Shoreditch is known the world over as one of the trendiest neighborhoods in London. A mixture of quirky coffee shops, vintage stores and converted warehouses, residents and visitors to the area will find plenty of things to see and do for all ages, and the neighborhood’s excellent transport links mean that the rest of the city is easily accessible as well.
Here Are The Top 5 Attractions In Shoreditch We Recommend To Tourists And Cultural Sightseers alike:
Brick Lane is a famous street in the East End of London that runs from Spitalfields to Swanfield Street in Bethnal Green. Known for its many curry houses and street markets, Brick Lane is today the heart of the Bangladeshi community in London and represents a history of successive communities of immigrants who settled into the area.
Formerly a vast leather factory, Rich Mix is a cinema and multi-arts venue that offers free cultural events to the local community. Stretched over five floors, the building contains a three-screen cinema showing the latest independent films and Hollywood blockbusters, a number of flexible performance and rehearsal spaces, and the headquarters of twenty creative organizations across a wide range of businesses.
Shoreditch’s famous pop-up mall, Boxpark fuses together the concepts of modern street food and the pairing of local and global brands to create a unique shopping and dining destination. Entirely constructed out of refitted shipping containers, Boxpark boasts numerous bars, eateries, lifestyle and clothing stores within its units, and is a perfect embodiment of the enterprising Shoreditch hipster.
The ideal destination for fashion shopping, Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is home to some of the city’s coolest contemporary stores. Peppered with clothing boutiques, interior design inspirations, and hidden coffee and cocktail spots, simply exploring Redchurch Street in an idle hour will yield many surprises, and add a new repertoire to any visitor’s local knowledge.
As Redchurch Street is to fashion, so is Great Eastern Street to art. Hidden among the Press and Subways are a host of hidden treasures set back from every corner, in basements and downside roads, from gorgeous street murals to artisan arts venues, all of which serve to keep Shoreditch’s creative reputation alive. We recommend checking out Village Underground for gigs and raves hosted in a covered railway arch; it’s easily recognizable by the tube carriages on the viaduct roof!
Shoreditch is not just known for its bars and art scene, however: there is also plenty of history to discover in its local museums. These range in nature from the esoteric to the general, to the generally fantastical, with all of them guaranteeing an interesting or entertaining visit.
Here is a list of our top 5 museums and galleries in Shoreditch:
An experiential attraction, the Museum of Happiness provides visitors with a look into the essence of happiness and well-being. Using a variety of interactive exhibits, workshops and events, the museum aims to share the art and science of happiness in playful, reflective ways. Visitors will leave feeling elated, but booking is essential to secure a space, as the museum only opens on Friday evenings and is notoriously oversubscribed. In any case, the £5 entry fee is more than worth it.
The Fine Art Society is an appointment-only gallery that preserves and showcases historic and noteworthy artworks from a collection of national and global artists. Among the contributors listed are names such as George Washington Lambert, Leonard Rosoman, Emma Sargent and Joseph Southall. Take a break from Shoreditch’s street art scene and dive back into the refuge of the old masters. History in the making.
A museum dedicated to English cleric John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, this venue houses historic objects related to the life of Wesley and his family, as well as presenting his views on faith and social justice in an interactive setting. Entry is free of charge but donations are encouraged to help preserve the collection.
Opened in 1901, this public art gallery is one of the most impressive in the country and stands as a symbol of East London’s collective creative spirit. Hosting the works of primarily contemporary artists, both local and international, the gallery also organises retrospective exhibitions and community events and was the first gallery in England to display the works of Pollock and Picasso to the public. Admission is free, but visitors are advised to leave a small donation.
The unsolved Jack The Ripper murders come to life in this Cable Street museum. Featuring original artifacts and waxwork recreations of the crime scenes, the museum carefully chronicles the events of the Ripper case and invites visitors to lend their own theories as to the identity of the notorious killer. A spooky but entertaining delve into London history, the Jack The Ripper Museum is a great attraction to add to the itinerary. Admission costs £10 for adults and £5 for children.
No trip away from home is complete without a little spend in the local stores, and Shoreditch certainly has plenty of options in that regard. Here are our recommendations for the best shopping in Shoreditch, from fashion to gadgets and more:
This hip boutique boasts carefully curated apparel and homewares alongside an on-site café serving specialty lattes. The store itself sits in the heart of cosmopolitan East London and stocks a range of menswear, womenswear, shoes and accessories, with the shop also serving as a platform for other independent brands to share their talents and interests. Discover something different from the norm at AIDA.
For quality homewares, look no further than Monologue. Though its floor space may be small, its premises are packed to the brim with contemporary furniture, accessories and more, with a unique focus on conceptual items from up-and-coming designers. Visitors with a penchant for modern and Scandinavian-inspired décor should definitely look into this Redchurch Street location. Stunning and stimulating.
As its website announces, A Child of the Jago are the unparalleled purveyors of dimber rigging, hats, and tomfoolery. Though an acquired taste, there’s no denying that these Edwardian-influenced clothes are of very fine quality. Is it retro? Is it anti-brand? We’re not sure, but it’s a dandy look that definitely suits Shoreditch.
Exploring the varied cuisine on offer is one of the many perks of visiting a new city. As London is such a diverse city, with much of this diversity present in Shoreditch, there will be many menu options for visitors to enjoy. Fish and chips, pizza, curry, the sky are the limits when it comes to Shoreditch dining. London is a global city after all, so here are some of our favorite eateries in the Shoreditch area:
The buzzing atmosphere and vintage décor of this Bombay-style restaurant is almost as good as the delicious Indian street food on offer.
Address: 7 Boundary St, Hackney, London E2 7JE
Traditional British cuisine is on the cards at Lyle’s as a la carte lunches and set menu suppers, all within an elegant, stripped back dining room set.
Address: Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JJ
This renovated two-story gastropub serves delicious British classics with local produce and UK-reared meat and game.
Address: 76-78 Paul St, Hackney, London EC2A 4NE
As its name suggests, this Spanish restaurant serves classic tapas at the counter or high tables in this modern, glass-fronted setting.
Address: 152 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3AT
Hidden within the bizarre world of Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities, this speakeasy-styled cocktail bar offers carefully curated cocktails inspired by the oddities of its wonderfully strange setting.
Address: 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP
A fun-loving food and arts venue, The Book Club features an eclectic all-day menu, plus a packed calendar of workshops, music and poetry events.
Address: 100-106 Leonard St, Hackney, London EC2A 4RH
Though modern times are becoming increasingly secular, the stunning architecture of many churches and cathedrals still make them places of attraction for tourists and sightseers. Exploring the places of worship around Shoreditch is a great way of whiling away a few loose hours, and many of them make for quite inspirational destinations.
For those interested in the architecture of religion, here are some of the most notable churches in the Shoreditch area:
Dedicated to the patron saint of prisoners, St Leonard’s Church currently stands on the site of a number of churches before it, the earliest of which is said to date from around the 12th century. St Leonard’s became an actors’ church due to its proximity to New Inn Yard, the first English theatre, and many of the Elizabethan theatrical fraternity are buried in the medieval church beneath the crypt. Though renovated multiple times over the years, the church remains, along with the Clerk’s House, the oldest building in Shoreditch.
Known locally as The Tab, the Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church has been a part of the East London community for almost 181 years. Its values are reflected in the diversity of its members, who preach tolerance and unity, and continually strive to transform Shoreditch for the better.