Boasting some of London’s most fashionable bars and clubs in the vicinity of one of the capital’s most important transport hubs, it’s no surprise that Liverpool Street is one of the most buzzing areas of the city. While the area has a reputation as a hipster haven, it’s overflowing with enough varied character to offer something for everyone, from the independent shops and venues to slinky bars and street food festivals.
This area is certainly a foodie’s idea of heaven, with the innumerable curry houses of Brick Lane just a stone’s throw from the trendy pubs and pop-up restaurants of Shoreditch High Street. There’s no shortage of nightspots, either, with some of London’s best music venues and most fashionable bars populating the area around Old Street and Shoreditch.
Lovers of architecture will also find plenty to entertain them in this part of town, with some of the most iconic features of London’s skyline, including 30 St. Mary Axe – otherwise known as the Gherkin – dotting the area. In fact, that’s one of the most exciting things about Liverpool Street – it’s where London’s thriving financial hub meets one of its most exciting cultural hotspots. Other quirky and noteworthy buildings in the area include the Lloyd’s Building, famed not just as a financial hub but for its unique ‘inside-out’ architecture, and 20 Fenchurch Street, known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ for its distinctive shape.
Liverpool Street has a long and colourful history. Named for the 19th century Prime Minister Lord Liverpool, it has survived the ravages of two World Wars, and constant redevelopment has seen it become one of the capital’s leading railway stations. Liverpool Street’s place in the cultural heart of the nation has long been ensured by its inclusion as one of the four railway stations on the Monopoly board.Our selection of luxurious hotels near Liverpool Street will see you in the thick of the action in this exciting area of London.
Activities and sites of interest in the Liverpool Street area include Petticoat Lane Market, which has been operating since it was the place to go for petticoats and lace in the 1750s and now offers any number of new goods from trainers to kitchen utensils. Another market not to be missed is Spitalfields Market, where stalls include vintage and contemporary fashion, music and jewellery; there are also a range of boutiques and restaurants in the market itself. When you’ve had your fill of the urban buzz, head to Bunhill Fields, an oasis of greenery as well as the resting place of maverick luminaries William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe. Other sites of historical interest include Wesley’s Chapel, built by the Methodist John Wesley in 1778, and the Bank of England Museum, which chronicles the history of this towering economical institution.