Neighbourhood Guide: Old Street London


Old Street is without a doubt one of London's best-hidden gems. Featuring an array of evening entertainment, trendy bars and great shopping opportunities, this area of the city also hosts plenty of places for visitors to get a peek into the social history of some of London's ex-residents from a bygone era.

Strategically located near Shoreditch and trendy Hoxton, guests staying at the Montcalm Royal London House will be amazed at the number of great attractions located right on their doorstep, so read on to discover a little more about the Old Street area and what it has to offer visitors using our Old Street Hotel as their base.

Things to Do in Old Street

Part of the Shoreditch district, Old Street is simply packed to the hilt with trendy bars featuring live music, up and coming DJs and nightclubs open into the small hours of the morning.

Hip cocktail bars and trendy gin lounges add to the party feel of this area, so there’s plenty of places to enjoy a night on the tiles when you stay at our Old Street hotel.

There's also plenty of opportunities to splash the cash on Old Street thanks to the array of independent boutiques and quirky retailers that line the bustling street showcasing the latest wares for homegrown designers.

Attractions in Old Street

If partying ‘til dawn and flexing the plastic fantastic isn’t on your agenda during your stay at the Montcalm Royal London House, then there are plenty more attractions on offer at Old Street.

From the Geffrye Museum with its focuses on the changing style of English domestic interiors from the 1600s to the present, to Dennis Severs' House, the previous residence of a family of Huguenot silk weavers that gives an exceptional insight into the 18th century lives of the property owners, there’s plenty of places to see for history lovers.

If art is more your thing, then you’ll be spoilt for choice during your stay at our Old Street hotel as the area is simply brimming with fantastic art galleries!

From up and coming artists to contemporary pieces to adorn your home, make sure you save some cash as you’re certain to find a piece of artwork that you’ll want to take back with you as a memento of your time in London.

If you’re bringing the whole family along and fancy stretching your legs during your stay, then Hackney City farm is located just twelve minutes away on foot from the Montcalm Royal London House and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Housing a petting zoo including sheep, calves and donkeys, the children can enjoy some time getting closer to nature while the adults discover more about this historic farm – it’s been in the same urban location since the 1800s.

Shopping and Markets in Old Street 

Serious shoppers staying at the Montcalm Royal London House won’t believe their luck when they venture into nearby Old Street. Featuring a plethora of independent fashion designers and quirky boutiques, if you’re looking for something you won’t find in any high street store or just love uncovering up and coming new fashion brands, then Old Street is the place to be!

For those seeking something with a more artisan or vintage feel, the Sunday market at nearby Brick Lane is a must-visit. Filled with bargain hunters browsing the stalls, all of which are packed with retro clothing, collectables, handmade wares and even furniture, anything goes on Brick Lane Market so be prepared to have a good rummage to uncover some treasures at a great price.

There’s always a great vibe around the Old Street and Brick Lane areas on market day, so take your time browsing the stalls and enjoy the street artists adding to the sights and sounds of this thriving area.

Parks, gardens and green spaces

If you’re looking to escape the throngs of crowds that line every city street, then there are plenty of places located just a short stroll away from our Old Street hotel.

Nearby Finsbury Square is a beautifully maintained green space that plays host to outdoor music and sports events during the summer months and is an excellent place for the little ones to let off some steam on the immaculate lawned areas while the grown-ups relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere.

Take a seat on one of the benches while you enjoy an ice cream and listen to one of the many street performers play as you soak up some sunshine.

Kings Square Gardens is also close by and includes a children’s play area and sandpit, so it’s a great place to relax and unwind for a few hours during the warmer months. The gardens are beautifully maintained and home to various plants and birds, so it really is a haven of peace and tranquillity nestled near the heart of London.

Getting to Old Street

Getting to Old Street from the Montcalm Royal London House is simple and straightforward as it's just a seven-minute stroll away from all of the action, so even if you've decided to have a well-deserved lie in or leisurely breakfast, you won't need to travel far to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Parking Space in Old Street

If you’ve travelled to London in your car, you might be worried that there won’t be many places to securely leave your vehicle during your break. However, there are plenty of good value car parks available around Old Street. This means that you can leave your car without having to worry about on-street parking fines.

Many of these car parks are large, meaning that there are always plenty of spaces available during the day and overnight, so you won’t need to keep driving around the city trying to find a safe spot to leave your car and can simply park up and start enjoying your break in London.