Some of the best hotels in London can be found in Shoreditch, including The Montcalm at The Brewery or M by Montcalm. But, luxury hotels in London like ours are only a small part of what makes Shoreditch the best place to stay this holiday season. There are also the numerous restaurants serving up Christmas meals, Christmas markets, twinkling fairy lights and yuletide pop-ups to add the necessary merriment to the season.
Shoreditch is an absolute hub of restaurants so there is certainly no shortage of place to eat your Christmas dinner this festive season. However, not everyone has unlimited time to eat their way from one turkey leg to another, so we have selected the best, most unique of the bunch so that the rest is easy for you.
Lyle’s on Shoreditch High Street is an unmissable fine dining experience in the city. The stripped-back dining room offers traditional British food, though they have designed a special Christmas lunch menu alongside the a la carte menu which started 28 November and runs throughout the season. Because the dishes are so seasonal, everything is subject to availability, but rest assured there will always be a delicious alternative if your first choice has just been too popular this festive season. Lyle’s is a Christmas gift to Shoreditch.
Address: Tea Bldg, 56 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JJ
Dishoom is an Indian street food restaurant serving up their trademark spicy flavours all across the city, with a location in Shoreditch on their list. While a Bombay-themed Christmas dinner would not be the first on most people’s minds when listing all their favourite Christmas traditions, Dishoom needs to be the exception to that rule. They will be serving up a Christmas feast by combining traditional dishes like turkey and cranberry sauce, then reimagining it and serving up turkey leg cooked raan style with spicy cranberry chutney. An absolute superstar on their Christmas menu is the chai eggnog… It is as good as it sounds.
Address: 7 Boundary St, Hackney, London E2 7JE
Passo is doing Christmas the Italian way, which is definitely a way you want to be doing things. Their Christmas menu includes dreamy cheese boards, Oxtail Lasagne Fritti, sharing pizzas, Fragolino Orange Pannacotta and much more – you have a wealth of Italian delicacies to choose from that will really remind you how to celebrate in gastronomical style this Christmas.
Address: 80 City Rd, Shoreditch, London EC1Y 2AS
If you find that all of these are swaying too heavily from your idea of a traditional Christmas lunch, Shoreditch-local pubs like The Pride of Spitalfields and The Wenlock Arms are excellent shouts for a roast-dinner kind of set up that will take you back to your childhood.
Address: The Pride of Spitalfields: 3 Heneage St, Spitalfields, London E1 5LJ
The Wenlock Arms: 26 Wenlock Rd, Hoxton, London N1 7TA
Christmas has not yet begun until you have wandered through a Christmas market to the smell of mulled wine, the sound of Christmas carols and local produce to buy your loved ones for Christmas. DIY Art Christmas Market is taking place at Rich Mix, meaning a number of artists will be selling unique artwork which will make for wonderfully bespoke Christmas presents. Spitalfields and Brick Lane Markets are iconic all through the year, but at Christmas, they transform into everything you could possibly ask of a Christmas Market, from the lights and the atmosphere to the music and the food.
Address: Rich Mix: 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
Spitalfield Market: 56 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Brick Lane Market: Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR
If you are unable to spot anything you want to buy or didn’t manage to pick up everything you needed from the markets, then there is nothing to worry about – shopping in Shoreditch is a great experience. You could head to Boxpark, a quirky, independent shopping centre in which both luxury and hipster brands join together in container boxes to sell you bespoke gifts to go under the Christmas tree this year. If you are shopping for the kids, then look no further than Luna & Curious, a quirky, independent department store with an impressive children’s section. From books to rattles, building blocks to colouring utensils, you are bound to find something the children in your life will appreciate.
Address: Boxpark: 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Hackney, London E1 6GY
Luna & Curious: 24-26 Calvert Ave, Shoreditch, London E2 7JP
If the smell of mulled wine doesn’t remind you of Christmas, you have been doing it wrong all this time. The following bars are serving up some of the most delicious festive drinks in the city and they are all on your doorstep in Shoreditch.
Plate Bar and Bake at M by Montcalm make artisanal cakes, bread and pastries by day and are mixing a mean cocktail in the bar by night this season. Not far down the road, you will find Santa Baby!, a pop-up Christmas bar in the arches under the railway lines by the corner of Kingsland Road and Old Street. Their Christmas cocktail bar has been designed to resemble a suburban living room in 1950s America, where the eggnog is flowing and the mulled wine is brewing. Try the mulled champagne and pair it with one of their hot out the oven mince pies – you won’t regret it! But keep in mind it isn’t open on Mondays.
Address: Plate: 151-157 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JH
Santa Baby!: 347 Old Street, EC1V 9LP
Being in London over Christmas-time is always an absolute yuletide treat, and being in Shoreditch when in London only adds to that treat. There is a lot happening in the area this festive season and we have laid them out here for you so that all you need to do is pay them a visit. Whether your focus is the food, the shopping, the drinks or the lights, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this eclectic part of London.