Looking for an authentic and unique place to stay at during your trip to London? We’ve got just the place.
Shoreditch, in North London, is a laid-back part of the city which is the perfect base for your next trip to London. With a close proximity to all Central London attractions, you’ll be right in the middle of it all in Shoreditch. But, what makes this borough so great is that it is not your stereotypical touristy London destination; Shoreditch has heart, soul and a whole lot of attitude. Explore the quirky bustling markets, the busy shopping high-streets, the underground art galleries and the vast array of bars and restaurants that Shoreditch has to offer during your next trip to London.
Today we’re going to show you some of top things to do during your trip to Shoreditch. Say hello to your next London destination!
1. Amazing Street Art Hub
Are you an avid art lover? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Shoreditch is famous for its eclectic array of street art that uses the city as it’s canvas. There are several independent art galleries dedicated to harnessing the colours, the artistic concepts and the societal messages of Shoreditch’s graffiti scene. When walking through Shoreditch, keep your eyes open for any Banksy’s… his political rat stencils can be seen scurrying all over the streets of North London. One of the most famous streets for graffiti in Shoreditch is Brick Lane. It is rumoured that the British street art scene started right here on the corners of Brick Lane. It’s a gorgeous street covered in mesmerising satirical cartoons, homages to pop culture and dystopian visions of the future.
During your next visit to London, why not take an art tour around the streets of Shoreditch?
2. Fantastic Flower Markets
It doesn’t matter if you’re a flower fan or not, Shoreditch’s Columbia Road Flower Market is a colourful explosion ready to tantalise and excite. Take a trip through this floral paradise and savour the sweet smells of this gorgeous market in North London. This market is open every Sunday from 8am – 3 pm, making it a perfect weekend activity. The Columbia Road Flower Market is not only home to hundreds of different types of flowers… you will also find cute cupcake shops, independent clothes shops, delis, pubs and restaurants. Sounds pretty impressive! The Columbia Road Flower Market is a great place to relax and unwind and soak in all the colours of the world.
3. Cool bars
There are several cool and trendy bars in Shoreditch where you can grab a quick pint or indulge in a specialist cocktail. We’ve decided today to focus on the Queen of Hoxton – a bar, restaurant and gallery all in one! During the summer months we’d recommend taking advantage of the Queen of Hoxton’s colourful rooftop beer garden. If you’re lucky they may be doing one of their famous BBQs! The Queen of Hoxton also hosts incredible gigs. During your next trip make sure to check out their star-studded line up. Previous acts have included Miles Kane, Tom Odell, Gold Panda, as well as a wealth of incredible emerging artists.
The Queen of Hoxton is only one of immense number of cool and trendy bars that you’ll find in Shoreditch. Take time out to explore the eclectic range of bars around North London during your next stay.
4. Free museums
London is brimming with lots of weird and wonderful museums that you should take full advantage of during your next London adventure. Shoreditch, for example, is home to The Geffrye, The Museum of the Home. This free museum explores the constantly changing aesthetic of ‘the home’ from the 1600s to present day. These intricately designed and curated rooms are surrounded by breathtakingly gardens that you can also explore. Travel through time as you venture through this unique museum experience. Each room is laid out to fully encapsulate the feeling of every era and fully engulfs you into the past. This a wonderful must-visit attraction like no other.
5. Local Tours
Our guide to Shoreditch is pretty good… but if you want to discover all the sights and sounds of this hip and trendy part of London, we’d recommend going on one of Shoreditch’s tours. These tours will help you fully realise the individuality of this unique London borough, whilst showing you all the tops places to go and things to do. Tours are a great way to meet people and get to know your local area!
6. Great hotels
Shoreditch is filled with some of the best luxury hotels in London. They aren’t like your stereotypical ‘luxury hotels’ – they aren’t huge anonymous buildings boasting sleek style over substance. We’ve showcased several times throughout this article that Shoreditch is a borough famous for its authenticity, creativity and soul – the London city suites are no different. The Montcalm Brewery Hotel on Chiswell Street is a great example of a Shoreditch hotel. Why? The Montcalm has everything you could possibly need to enjoy during your trip to London. Expect exceptional services, plush surroundings and state-of-the-art amenities, and all served with a friendly smile. The Montcalm will provide you with a unique hotel experience like no other.
Ready to Explore Shoreditch?
And there you have it, a quick and easy guide on some of the best things to do around Shoreditch… and this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are a vast number of activities to do and things to explore during your time in Shoreditch that we haven’t even touched upon! For example, there is the Box Park, The Orange Buffalo, This Shop Rocks, Rough Trade – and several other bars, restaurants, galleries and other iconic places to explore in Shoreditch. There’s so much to say and so little time to say it – what we can say is this… Shoreditch is a colourful, cutting-edge borough bursting with energy, youth and creativity, ready to excite and inspire. Enjoy your trip to North London.