How do I get to Shoreditch London
The great Shoreditch guide
We love Shoreditch. The district is known far beyond London's borders for fantastic street art, lively nightlife and many vintage shops. In our guide we have finally written down for you all the small and large peculiarities of Shoreditch that inspire us even after our 1001 visit!
Shoreditch: what's up and how do you get there?
Shoreditch is one of the hippest parts of London. The East End neighborhood is a magnet for young London. That was not always so. It was only a few years ago that the rather rocked-down area was discovered by the creative scene. Many second-hand shops, original boutiques, cafés, pubs and bars opened and gray Shoreditch became a pulsating, atmospheric place-to-be. In the meantime, gentrification has been carried out on site, but the special vibe has been retained and has now even reached other parts of east and north London.
Shoreditch is very close to the center and is best reached by train. The main stations are:
- Liverpool Street Station - Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan. Overground and TFL Rail. Direct train connection to Stansted Airport.
- Shoreditch High Street - Overground
- Old Street Station - Northern Line
5 top sights in London's trendy Shoreditch district
1. BoxPark London
BoxPark opened in 2011 as the world's first pop-up mall in the epicenter of London's hip society in Shoreditch. In the mall made up of 60 shipping containers, urban life meets modern shopping experience. This is where what belongs together comes together: local and international brands, artist studios and galleries, trendy cafes and clubs. BoxPark was once intended as a temporary mall. Instead, the concept has prevailed. Concerts and events of all kinds are part of the BoxPark's program. You can find the next dates on the Shoreditchs BoxPark website. (Address: 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd; Above Ground to Shoreditch High Street)
2. Village Underground
You can't miss the Village Underground. Its facade with the wall inscriptions and paintings immediately catches the eye, as do the two subway cars on the roof. It's not just worth taking a photo here, it's definitely worth going in too! The Village Underground is home to art exhibitions and concerts and has a world-class reputation for culture. (Address: 54 Holywell Ln; Overground to Shoreditch High Street).
3. Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane is one of my favorite streets in London. Brick Lane has tons of flea and food markets, the best vintage shops, cafes and, above all, many Indian restaurants (but not all of them). In our detailed text, we took a closer look at the many facets of Brick Lane. Just click in. (Address: Brick Ln; Overground to Shoreditch High Street)
Shoreditch is known for being one of the best dining and entertainment areas in London. You will find a great variety of restaurants there in the East End - for every taste and every budget. If you love touring London's food markets as much as we do, then you should definitely stop by Dinerama. The semi-covered market combines bars with food stands and is the perfect place to spend the evening with friends. The opening times are somewhat - well - arbitrary. It is best to check the Dinerama website again beforehand. (Address: 19 Great Eastern St; Overground to Shoreditch High Street)
5. Columbia Road Flower Market
This market has a long tradition. For more than 150 years, Sunday traders have set up their stalls on Columbia Road to sell flowers. If you're looking for a slightly different Sunday morning schedule, head to the flower market. You can read in full what there is to discover there in our Columbia Road Flower Market detail article. (Address: Columbia Rd; Overground to Hoxton)
Art in creative London: Shoreditch's galleries, museums and more
Art is very important in London, and this is particularly evident in the alternative East End. Shoreditch is the linchpin for the creative scene, where young, contemporary art is created and exhibited. Definitely make a detour to Shoreditch's streets, galleries and museums and get inspiration on site.
Street Art in London
Shoreditch is the hotspot for street art in London. When you roam the streets there, you are surrounded by works of some of the great masters of the scene. Artists like ROA, Ant Carver, Nagel and Bansky have made the walls of Shoreditch their canvases and the neighborhood into a huge, constantly changing open-air gallery. There is a picture to be discovered in every nook and cranny, some only stay for a short time, others are almost grandfathered and are not painted over, and still others are pretty hidden.
If you don't want to walk past the most beautiful works of art in East London, why not take a guided tour like us. We had a street art expert guide us through the area from Old Spitalfields to Brick Lane and we can only recommend it. Alone we would have missed most of the exciting places and pictures.
Details of the street art tour
Galleries and museums in Shoreditch
In addition to the many, many street art works of art that characterize the streetscape in Shoreditch, a few exciting galleries and small museums have established themselves in the district - a selection.
- Jealous Gallery - This gallery specializes in limited edition prints by local and international artists. If you like modern art and illustration, it is worth stopping by. In addition, the Jealous Gallery always invites you to interesting traveling exhibitions and events. (Address: 53 Curtain Rd; Overground to Shoreditch High Street)
- Pure Evil Gallery - This is one of my all-time favorite galleries that showcases Pop Art with East London influences. Again and again I have to shed a few tears because I discover a work that I cannot afford. But - and this is really a consolation - cheaper prints are also sold in the gallery. (Address: 108 Leonard Street; Metro to Old Street)
- Autograph - The Shoreditch autograph is a must for photography enthusiasts. The museum in Rivington Place shows works by artists who deal with societal issues such as identity, human rights and social justice. Admission is free and the message is clear: art by everyone and for everyone. (Address: Rivington Pl; Metro to Old Street)
- Espacio Gallery - The Espacio Gallery focuses on contemporary art. Founded by a group of artists, permanent exhibitions are combined with external collections in the gallery. (Address: 159 Bethnal Green Rd; Above Ground to Shoreditch High Street)
- Victoria Miro - This small art museum in the industrial building on the canal bank is one of the highlights of the art scene in Shoreditch. Works by more than 40 international artists are shown on 1900 square meters. The specialty of this gallery is the beautiful garden, which is not only a work of art in itself, but also sometimes serves as an exhibition space. (Address: 16 Wharf Rd; Metro to Old Street)
What else is there to see in Shoreditch?
