I'm sorry Shoreditch is a highly pretentious and not particularly attractive area that has been shoved down our throats by so called cool rags like Timeout and estate agent sponsored papers like the Evening Standard. Truth is that it is a commercially driven fantasy created by the media colluding with businesses to drive up commercial footfall of sheeple to the area. Sheeple are people who en mass, blindly follow trends proclaimed by the media as gospel truth and try to live out those fantasies en mass aka Hipsters et al. So a real shitty borough like Hackney suddenly becomes paradise in the eyes of sheeple, the same process can be seen in Peckham with its post nuclear habitat being proclaimed as the next cool thing by Time Out and other rags, ditto Brixton and Walthamstow and Deptford. I was in shoreditch the other day and stumbled into a so called cool gathering of hipsters at a streetfood pop-up event in a disused car park. I was concerned that the crowd had been easily deluded into believing that such an uncool dirty and harsh place could be cool. I guess the average individual can be psychologically brainwashed and convinced of anything by the media, hence it is so-so cool to pay half a million pounds and incur a life times' debt to live on one of Shoreditch's or Hoxton's numerous run down estates than to pay a third of that price to live in a fairly decent flat or house in an uncool area such as Catford or Morden. You have to ask yourself whatever happened to the former cool areas such as Notting Hill, Portobello Road, Camden, Clapham, Islington etc My guess is that they've become too cool to be Ice cool and hence frozen out of the anals of coolness by the likes of Timeout et al and it looks like Shoreditch is rapidly going that way from recent articles on the area. It makes you wonder why people believe in this charade in the first place?
Shoreditch area guide
Discover the best of Shoreditch, from indie shops to tasty cheap food
Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on. If you go to Brick Lane Market, though, it doesn’t look that way. The weird and wonderfully dressed hordes keep coming to the rough triangle made up by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street, packing into ramshackle bars and independent shops. Despite the spread of affluence, much of the area maintains its original gritty, urban edge; many of the walls and shop fronts are plastered with graffiti. Of course, for many the grime is all part of the appeal – if you want a big garden and posh schools, move to Muswell Hill.
- Critics choice
- Former Shoreditch Underground Station Pedley Street, E1 6SE
- Wed Jan 28 - Sat Feb 14
- Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield St, E1 6AA
- Wed Jan 28 - Wed Dec 23
Though Brick Lane Market is an entity (and attraction) in itself, the banner has grown to encompass a motley array of markets in and around the East End hotspot. Brick Lane Market proper is where to head for tools, household goods and bargain fruit and veg sold by the bowl. Vendors without a proper stall often line Brick Lane, their wares (dodgy old videos, broken dolls, CD players) set up on blankets. Bric-a-brac traders morph into indie clothes and accessories designers as you hit Backyard Market, housed in a warehouse building opposite Dray Walk.
- Brick Lane (north of railway bridge), Cygnet St, Sclater St, Bacon St, Cheshire St, E1 6SB
Though not everyone is a fan of the recent redevelopment of Spitalfields (particularly those pushed out by the rising rents), the market has been afforded a new lease of life. The East End stalwart now comprises the refurbished 1887 covered market and the adjacent modern shopping precinct. Browsing options include creations by up-and-coming designers, vintage clobber, crafts, jewellery, books, sheepskin rugs and Brazilian flip flops. Thursdays are dedicated to antiques and vintage, Fridays to fashion and art.
- Brushfield St, E1 6DT
- Rated as: 3/5
- Price band: 1/4
- Critics choice
What do we love most about this institution? Perhaps the brilliant moist salt beef, carved as you wait from a slab kept warm in the front window, or the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, or the bagels (boiled before being baked) these fillings go into. Or could it be the 24-hour opening with hot bread pulled fresh from the ovens all night, or a Brick Lane location that makes this the snack stop of choice for clubbers, imbibers and taxi drivers?
- 159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
The best places to eat
Shoreditch is not good place for the clubbers too costly / rubbish .. I was given excuse at some bars that there are too many guys in the bar / club so cant enter .. it's ridiculous in the name of London ..
HOXTON SHOE REPAIRS. Located in Hoxton Street. N.1. (Market also operates on Saturdays) is a Mecca for all Shoe Fanatics. If your Shoes are poorly....bring them 'Back to Life' at this repair shop.........Best advice, Quality work & all round good experience. All top brands, repaired to best quality. Mine looked like I'd just bought them and they are 7 years old. Vintage refurbishments and Handbags repairs for all those Ladies out there.....Check out their Reviews........ Amazing. ! hoxtonshoerepairs@.co.uk
A great, comprehensive guide to this area - so it's not just full of posers after all! Tho anyone who actually uses the word 'Pho mile' is probably a bit of a poser...
Oh wow. Just wow. I live in Homerton. Even more underrated, and granted, there isn't much to do there, but shoreditch, it's fun! It's become a bit of a trend to insult anything that alot of people enjoy. You have decided it is 'cool' to follow this trend... And omg look! You've joined the freaking sheeple! I don't know where you live, but I'd rather live in Hackney where not only can I buy jeans and a bag of chips for less than 5 pounds if I feel like going to that sort of place, but I can also visit a huge record store, buy bubble tea in a shop where I can also play table tennis and eat macaroons, and then go to a family farm with a classy italian restaraunt! To be honest, in the end it gets more interesting than constant chelsea coffee shops, as nice as they are. And I've been to the urban food fest. The food is nice, the people are nice , so the environment is old, is that not thrifty?! Making a fun place out of an otherwise boring urban environment into an interesting fun festival. Stop your prejudiced shit please? Thankyou.
More great bits of London
Funds running low? There's loads of London you can enjoy without spending even a penny
Find the best of London with our ultimate list of things to do in the capital
For all those who really love to want things; our guide to the best shops in London will extend your wish list in no time
Our critics' pick of London restaurants, cafés and gastropubs to satisfy, for when only the best will do