Shoreditch is known for its creative vibe and artistic community. The area surrounding Shoreditch is a reflection of this and is filled with incredible galleries and unique boutiques, many of them regarded as well-kept secrets by savvy Londoners. We've compiled this quick guide to help make sure you find some of the very best hidden gems during your stay with us...
Old Nichol Street
A pioneering gallery space set up during the early 2000s, Kate MacGarry represents many of the area’s most exciting artists across varying visual media, including some fascinating fine art and video artworks sure to impress guests at the Montcalm Royal London.
Hundred Years Gallery
Highlighting the work of some of London's youngest artistic talent, this venue is downright experimental in its approach, with regular calls for new work which will feature in upcoming group exhibitions. In addition to the visual art on display, there's also a notable music Program on offer with weekly concerts.
Run entirely by artists, this non-profit gallery and artistic space was first established in 2003. It has an unassuming entranceway, providing an apt camouflage for the array of colour and design which greets visitors once they're there. The venue has an international focus with linked galleries throughout Europe.
Aubin & Wills
A quintessentially Shoreditch-style store if ever there was one, Aubin & Wills is a combination of a shop, a gallery and a small, luxurious cinema – all in one space. Run in conjunction with British artists, the area capitalize on Shoreditch creative vibe and runs with it, providing a one-stop shop for all things arty, all under one roof.
This noted venue is created entirely from shipping containers, and houses an array of fascinating boutiques perfect for curious minds staying nearby at the Montcalm Royal London House. From well-known brands to start-ups, there's something for everyone to enjoy, with plenty of indie labels making the most of the space.
Another non-profit venue, this space is dedicated to art from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia, bringing these works to an eager UK audience. There're plenty of events, talks and exhibitions throughout the year as Calvert 22 seeks to engage with fans of everything from film to architecture and photography.
Stocking tons of delightfully eccentric goods, this petite boutique is filled with vintage glamour, homewares and gift ideas – ideal for grabbing a present for loved ones or a memento of your trip to the city. There are lots of unusual items too and the shop is a great place to pass time browsing.
Labour & Wait
With retro styles galore, Labour & Wait stocks items which would have once been household staples, allowing patrons to create a distinctly vintage-style aesthetic for their own properties. This is a great space to pick up some real retro finds or develop a timeless look and feel for the home.