6 Things That Make Shoreditch London’s Most Exciting Neighbourhood

Shoreditch London

A haven of vintage shops, street food, art, and unique cinemas, it's not hard to see why Shoreditch is considered one of London’s quirkiest locations. From concept bars to restaurants with unusual experiences, this buzzing area has it all. Look at our guide on what to do in Shoreditch and its surroundings and discover what’s given the neighbourhood its cool-contemporary reputation.

Explore London’s Oldest Flower Market

If you visit Shoreditch on a Sunday, chances are you’ll run into crowds of people holding bouquets and small plants in their hands. They have all been to Columbia Road Flower Market! See market traders selling flowers, houseplants, shrubs, and herbs line the narrow streets of the neighbourhood.

As one of the oldest flower markets in London, it's worth shopping around. Grab a bunch of flowers or two and head towards the side streets to find some of the best shisha lounges in Shoreditch along with vintage stalls, small galleries and more.

Watch a Film at an Independent Cinema 

Close-Up is a fiercely independent arthouse cinema in London, showing a great range of films in its 40-seat digital and 35mm equipped cinema. Located just off Brick Lane and moments away from the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, the cinema also features an extensive library of 20,000 DVDs. Catch a brilliant film here and browse its DVD library, spanning everything from classics to experimental films.

Browse Redchurch Street

A fashion lover’s paradise, Redchurch Street is peppered with clothing boutiques, hidden cocktail and coffee spots and eclectic homeware shops. Browse everything from contemporary clothing to candles, scents, stationary and classic enamel kitchenware for a unique shopping experience.

Explore the Truman Brewery

Once the largest brewery in London, the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane has transformed into a one-stop shopping and dining destination. It's home to independent stores, distinctive markets, galleries, bars, and restaurants, easily accessible from our Finsbury Square hotel. Visit the former brewery any day of the week and you’ll discover a vinyl records market, street food markets, an arts and crafts fair, secret gigs, and exhibitions set up here.

Go Vintage Shopping in Brick Lane 

If you go vintage shopping in Brick Lane, it's unlikely that you’ll leave empty-handed. You’ll find yourself spending hours rummaging through unique finds at its numerous vintage shops. The Brick Lane Vintage Market is a treasure trove of clothing from the 90s. Whether you’re hunting one-of-a-kind jewellery or a curated selection of vintage designer classics and upcycled items, you’ll find a shop for it in Brick Lane.

Go on a Shoreditch Pub Crawl 

One of the most iconic ways to experience London’s nightlife scene is to go on a Shoreditch pub crawl. This tour will take you on a legendary journey through some of the area's best pubs including underground live music joints, graffiti-inspired pubs, shimmering nightspots and more. Learn about the background of each stop you make from an expert guide and enjoy amazing deals on drinks throughout the evening.

When visiting London, a trip to Shoreditch in east London is one of the best things to do in the city! It has so much in store for people of all interests and is home to an eclectic array of attractions, that represent a fresh and dynamic side of London.