East london’s Liverpool Street is one of the most exciting areas to visit. Not only are there a whole range of amazing accommodation near Brewery Road and other prime locations, but countless events, venues, shopping experiences and cultural areas of interest for you to take advantage of. Whether you’re visiting this area as part of your holiday or on business, you should take some time out to explore the area around Liverpool Street. Whether you’re looking for some great places to shop, a unique theatre experience or a way to learn more about the areas history then you’ll have heaps to do in central East London.
Liverpool street station
Liverpool Street Station is one of the largest terminus stations in London with connections to the London Underground and East Anglian, West Anglian and Great Eastern Lines to famous cities such as Norwich and Cambridge. The station itself is one of the best connected in the city, whilst the station itself includes a memorial to the thousands of European refugees in the Second World War who used Liverpool Station as an entry point to the city. The station has been in operation since the 1870’s, when it was a dual level station and took the historic Metropolitan Railway line as its point of entry.
Based near Shoreditch High street and Liverpool Street, Brick Lane is a retail street in East London. This area, once the haven of a thriving Bangladeshi and Jewish community, is now one of the most popular market and independent retail streets in the city. Here you can find a range boutique fashion, restaurants, street food and other shops, alongside weekend markets. Whether you’re into vintage clothes, or want a taste of some top quality cultural cuisine, then Brick Lane is the place to be. With many arts related shops, this is a great place to find some collectors items alongside great souvenirs to bring back to your loved ones.
Shoreditch town hall
Having opened in 1866, Shoreditch Town Hall is rife with a rich history of the area. Having originally been a boxing venue and music venue for the locals, the building slowly transformed into a bastion of local government. After the 1960’s this lavishly decorated building became more arts oriented and has slowly become one of the most exciting and unique theatre, music and dance venues in the area. One of the most astounding attributes to the building is how it has survived heavy bombing raids from both world wars, giving those who ran it even more fuel for their progressive values.
Located close to the Montcalm Chiswell Street, the Barbican is one of the most popular and eye catching arts venues in the city. With a range of exciting events every day, the Barbican is a place to see some of the best in classical and avant garde theatre, alongside some of today’s best performers spanning from pop to classical genres. What’s more, the cinema on site is one of the most popular in East London, the student discount prices being of great value. The Barbican building was built in the 1960’s in the Brutalist style, making it a striking concrete building in the heart of London.
Based near the Shoreditch area, Boxpark has grown from it’s Shoreditch roots to a range of locations across the city. What makes Boxpark stand out from other retail areas is that it is constituted completely from repurposed shipping containers. Each container holds a shop which sells everything from authentic London watches to boutique designer clothes lines. Whatever your taste, there’s a clothes range for you in box park, and a meal or cafe on the top floor to match. In the winter, the heated outdoor eating area is covered whilst in the summer it is opened up to give you a great view over Shoreditch. This revolutionary retail space melds great value clothes and products with a social atmosphere.
Rich mix is a multifaceted arts venue which hosts everything from film festivals to poetry slams. The Shoreditch based arts venue is there to promote diversity within the arts and is one of the leaders of promoting education within the arts. If you’re looking for some unique experiences such as poetry readings, physical theatre and question and answer sessions with well renowned creatives from around the world, then visit Rich Mix and get inspired.
Old Truman Brewery
The Old Truman Brewery is based off of Brick Lane and is a repurposed brewery building which is used for a range of venues. This includes its own purpose built art gallery alongside the iconic Rough Trade East, a great venue for those looking to find the best in music on record and live. On top of this you can find the Big Chill Bar alongside a range of other bars and street food sellers, all within the grounds of the Old Truman Brewery.
The Gherkin is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city and spans an amazing 41 stories. For a closer look at the Gherkin, created by Norman Foster in 2001, there are observation decks and tours available around the building, usually used as office space for many prestigious companies. This is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city, and whether you take a look inside or not is definitely worth a closer look due to its unique gherkin shaped design and full glass exterior.
Jack the Ripper tour
The Jack the Ripper Tour takes visitors on a ghostly and grisly trail through the murder scenes of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Renowned experts will give you clues as to the Victorian murderers identity whilst actors will be sure to thrill you. This is also a great way to see some of the unique back streets of East London, previously forgotten but with their own absorbing stories to tell. Whether you’re a Jack the Ripper afficionado or simply want to see more of the city, this is definitely the tour for you.