The Old Street area of East London is a must-see location. Old Street has everything from its rich culture to amazing food to beautiful art. Both travelers and locals love Old Street for its fun-filled attractions, vibrant communities, and fascinating history.
Below is a list of the 10 reasons why we love Old Street and why you will love it too!
Old Street is known for its large amounts of amazing restaurants, in which all contain great service, amazing food, and are in prime locations. Some of our favorite restaurants include:
-Meatmission → located at 15 Hoxton Market, London EC1Y 2AA
-Ceviche → located at 14 City Rd, London EC1Y 2AA
-Breddos Tacos → located at 82 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DB
-Fish Central → located at 149-155 Central St, King Square, London EC1V 8AP
-Clove Club → located at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT
From morning to night, Old Streets got you covered. Filled with delicious coffee shops and fun and hip pubs, Old Streets got it all. Some of our favorite places for a nice drink include:
-Look Mum! No Hands (coffee) → located at 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX
-Fix (coffee) → located at 161A Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JL
-Friends of Ours (coffee) → located at 61 Pitfield St, Hoxton, London N1 6BU
-Old Fountain (pub) → located at Baldwin St, London EC1V 9NU
-Nuala Bar (bar) → located at 70-74 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ
Dating back to the thirteenth century, Old Street is an area of London undoubtedly steeped in history. Once home to the city’s elite, expansion and overpopulation forced those stricken by poverty into the suburbs – thus prompting the migration of the affluent to the West. In the years to come, Old Street and the surrounding areas (Shoreditch, Hoxton, Clerkenwell) grew to be increasingly creative and desirable, due in part to an abundance of influential writers, poets, artists and designers who began to reside there – inspired by the bohemian and culturally rich surroundings. Today, the area has become saturated by new and established tech firms, earning the name ‘Silicone Roundabout’ as a nod to California’s Silicone Valley. Over three hundred technological firms proudly call the area home, with an international reputation as the heart of innovation and progress. With the historic Bunhill Fields, Brutalist masterpiece - The Barbican and food haven Whitecross Street on our doorstep, we're truly blessed to live and work in an area which has been shaped by such a rich and cultural history.
Old Street is filled with creativity. With art galleries all around town and the alluring street art, there is no dull part of Old Street. The art galleries we know and love include:
-Pure Evil Gallery → located at 108 Leonard St, London EC2A 4XS
-RedGalleryldn → located at 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT
Also, make sure to keep an eye out for the street art that is on walls all over the city!
Want a good laugh? Of course you do! Check out some hilarious comedy clubs around Old Street. Our favorites include:
-The Book Club → located at 100-106 Leonard St London EC2A 4RH
-Angel Comedy Club → located at 39 Queens Head Street, London, N1 8NQ
Old Street is filled with beautiful, old, churches. They all have unique and magnificent architecture. Make sure to look out for our favorite ones:
-Saint Luke's church → located at 161 Old St, London EC1V 9NG
-St John the Baptist, Hoxton → located at Pitfield St, Hoxton, London N1 6NP
The tech hub on Old Street is very big. It is known as The Silicon Roundabout. The term Silicon Roundabout refers to the high number of tech businesses located near the Old Street Roundabout (also in East London). It is called that in reference to Silicon Valley in California. The growth in tech and business is just another thing that makes Old Street so fascinating.
Old Street is a vibrant hotspot for fresh startups and intelligent, hip, young people. This aspect to the area adds a new feel to the area, creating a more futuristic vibe. Some of the startups that are doing good now include:
-Supercarers – ProperCorn, 41 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SG
-JukeDeck – Tech Hub, 20 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AR
-Settled – 35 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA
-Lyst – 48 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB
-Grabble – iHorizon, 110 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HT
Whitecross St Market
Whitecross Street Market is a weekday food market found on Whitecross St, spanning most of the area between Barbican and Old Street. Whitecross Street has an amazing selection of freshly cooked dishes all year round. The wide variety of high quality food is what draws so many city workers back for lunch each day. Make sure to try some of the delicious foods that are offered, you won’t regret it!
The Regent’s Canal is one of London’s best-kept secrets. It’s a peaceful haven, often hidden by surrounding buildings. It was built to link the Grand Junction Canal Paddington Arm, which opened in 1801, with the Thames at Limehouse. Today, it is well-loved by many. Boaters, walkers and cyclists all get great use out of the Regent’s Canal. Looking to get a great experience? Make sure to visit the Regent’s Canal! Want to get an even better experience? Check out the Canal & River Cruises to get the ultimate canal tour with your friends and/or family.