The first thing you’ll notice when exploring Shoreditch is that there are, in fact, no shores or ditches.
Turns out it’s named after an ancient landowning family, the ‘Soerdiches’… which definitely could have ended up as something much worse.
And despite its murky past (plague, squalor, Bedlam, etc.) and grumblings about its future (hipster beards, avocados, avocados with beards), Shoreditch is known as one of London’s most creative, unusual neighbourhoods. Streets are packed with independent boutiques flogging hand-made and artisanal wares. Unmarked doorways lead to award-winning, world-class cocktail bars. Old warehouses are reborn as arenas for crazy golf, shuffleboard and ping pong. There’s a bar that’s just a giant ball pit.
And whether it’s your first time exploring, or you’re returning to find the places that are a little off the beaten track, we’ve got recommendations by the bucketful. So buckle up and pack your avocados – we’re going in.
Pop ups, mini festivals, street food villages, flea markets, and pretty much every sociable, craft beer-fuelled sport under the sun: track down the neighbourhood’s best spots with our guide to Things To Do In Shoreditch
Thai drinking food, Michelin-starred small plates and a critically acclaimed restaurant hidden in an old school bike shed: explore The Best Restaurants in Shoreditch | The Best Restaurants in Spitalfields
A Czech cocktail den beneath a kebab shop, rooftop bars with skyscraper views and the quintessential speakeasy with nightly live jazz: it’s the best bars in Shoreditch.
For many Londoners, there’s no finer place to lay your head after a busy day or night in Shoreditch than the shoulder of the person next to you on the night tube. But if you’re not a London local, there’s an embarrassment of beautiful places to stay in the area: see The Best Hotels in Shoreditch
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