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A Pocket Guide to Shoreditch, London

East London’s thrumming spirit meets creative dynamism in Shoreditch. We’ve compiled a pocket guide navigating you through the eclectic streets, unveiling its hidden gems, trendy eateries, and cultural hotspots that define its unique charm.


Where to Stay

One Hundred Shoreditch

With 258 stylish guest rooms and an array of entertainment plus dining and imbibing options––including Seed Library, a buzzy, lo-fi basement cocktail bar from master mixologist Mr Lyan––One Hundred Shoreditch promises a spirited stay. The hotel blends modern comfort with a community-focused ethos in the heart of East London.


Where to Eat

Bistro Freddie

At the convergence of classic British and French gastronomy is Bisto Freddie, a cozy, 45-seat setting on Luke Street. Chef Anna Sogaard’s menu celebrates seasonal ingredients with bold mains, shareable pies, and large, perfectly prepared cuts of meat. Each dish is complemented by an all-French wine list curated by Alex Price, which allows diners to delve into France’s diverse wine regions and styles. 

Padella

The team behind Trullo opened the first iteration of Padella in 2016 within Borough Market,  where the focus is hand-rolled pasta and traditional Italian sauces. Four years later, a more traditional sit-down outpost debuted in Shoreditch to the neighborhood’s delight. Everyone who snags a reservation knows they are in for an evening of delicious dishes in an industrial-chic dining room. 


Where to Drink

Lounge Bohemia

Blending molecular mixology with the allure of a speakeasy, Lounge Bohemia stands as a pioneer of London’s mixology renaissance. Located near Shoreditch High Street station, this clandestine cocktail cave was one of the first to integrate molecular mixology into its menu. From Bellini Gummy Bears to “Piña Coladas,” Coral Negroni to “Caviar Snail Eggs,” one “course” is simply not enough. Plan your evening around your visit; reservations are required.


Where to Visit

Spend an afternoon vintage shopping on Brick Lane

Shoreditch is home to some of the best vintage and consignment shops in all of London, and shopping-inclined travelers should anticipate spending hours popping in and out of the storefronts situated along Brick Lane. Be sure to check out the snug, brick-lined Hunky Dory; the ethereal multi-floor, pre-loved designer and concept haven Aro Archive Shop; and the expansive Brick Lane Vintage Market.

Catch live entertainment in a railway arch

For over 15 years, Village Underground has been a hub for cutting-edge music and events, showcasing emerging talents and world-class artists alike. Set in a renovated warehouse marked only by the tube trains on the roof, the venue remains a pillar of East London’s underground nightlife scene.

On Sundays, go to the flower market

Every Sunday, Columbia Road Flower Market bursts to life with a vibrant array of plants and flowers. The breeze carries scents of blooms and lively barrow boys’ chants of “Everythin’ a fiver.” Visitors can peruse everything from flowers imported from far-flung corners of the globe to locally grown treasures.

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