Welcome to the second instalment of our exploration of London. This time we’re going from West all the way across to East. We hope you enjoy exploring London’s Neighbourhoods: Shoreditch edition!
Where: East London
Tube station: Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street
To follow up from the last ‘Exploring London’s Neighbourhoods’ post I thought this time I’d transport you all East, to the now gentrified, super hipster neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Home to Brick Lane and many bearded-man-bun-men. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s always buzzing, you will find it right here amongst the colourful, graffitied streets and quirky coffee shops. I guess you could most easily compare Shoreditch to Williamsburg and Dumbo in New York. Without further a do here’s a list of some awesome places to visit, eat, drink and explore in Shoreditch!
The Breakfast Club – The holy grail of breakfasts, these guys live up to their name. There’s a reason there’s always a queue for brunch!
Albion – They cover all the basics of breakfast staples but their dishes are far from basic. Consistently delicious and well worth a visit.
Dishoom – Breakfast with a Bombay twist. They certainly know how to please a bruncher in pursuit of hearty meal.
Cereal Killer Cafe – The infamous cereal cafe. They have over 120 different types of cereal, 30 different milks and over 20 different toppings. Yes that’s right, if you’re a cereal lover like myself, this is heaven.
Andina – Be sure to head there early to gain a seat on ground level and watch the goings on, on Shoreditch High Street over one of their delectable smoothies and Peruvian style eggs.
Leila’s – Simplistic yet completely delicious is the only way to desrcibe Leila’s. Pop into their delicatessen next door pick up some snacks for later!
Brick Lane Beigel Bake – It may look unassuming from the outside but you’ll find the best salt beef bagels here, typically served up with pickled gherkins. If that doesn’t float your boat then go grab some homemade bread or bagels and enjoy them at home!
Shoreditch Grind – They roast their own beans and they serve up a mean cappuccino. If you’re in need of something stronger they’ve also perfected the Espresso Martini.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe – This is potentially one of my favourite places in London, you’ll have to book ahead but if you’re a cat lover this will be the best afternoon tea you’ve ever had. Play with the resident kitties over tea, coffee and scones.
All Press Espresso Bar – Delicious, artisan coffee. Served to you on long wooden tables in typical Shoreditch chic style. A must visit for any coffee lovers in the area.
Story – Buzzing atmosphere and wafer thin, delicious pizza. A little pricey but well worth it if you’re looking to treat yourself!
Hoxton Grill – As the name may suggest, you’ll be wanting to order something from the grill here. Preferably the steak. With a side of Mac ‘N’ Cheese. They also have a particularly great cocktail list.
Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch – Unlike the atmosphere it’s Notting Hill branch has, Beach Blanket in Shoreditch is decked out with not only awesome interiors but a laid back and fun atmosphere, accompany this with great food and you’re sorted for an evening meal.
Urban Food Fest – If you’re in search of something a little less formal, head to Urban Food Fest, they’re serving up street food from a number of awesomely delicious vans and there’s sure to be at least one that takes your fancy!
Dirty Burger – As the name suggests you’re in for a real treat of a burger here. Expect nothing innocent and indulge yourself.
Tramshed – Super simple, you’ll either be sharing chicken or steak and damn good chicken or steak at that. Oh you’ll also be dining under Damien Hirst’s artwork, it’s a pretty cool place to eat!
Pizza East – You may recognise this one from my recommendations in the Notting Hill Neighbourhood post but they also have one here. If you’re in search of incredible home made pizzas and even better burrata.
Meat Mission – Located in a converted church off Hoxton Square, this will certainly be a different burger eating experience. These burgers are definitely heavenly! So. Damn. Good.
To drink and dance
The Book Club – One of the patrons of the cool-Shoreditch scene. They have my favourite selection of cocktails in the area to order by the glass or jug. Consistently imaginative and never a dull moment. They’re well worth a visit!
Barrio East – There’s a couple of Barrio’s across London. They have a fun atmosphere, nothing crazy but a great place to go with friends for drinks!
Ace Hotel – Drinks with a view! Located inside the super trendy Ace Hotel, you’ll be sure to spot some creative types here whilst lapping up their cocktail list.
The Rooftop at Boundary – This has a more civilised atmosphere. In the winter you’ll find blankets to cosy up in by their heaters, in the summer, enjoy the sunshine’s rays over with a mojito.
The Shoreditch Butchery – Don’t be put off by the name this place, it’s not as gruesome as it sounds! Corrugated metal walls and guaranteed to be busy, it’s a great place to start the night before heading on over to XOYO , located blow them, to dance the rest of the night away!
Queen of Hoxton – A rooftop bar with fantastic cocktails and views over London. I can’t think of many better places to dance a summer night away.
If you’re in search of a market these are a pretty good selection. Old Spitalfields Market, is a little touristy now but it’s worth having a snoop around and maybe stopping for a bite to eat. Columbia Road Market, only on a Sunday will this road transform into a haven of all manner of flowers, with musicians playing, making the whole road feel kind of surreal. Head to Brick Lane Market if you’re in search of some vintage clothing, it can get a little touristy but it’s worth going along just to soak it all up.
Boxpark – A series of ship containers stocking both high street labels and some quirkier finds with a lot of pop-ups to keep you occupied! Great place to find some awesome new brands, products and explore.
Cheeky – A nail and pampering salon with a difference. You can have your nails, hair and everything in between done here. Whilst being pampered you can choose from a cocktail, tea or food menu. It’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon with your girlfriends! Also located in the same building is the Electric Cinema, if you fancy catching a movie on their insanely comfortable sofas.
Hot Tub Cinema – That’s right you heard me, you can watch movies in a hot tub, you could rent one for all your friends or make some new friends in a slightly more err… intimate, manner! Find out screening details here.
To work out
Frame Studios – Anything and everything from yoga, to barre to pilates to High Intensity work outs. You’ll find everything you’re looking for here!
Boom Cycle – If you’re looking for a spin class in Shoreditch, this is the place! You’ll be dripping in no time and leave feeling full of energy.