East London is a fascinating place to visit and is described as the cultural epicentre of London. Two popular neighbourhoods in the area are Hoxton and Shoreditch a stroll away from the Old Street Tube Station. There is plenty to see and do in the area with Shoreditch offering an exciting number of attractions for visitors to explore on a trip to the area.
Foodies will love visiting the restaurants & bars in Shoreditch, as the place also offers some of the coolest nighttime entertainment in town.
Guests staying at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch will be overwhelmed by the number of things to do and places to visit in the area. We have drawn up a list of a few popular places to explore on your tour of Shoreditch.
The Brick Lane beigels: If you want to test the best bagels this side of the Atlantic then Brick Lane is the place to visit. They offer the most delectable salt beef bagels with a number of spots serving the delicacy in the area. Two of the best in Brick Lane is the Beigel Bake and Beigel Shop with visitors still undecided as to which of the two is better. The best advice is to visit and try them both. Both of them open 24/7 and are the ideal places to visit for a bite after a night of clubbing.
Queen of Hoxton: If you are looking out to enjoy a night of fabulous entertainment then head out to the Queen of Hoxton located on Curtain Road. The venue offers a variety of entertainment catering to all types of tastes with retro-arcade games, a mini-club, a roof restaurant, ping-pong and a whole lot of fun. If you want to spend a fantastic night out with the mates the Queen of Hoxton is where all the action is!
Hoxton Square: If you want to try something crazy try visiting three places on a single night! The only pre-condition is to ensure you have an empty stomach when you leave the hotel. Start with a trip to the Red Dog a saloon that serves amazingly juicy burgers and later follow it up with a visit to the Breakfast Club that churns out soft juicy pancakes with a topping of crispy bacon. The third place is Zigfrid von Underbelly that serves out the coolest drinks in a striking interior with a warm ambience. It will be one heck of a night to remember!
The Orange Buffalo: For the best buffalo wings in town try the Orange Buffalo situated in the Truman Brewery Car Park. They offer four distinctive levels of sauce, with the top layer consisting of the Original and the bottommost layer, the fiery Viper. The food is so good that they always have a clutch of return customers.
Rough Trade: A short distance from the Truman Brewery lies the Mecca for music lovers called Rough Trade. For those who enjoy their music and an invigorating cup of coffee, Rough Trade is the place to hang out at.
This Shop Rocks: IF you like to shop at a place that is methodical and neatly laid out then you better pass the opportunity to visit this place to shop. The reason is that the store arranges everything sold here in a cluttered collection of items. Do not be shocked to find toys among cutlery and books among other oddities. However, despite the disorganised appearance the place offers some real gems if you know where to look.
Columbia Road Flower Market: One of the most beautiful flower markets in the world Columbia Flower Market is a must-visit if you love flowers and gardening. Whether you just plan to browse through the boutiques and shops in the area or intend to keep busy photographing the beautiful sights it will be a wonderful experience. You would be tempted to buy some gorgeous flowers for sure!
Boxpark: If you are familiar with the term jack of all trades then Boxpark epitomises the statement. The entire area is scattered with an assortment of fabulous shops like Gap and Decorum, Kiehl’s and other great places. They also have some of the finest food joints in the area like Porky’s BBQ, Dum Dum Donutterie, Voodoo Ray’s and lots more of exciting places to grab a bite. It is a scaled-down version of Westfield in a way.
Marvel at London’s best street art: While in Central London, art is found at the museums and art galleries, you will find the best of street art also called graffiti on the streets of the East End. A good way to enjoy the marvellous display of this art form is to join a London Walking Tour conducted by local street artists and artsy types familiar with the area. Some of the best spots to catch a glimpse of the finest street art is to take a stroll from Shoreditch to Brick Lane home to some of the most striking creations. Two other spots famous for their exceptional street art are Shoreditch Triangle and Redchurch Street.
Old Spitalfields Market: Another one of the popular street markets in London is the Old Spitalfields Market that offers a diverse array of ranging from home-wares to antiques and lots more of stuff. It is popular both with locals and visitors who come to browse and shop in the markets. There are plenty of eateries as well in the area, so once done shopping you could grab a delicious meal in the area. If you love burgers try one of the finest burger joints in town at Bleecker Street.
Shop to your heart’s content: Shoreditch is a delightful place to shop for unique items and accessories ranging from independent antique stores to boutiques and lots more. One of the best spots to shop at in the area is Blitz London regarded as the largest vintage store in the whole of Europe. Also, try the Sunday Market at Brick Lane that offers some of the coolest bargains. If you are in the Redchurch Street area drop in a Le Labo to create your own bespoke perfume.