The jury is out when it comes to Shoreditch – it being either the coolest, edgiest neighbourhood in the city or over gentrified and past its sell-by date. I, for one, don’t really care – the artists and hipsters may have moved on to pastures new but it’s still a great place for a wander and there’s always plenty to see…
While locals know the best haunts for the bottomless brunches and crafted beers, the first time visitor to the East End will head for the ‘must do’s’ – Brick Lane and its environs, maybe include the Dennis Severs House or Sunday’s Columbia Road Flower Market, enjoy a bagel or curry for lunch, seek out some of the nearby street art and hunt down that statement piece in a vintage shop or flea market.
Every return visit offers up something new from before – a hidden square or park, back street terraces, classical architecture and listed buildings to look up at, notable gravestones to look down upon, street lights and fittings that you’d never spotted, monuments to famous residents, self explanatory street names and those ever changing cafes, bars, colours and artworks….
….and this is what I found on a recent visit……
(I’m not sure that everything is technically in Shoreditch – I’ve no idea of the neighbourhood boundary – but there or thereabouts in that general area of the city!)
Before you go –
Here are a few more ideas for those of you heading to London soon….