfields adds a classier twist to the idea of a London market. It’s known for its novel fashion and a wide variety of stalls and shops that sell everything from tailored menswear to recycled accessories and Parisian cheese. Tip: Check out the market on a Thursday when it is dedicated to antiques and vintage or on a Friday when it’s filled with fashion and art. Don’t forget to come ready with cash to avoid the long queues for the cash machine.
Debating on where to meet your new friendrequest mate this summer? Aim high! London is full of amazing rooftop bars and Shoreditch has its fair share… Eating, drinking, and even swimming, we’re sure you’ll have a great time.
Our two favourite Shoreditch roofs are the Boundary and the bar at the Aviary. The Boundary on Redchurch Street is located within a converted Victorian warehouse turned boutique hotel.
The view at the Aviary is hard to beat. The bar-restaurant with a roomy open-air terrace at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel – perched ten floors up – has a unique panoramic view, and is hugely popular with the post-work crowd.
Shoreditch is home to tons of vintage shops. You can spend hours here, digging through the racks of funky items. Try Rokit Vintage to start, and then wander around to find the other shops in the area. Don’t forget to bring your friend.