Famed for being the ‘hipster’ centre of Central London – and sometimes getting an undeserved raw deal because of it – the Shoreditch/ Hoxton area of the capital is absolutely brimming with stylish, on-trend attractions that aren’t just great fun but also unashamedly curl up at the corners. So what should you make a beeline for in this part of town? Here are some suggestions…
How about visiting a piazza where you can hop from one top nightspot to the next without having to walk more than a few steps? Welcome to Hoxton Square, where your evening’s perfectly laid out thanks to the awesome triumvirate that’s Red Dog Saloon, The Breakfast Club and Zigfrid von Underbelly. The former is the place to head to for delicious burgers, while the middle one serves fantastic desserts in the form of fluffy pancakes, while the latter is the bar of dreams on a night out – offering cool cocktails and more with a truly idiosyncratic decor.
Queen of Hoxton
(1 Curtain Road EC2A 3JX)
Alternatively, this watering hole makes for a perfect and rather unique venue for a night out. Blessed with a roof garden in which to wallow in those rays in the late summer, it also serves up some tasty beverages and its interior’s filled to brimming with other diversions – everything from a retro arcade game machine to a ping pong table and even a mini club in the basement. Who could ask for more – especially if you’re staying nearby at the Montcalm Shoreditch?
(The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL)
So much for the evening, but what about a day spent in the area during your stay at the 5 star hotels London? Where can you while away the hours before the place comes alive at night-time? Well there’s always this absolutely essential old-school music record emporium – it also boasts a great coffee roast, a quality book section and, if you’re lucky, live music gigs too.
This Shop Rocks
(131 Brick Lane E1 6SE)
And who could pass up this fantastically random, ramshackle retail paradise? One of the finest antiques shops you’re ever likely to come across – basically because it’s a beautiful mess – you have to step inside and sample its delights to truly get the idea; all teddy bears propped up between tea cups, books, desk lamps and assorted bric-a-brac. It’s a delight.
Columbia Road Flower Market
(Columbia Road E2 7RG)
The capital’s major flower market – even if it’s only open on Sundays – this is the place to come to spruce up your room at your Shoreditch hotel (should you feel it needs it!) – as it’s over-spilling with stalls selling plants, flowers, garden fittings and gardening equipment; all of them, of course, at thoroughly reasonable prices.
(2-10 Bethnal Green Road E1 6GY)
Finally, if you’re in the mood for serious shopping, this is the place to head to, all right – it’s retail heaven; Shoreditch-style. That’s to say, it offers a genuine off-kilter hipster slant on the traditional shopping mall; how so? Well, its many and various shops are housed in one-time shipping containers. Yes, really. But don’t let that discourage you – for those who are unsure! – because this is an attraction offering up great, cool brand outlets like Gap, Decorum and Kiehl’s, as well as tasty street food stops like Porky’s BBQ, Voodoo Ray’s (for NYC-style pizza) and the fantastic Dum Dum Donutterie. Yum!