All of my friends here in London have quickly learned how much I love Shoreditch. As it tends to be the only place I ever suggest to go in London on nights or days out, they’ve all started making fun of my love for it.
It was actually the very first place I had a night out when I came to London. But that isn’t the only reason I love it so much. There actually is a method to my madness.
So in order to prove that I don’t just love it for the sake of it, here are ten reasons why Shoreditch is my favourite place to go in London:
Really Great Food
I’ve been to many places in Shoreditch now and I have yet to experience a bad meal. If you want something classy and expensive, they’ve got it. If you want something hipster or artisanal, they’ve got it. If you want street food, or fast food, it’s there.
On a very drunken night out, we made it to a Turkish place that had the absolute best Turkish wrap that has ever been made. And we’ve never been able to find it. I had no idea where I was, and the people I was with couldn’t remember anything. And we’ve been on a mission – for almost two years now – to find this place and have another wrap.
And now I’ve gotten myself very hungry. But believe me, there’s a billion food options.
I’ve heard a lot about the street art in Shoreditch and have seen many pictures, but it’s not until recently that I actually managed to see some of it and get some amazing pictures myself.
And it’s actually made me realise how much more there is to it. There’s many different street art tours you can go on, which I may just need to do sometime.
If it is my favourite neighborhood in London, I really should get to know it well, eh?
Shoreditch is in the East End of London. And the East End of London has come a very long way. In the 1800s, it used to be where the plebs lived. I’m talking about prostitutes and families who had nothing. The people who lived there got by on earning very little. It was a different time back then.
So the East End used to have a very bad rep and wasn’t a very highly sought after place to go in London.
Now that neighborhoods like Shoreditch is poppin’, it’s really become such a beautiful place. And it seriously reminds you how much potential cities have to change.
For someone who is from Michigan who grew up with cities like Flint and Detroit, it gives you hope that they can eventually turn out into something way better than what they are. However, we’re talking about London here, not the murder capitals of the U.S. LOL
Super Cute Buildings and “Instagrammable” Hot Spots
Fair enough. Holy Shot is technically in Bethnal Green, but whatever. It’s basically on the border and it gives you a very good idea of what I’m talking about.
Yes, I said it. Shoreditch is Instagram famous for a reason. From coffee shops like Paper & Cup and Holy Shot Cafe to boutiques and all the food, you can’t walk far without being able to take a good picture of something.
If I need some content for the blog, sometimes I get the train to London Liverpool St and start walking to Shoreditch. I mosy along on streets and take some photos for inspiration.
You will soon realise that the majority of my London pictures come from Shoreditch. Screw Notting Hill guys. We’ve all seen the coloured houses. Let’s talk Shoreditch now, k?
BoxPark and Dinerama – STREET FOOD
I know I already mentioned food in a separate point, but I need to stress these two places.
I am a huge fan of street food. I love the options and the scenery and I don’t know. One of my favourite parts of cities is being able to get little tasters of different foods from different places. I’m one of those people who loves options. I love to order 5 different things at once.
BoxPark is so cool because it’s made from shipping containers. Inside each container is a little shop. It’s mostly food related, but they also have retail shops. I’ve been there a few times but the only thing I’ve been able to eat is from Soft Serve Society. I got a charcoal coconut ice cream cone and it was glorious. See above photo… Now that’s love.
On my way back to the train once, I saw these guys eating pizza at one of the shops and I almost drooled. So it’s my mission to go back there and try the pizza.
I have yet to go to Dinerama, but it’s been on my mind for a year or so. I have failed miserably as I’ve made many attempts to go. But one day I will get there! I’ve heard amazing things. Everyone who goes loves it and it’s always included on articles and London based blogs so I definitely need to hit it up sometime soon.
Relatively Fair Prices
Like I’ve said above, if you want pricey, they’ve got that. But if you’re looking for reasonable, you can always find that in Shoreditch. I’ve been to enough places where you can get a lunch for £15 a person. Of course, if you’re drinking alcohol that’s a different story. But that’s true literally anywhere unless you’re in a manky pub 4 hours north of London.
However, I found a place called Barrio in Shoreditch that does £5 cocktails during their happy hour on weekends which is practically unheard of. They always have really fun music and their food is amazing.
I am Barrio’s biggest fan and always try to go there on a night out. Honestly, ask anyone. I’m like their PR person.
It’s Easy to Get To
Ok yeah, this may not be true for all of you, but it is for me.
The train line I live on goes straight to London Liverpool St. From there, it’s just a 5-10 minute walk to Shoreditch which makes this an ideal place for me to go out as it doesn’t require any tube line changes. And during nice weather, it’s a breeze.
But there are still many train and tube stations close to Shoreditch so no matter where you are, it is very possible for you to get there easily with public transportation.
I say this because there’s never been a time in Shoreditch where I’ve felt seriously annoyed about the people there. Generally speaking, the people in Shoreditch are Londoners as there aren’t really any of the famous London “sights.” This makes it ideal if you don’t want to be with people who are stopping to take pictures, have no idea where they’re going, and just genuinely constantly in your way.
If you want that, go to Oxford St. It’s literally the worst, or the best. I don’t know what you’re in to.
But not Shoreditch. No no.
And the crowd is relatively young adult. I’d say 20s-30s usually. And I’ve never found rowdy people. Or, rather, rowdier than other places. Ok maybe I’ve had my alcohol goggles on, but I’ve always been relatively pleased with the crowds.
It’s Quite Safe
This goes hand in hand with the above one. I have never felt scared or worried in Shoreditch. There are always people around so it’s never really creepy. There’s live music at night sometimes. There’s crowds, but not annoying ones.
I’m sure there’s theft and crimes on occasion, because it’s a big city and that’s everywhere, but I’ve never personally felt scared or worried. And that’s saying something considering the amount of times I’ve been in Shoreditch at night.
Always a Good Time
And last, but certainly not least, Shoreditch is always a good time. I bring groups of friends here for nights out. My birthday night was spent in Shoreditch. Duh. I bring my girlfriends here for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and days out in the city. I go here on my own looking for beautiful cafes and boutiques.
I’ve just never been unimpressed because there’s lots to do and see and eat and drink, and honestly that’s all I’m ever really looking for in London.
Whether you’re reading this because you’re new to London, you’re planning to travel to London, or you live in London and want to know why I’m so obsessed with Shoreditch, I hope I’ve convinced you why Shoreditch can be so amazing.
If any of you have any specific questions that you’d like to ask, please feel free to leave a comment. If you are planning to travel to London, I’d highly suggest you spend some time in this neighborhood!
If any of you have lots of experience in Shoreditch and can offer other recommendations for food, drinks, or anything fun, please feel free to leave a comment. Obviously, I’d love to have more reasons to love this place!