Shoreditch has had a pretty varied past and it still attracts a mixed bag of visitors. From city suits, to bearded bicyclists, to bearded cyclists in suits, whether you are looking for a curry from Brick Lane or an award-winning cocktail, you can probably find it in the EC1&2 postcodes.
Here’s how to spend the ultimate day there:
There’s plenty of places to start your day in Shoreditch, not least one of the many all-day restaurants which act as offices for many – note the plug sockets under every table.
For something more focused on actual breakfast head to Andina. Serving up fresh superfood smoothies, Peruvian street food favourites and updated English classics such as quinoa porridge or Camote Pancakes, the Andes-inspired restaurant is healthy and wholesome.
For something a little more traditional, The Book Club’s small menu offers pancakes, porridge and a full English.
Shoreditch is a place best discovered on foot, and a walk around The Old Truman Brewery reveals some pretty unusual experiences. From galleries you can just wander into, to independent shops selling everything from specialist denim by Son of a Stag to music memorabilia from Rough Trade.
Next, you can take a stroll in search of Shoreditch’s world famous street art. You can book a guided tour with Shoreditch Street Art Tours (bonus points if you take one of their night photography tours), or take yourself round the streets and look out for the Banksy works on Rivington Street.
Whilst you’re on your graffiti tour you’ll notice the huge selection of places to eat. With so many good spots it’s hard to stand out from the crowd, but a Michelin Star will do that for you nicely and lunchtime is the perfect opportunity to sample what The Clove Club and Lyle’s have to offer. With much more affordable a la carte menus and a less formal atmosphere you’ll enjoy Michelin Star food without the worry of a big bill and dress code. For a totally different style of dining, head to Pizza East where you can guarantee a crowd and a decent pizza.
After a hefty lunch, a little light exertion is in order and for the 364 days of the year that the weather isn’t great, Shoreditch has a high percentage of indoor games. For ping pong lovers there’s Bounce, for darts there’s Flight Club and for shuffleboard fans (they exist) there’s The London Shuffle Club.
After a day full of activities, a sit down in an armchair might sound very appealing – and you’ll be obliged at the Electric Cinema. Get there early so you can grab a drink in the bar first, and enjoy your film with a cashmere blanket and a glass of wine in hand.
If you’re after a little more audience interaction, check out the calendar for The Comedy Café Theatre who feature up-and-comers as well as some of the biggest names in comedy.
You might be lucky enough to get a table right away at Burro e Salvia, and if you’re a pasta fan then there’s no other choice for you. If you’re feeling more exotic, Dishoom and On The Bab are good options.
How do you unwind and relax after a long day in Shoreditch? Go for a drink in one of the many award-winning bars of course. From Nightjar to Happiness Forgets, there’s no shortage of places to whet your whistle. If you’re in it for the long haul, however, Shoreditch offers XOYO, Village Underground and The Blues Kitchen where they play live music nearly every night and you’ll find it hard not to hit the dance floor.
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