Well, Shoreditch isn't exactly an area that has many attractions to offer. What makes Shoreditch so wonderful is its flair. It's just a great neighborhood to stroll through the area and let yourself be carried away. In the streets of the colorful, creative district you can easily forget the time and let yourself be kissed by the muse on the way. Probably the most exciting streets in Shoreditch are: Calver Ave, Shoreditch High Street, Great Stearn Street, Old Street, Brick Lane and Commercial Street. You should stroll past Shoreditch Town Hall, Hoxton Square and Boundary Gardens on your tour through the district. We have put together the most important sights in the following map:
Shopping in Shoreditch
Shopping in Shoreditch? Nothing easier than that. The district is a top address, especially if you don't feel like doing the standard shops, but rather wanting small, fine shops. In the BoxPark there are a number of shops that sell small specialties, souvenirs or curiosities. Head to Brick Lane to browse vintage shops. If you walk down the street, you will find many small boutiques and a large vintage market. The High Street and Old Street areas are also full of special little shops. Most of the more well-known brands, however, are more likely to have their address in Commercial Street.
Good food and drink in Shoreditch
As mentioned before, Shoreditch is one of the most popular hangouts for Londoners when it comes to dining. There are an almost inexhaustible number of restaurants, pubs and bars in the district. No wonder Londoners like to stop by after a long day at the office before heading home!
Restaurants in Shoreditch
Wow. There are so, so, so many great restaurants in Shoreditch that - the foodie I am - I don't even know where to start. I'll try to be as brief as possible, the detailed version will follow in a detailed article. Promised.
- The Book Club - For us the best breakfast in Shoreditch | ££ (Address: 100-106, Leonard Street)
- Dishoom - The Indian restaurant always does what it says on the tin | ££ (Address: 7 Boundary Street)
- Gloria - The fashionable Italian! You have to check it out on Instagram | ££ (Address: 54-56 Great Eastern St.)
- Flat Iron - Top steaks at affordable prices | ££ (Address: 77 Curtain Road)
- Lyles - Perfect for Special Occasions | ££££ (Address: 56 Shoreditch High Street)
- BoxPark (market type) - good, pretty, cheap | £ (Address: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road)
- Smoking Goat - Thai Influence Pub Lunch | ££ (Address: 64 Shoreditch High St)
- Beigel Bake - fast food with tradition: bagels to take away. Try the salted meat bagel! | £ (Address: 159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch)
- DF Tacos - Viva mexico! ££ (Address: Hanbury St.)
- The Blues Kitchen - The dinner with soul | ££ (Address: 134-146 Curtain Rd)
- Dinerama (market type) - Because life is a party | £ (Address: 19 Great Eastern St.)
- E. Pellicci - English breakfast since 1900 | £ (Address: 332 Bethnal Green Rd)
- Tramshed - The dining room is an eye-catcher | ££££ (Address: 32 Rivington Street).
- The Jones Family - The wow factor for lovers of good meat | ££££ (Address: 78 Great Eastern Street)
- Essential Vegan Café - Breakfast, lunch and dinner for discerning vegans | £ (Address: 6 Calvert Ave)
Shoreditch food tour
Yes, that's right, the choice of restaurants is huge. How are you supposed to make the right decision, you ask yourself? We cannot give you a correct answer to that either. How about you go on a food tour at the start? We did and it was great. On the one hand because you learn a lot about the neighborhood and on the other hand because you can taste all kinds of goodies on the way and get a direct impression of the culinary Shoreditch!
Watch the food tour
The best pubs and bars in Shoreditch
- London Cocktail Club - cheap cocktails and nice parties (address: 12 - 29 Sclater St.)
- Flight Club - Here everything revolves around the dart board (Address: 2A Worship St.)
- The Cocktail Trading Co. - Cocktails for gourmets at a decent price (Address: 2A Worship St.)
- Bar Kick - Simple bar with a feel-good atmosphere (address: 127 Shoreditch High St).
- Old Street Records - A classic for live music lovers (Address: 350-354 Old St.)
- The Craft Beer Co. - Paradise for beer lovers (Address: 235 Old St.)
- The Old Blue Last - Great concert location and a guarantee for party evenings (Address: 38 Great Eastern St.)
- The Crown & Shuttle - The pub with the nicest terrace in Shoreditch (Address: 226 Shoreditch High St.)
- The George & Vulture - almost certainly my favorite bar - simply quaint and cozy. (Address: 63 Pitfield St.)
Pub crawl in Shoreditch
It is of course no problem to explore the bars and pubs of the district on your own, but such a pub crawl in company is also quite fun. This tour takes you to five of the hippest bars, clubs and venues in Shoreditch. On top of that, you get a shot and reduced drink prices per location - if that wasn't argument enough ...
Details about the pub crawl
Spend the night in Shoreditch ?! Yes!
Yes, yes, yes and yes again. Shoreditch is the perfect place in London to set up base camp. There are good hotels in the area that are affordable. In addition, Shoreditch is super central and very well connected. So from there you are in the center in no time at all. Plus, there is always something going on in Shoreditch. So if you still want to go to a restaurant or bar in the evening, you don't have to go on a short trip around the world. Everything is within striking distance in the district. We like this turbulent atmosphere much better than, for example, the extremely quiet Westminster. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but in Westminster (that's how I feel) nobody is on the street after 8 p.m.
Hotels in Shoreditch
More about East London
East London is much more than Shoreditch, of course, and just about every corner is worth checking out. Here are some more articles about this part of town. Click here:
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