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Although Shoreditch is now synonymous with the epitome of hipster millennial culture, the area is built on centuries of theatrical heritage, its initial suburban position facilitating the development of what is thought to be first playhouse in England. The Theatre, as it was then titled, is the predecessor to Shakespeare’s Globe, hosting some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, poverty and eventually, the Second World War ravaged Shoreditch, allowing for the restructuration that allowed it to blossom into the creative centre it is today.For those curious to know more, there are frequent walks focusing on the heritage of different sections of the area, such as those organised by walkhackney.co.uk
2. Street Art
As London’s hipster central, Shoreditch is frequently associated with the street art aesthetic, new murals popping up constantly, always creating new material for art lovers and their Instagram feeds. Artists from all over the world have left their mark on Shoreditch’s ever-changing façade, and for this reason the Shoreditch Street Art Tour has become so popular with tourists.
Shoreditch has brought about a new creative economy, creating a haven for creative start-ups, design and digital media companies, to the point where the Old Street roundabout has been dubbed ‘Silicon Roundabout’. On a residential level, the area is very popular with artists and creative types looking to make London a home.
A shipping container sectioned to accommodate a series of pop-up stores and eateries; Boxpark is the heart of Shoreditch High Street and the world’s first pop-up mall, bringing together both indie brands and the likes of Nike. The upstairs area is also buzzing with live music way into the night.
Boxpark @ 2-10 Bethnal Green RdNight Jar @ 129 City Rd
Shoreditch is also known for its eclectic mix of styles, its streets being paved with the quirkiest assortment of clothes. The extremely unique fashion originates from the many vintage markets and the pop-up indie labels around: from Boxpark to Brick Lane, there will be something to cater to all fashion tastes.
The Vintage Market, Block F, Old Truman Brewery
Roof terraces and rock gigs, the nightlife scene is just as diverse as Shoreditch’s general atmosphere. From The Old Blue Last’s alternative rock nights to Queen of Hoxton’s ever-changing events list, the nightlife is buzzing. If you’re looking to tone down the hedonism, there’s a series of concept bars to suit all tastes.
Queen of Hoxton @ 1 Curtain Rd
If it’s Sunday, we’re heading to Columbia Road Flower Market. Foliage and flowers from all over the world inundate the sixty independent shops on the street every weekend. Simple pleasures to nourish the soul.
The lines between nightlife and the live music scene gets blurred in the East End, where venues split their schedule between club nights and gigs. A crowd-favourite is the VICE-owned Old Blue Last, which transitioned from pub frequented by Shakespeare to brothel to live music haven.
Shoreditch’s diversity is also to be noted in the vibrancy of its restaurant scene, importing something from cuisines all over the world. From little chic restaurants dedicated to some faraway tastes, to the curry houses of Brick Lane and food trends such as rainbow bagels, Shoreditch will have it all.
Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St
10. Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market is a traditional market combining antiques, vintage clothes, books and even the occasional street food. From jewellery to printed shirts to someone’s prized heirlooms, Spitalfields Market is one of the most exciting shopping adventures in London. Head down on Thursday and fill your boots with charming vintage and retro finds.