Golden Lane Estate in London was developed after the Blitz in World War II, and was designed via a competition, with plenty of architects sending in designs during the early fifties. Now, Golden Lane Estate is still a council housing estate, right in the heart of the City, and is surrounded by interesting things to see and places to go.
Fortune Street Park
Fortune Street Park is named after the old Fortune Theatre that used to stand here; the theatre aimed to rival Shakespeare’s Globe. It did, in one way, by burning down before being rebuilt in brick. The diarist Samuel Pepys even mentions it as a place of high repute.
When the theatre was dismantled by the Puritans, it gave its name to the street. Although other buildings were constructed here, they were bombed during the Blitz. It was decided Fortune Street should become a park, and it was laid out in the 60s.
It’s still winning awards—it got the Green Flag in 2006. There’s a children’s play area—perfect if you’re staying close by with family at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch—and an edible community garden.
London College of Fashion
If you’re into clothing, keep an eye on the London College of Fashion website for news of their latest open day or any general tours. You can also see astonishing student fashion in their showcases, which you can visit in person with a ticket or watch online via their livestreams or Instagram.
Staying close by at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch? You should go to one of their industry leader talks or Gallery Space Exhibitions.
Barbican Theatre and Barbican Centre
Close by is the Barbican, a world-class arts and learning centre. They have a cinema showing the films you wouldn’t be able to see in your local Odeon, an astonishing art gallery, and showcase theatre and dance from places as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company or the National Theatre. Come here for a chance to see incredible culture or see what’s on.
Go for a meal in Finsbury Square
The Finsbury Square restaurants available include Italian cuisine, European meals, and even a restaurant so full of delicious meals that its Canadian-born chef has been awarded an MBE for services to the restaurant industry.
London is never short of a decent restaurant, and Finsbury Square has more than its fair share.
Tour Roman London
London was a Roman fortress called Londinium long before it became the bustling capital we know today. Around the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch you can actually see parts of the real Roman wall and gate that would have been used to repel invaders and welcome friendly soldiers. The City of London has tried to keep the wall in good shape and visitors can follow large sections of it all through the city even today.
Why not start at the gate and then follow where the wall takes you? You’re sure to discover some surprises about London on your way.