Guide type: Area Guide
13th September 2015
Shoreditch is full of galleries, art, good food and hidden bars and has become a focal part of London’s night-time economy, with a diverse character and true international presence. Read our detailed guide on Things to Do in Shoreditch for further information.
The go-to place for a curry in London is Brick Lane. It is the heart of the city's Bangladeshi community (known to some as Banglatown) and famous for its many curry houses. Nearby Kingsland Road meanwhile, is famous for its rows of Vietnamese restaurants, the most notable being Song Que. A number of both operate a ‘bring your own bottle’ (B.Y.O.B) policy.
Meat-lovers looking for a more up-market dining experience can find Hawksmoor on Commercial Street. The highly-praised steak restaurant offers a stellar steak and great Sunday roast, whilst Beach Blanket Babylon on Bethnal Green Road serves seasonal British greats in luxurious Art Deco surroundings. Foodie’s will also appreciate pop-up summer favourite Dinerama on Great Eastern Street and Red Dog Saloon on Hoxton Square.
There is no shortage of watering holes in Shoreditch, from smart cocktail bars, to trendy pubs and cool clubs that all offer a great night on the tiles. Bar-lined streets include, Shoreditch High Street, Curtain Road and Old Street. A great all-rounder is The Water Poet in Spitalfields, a traditional East End pub with a great beer garden. Other brilliant boozers include The Owl and Pussycat on Redchurch Street, Commercial Tavern and Star of Bethnal Green that hosts regular pop-up restaurants and parties that rock until the early hours.
Brick Lane is home to two institutional Shoreditch bars, The Big Chill and 93 Feet East, whilst the Queen of Hoxton on Curtain Road has a popular rooftop that is crammed in the summer months. New additions to the area include, the Trapeze Club on Great Eastern Street, with popular Saturday night sessions and a basement club and The Magic Roundabout, a quirky pop-up bar and restaurant above Old Street station in the middle of the roundabout.
Both tourists and locals alike flock to Brick Lane, for its vintage stores, independent boutiques and weekend markets. In the Old Truman Brewery, you will find The Sunday UpMarket, the Vintage Market, the Backyard Market and the Boiler House Food Hall. Open across the weekend, the markets have over 200 stalls, selling vintage and handmade clothing and accessories, music, arts and crafts, and organic food. Shoppers will also find one of London's vintage originators, Beyond Retro and Rokit alongside The Laden Showroom, showcasing up-and-coming designers and independent labels at affordable prices.
Over on Commercial Street, visitors will find the iconic and ever popular Spitalfields Market, perfectfor knick-knacks, fashion and food. The market is encased by beautiful shops that are home to independent boutiques alongside high street brands such as Mac, Oliver Bonas and Traffic people. Uniquely made out of shipping containers, BOXPARK on Shoreditch High Street is the world’s first pop-up shopping centre. It hosts rotating stores from independent labels such as Nicce London and Decorum to Puma and Gap.
For further information on Shoreditch and its close connections with fashion, click here.
Historically, cheaper rents attracted throngs of poor artists to the area, making Shoreditch the centre of London’s modern art world. Art lovers are spoilt for choice with Victoria Miro; a British contemporary gallery with an international reputation and The Whitechapel Gallery; one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London, exhibiting retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community.
Other offerings in the area include The Hoxton Gallery, Howard Griffin Gallery and Red Gallery on Rivington Street, a 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor events space with a continually rotating calendar of events including: art exhibitions, live arts, music and charity events, literary soirees, conferences and film screenings.
A short walk from Shoreditch, The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.
Read Culture in Shoreditch for an in-depth look at the area's artistic influences.
The Stage will be an outstanding mixed-used development opportunity, comprising a 37-storey residential tower and over 400,000 sq. ft. of office, retail and leisure space, whilst also incorporating a world-class heritage centre – Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, providing a unique international identity for investors, residents and occupiers.
Comprising 26 luxurious apartments arranged from first to fifth floor level, The Fusion provides an exciting choice of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom residences, with many boasting outstanding views across the City skyline. Each apartment offers a balcony or terrace with full-height glazed doors and surrounds accentuating the expanse of natural light and sense of space. Residents will also appreciate access to the private landscaped roof garden offering over 1,250 sq. ft. of communal space.