As the creative hub of London’s trendy East End, you’ll never be short of things to do in Shoreditch. Check out our video above for some of our top picks!
Marvel at London’s best street art
Unlike Central London, where most art is found in galleries and museums, the best place to look for visual inspiration in the East End is its streets. We recommend walking up to Shoreditch from Brick Lane to take in some of the area’s most impressive and creative murals, with Redchurch Street and Shoreditch Triangle boasting the best of the bunch. If you’re after a more in-depth experience of East London’s street art scene, the Alternative London Walking Tour offers insightful tours led by local street artists and creatives.
Shop ’til you drop
Shoreditch is a goldmine for one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories, with more independent boutiques and vintage shops than you can shake a stick at. For ultimate cool points, we recommend Blitz London, hailed as the biggest vintage shop in Europe. Brick Lane’s Sunday market offers bargain hunters a mammoth selection of second-hand finds, not to mention incredible street food. For contemporary designers, make your way to Redchurch Street, which also boasts a make-your-own perfume lab (Le Labo).
Enjoy a rooftop film at Pillow Cinema
Why go to your local Cineworld when you could have popcorn, pillows and panoramic views? Pillow Cinema is a rooftop cinema with huge comfortable beanbags, making for a perfect summer evening night out. Operating only in the warmer months, you’ll have to sign up to their mailing list to see what’s on next. Be sure to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Be thoroughly entertained
Shoreditch is full of dedicated art spaces and independent cinemas. Rich Mix is a creative venue offering a platform for emerging artists, comedians and musicians, as well as a cinema. For a more luxurious viewing experience, complete with blankets, comfortable couches and good wine, you must visit Electric Cinema; definitely London’s most indulgent (and comfortable) cinema experience.
Play table football at Bar Kick
Another bar profiting from how fun it is to play table sports, Bar Kick is a football fan’s dream, with large plasma screens showing live sports and a bar packed with foosball tables for half-time fun. Don’t go here if you’re after a quiet drink: the place is usually busy and loud. Feel free to join in with the football chants.
Indulge in street food
As well as its great restaurants, Shoreditch is famous for its street food. Brick Lane, home of much-loved bagel institution Beigel Bake, hosts a huge market every Sunday offering global street food from Canadian poutine to Thai delicacies. On top of their outdoor eateries, there are also enclosed market areas on and around the famous street, from Backyard Market to Sunday Upmarket. Another favourite is Pump Street Food Market, located in an old petrol station. We recommend the J-Dog stall selling delicious Japanese hot dogs.
Party at some of London’s best clubs
Historically, Shoreditch has always been known for its entertainment: once for brothels and theatres, and now for nightclubs and bars. The bigger clubs can be quite expensive, such as Cargo and XOYO, but there are plenty of other options for a cheaper night out. The Book Club is an event space, brunch spot and, most importantly, an affordable and hugely popular spot to let loose on a Friday.
Play tipsy ping pong at Bounce
Bored of bars? Put off pubs? If you’re looking for a more unique – and active – way to socialise, Bounce Ping Pong offers a truly distinctive experience by taking a bar and filling it with ping pong tables. Following the overwhelming success of its flagship venue in Farringdon, its Shoreditch venue opened in 2015. Doubling as a restaurant and offering a great bottomless brunch every Sunday, there’s honestly no point going anywhere else. Bounce has everything you need.
Eat, shop and party at Boxpark
The world’s first popup mall, this shopping/eating/drinking hub made entirely out of shipping containers is certainly one of a kind. Boxpark plays host to some of London’s most popular food pop-ups; CookDaily, an eatery selling vegan dishes from around the world, boasts a cult following, counting Drake and Skepta as regulars. For afters, try Soft Serve Society, a dessert spot selling the infamous freakshakes and plenty of other creative versions of popular desserts. Every Thursday, Boxpark hosts parties from various DJs, festivals and event organisers to let your hair down after a long day of eating and drinking.
Enjoy a coffee in a cool co-working space
Home to numerous tech hubs, Shoreditch has made sure it has plenty of working spaces to accommodate. For free wi-fi, a spacious area to get your head down and a menu of seasonal, healthy grub, we recommend Counter Albion. For the business-minded, try Google Campus London to feel part of the thriving tech world; apart from hosting exciting tech development workshops, this space has a bright basement area perfect for a quick lunch while you work (remember to register online beforehand).
This post was originally written by Madis Kabash, and later updated by Grace Beard.