Shoreditch area guide

Discover the best of Shoreditch, from indie shops to tasty cheap food

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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.

What's on in Shoreditch this week?

  1. Queen of Hoxton 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX
  2. Sun Jul 27 - Tue Aug 5
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  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sat Dec 20
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Red Market 2014

  • Critics choice
  1. Red Market Pop-Up 288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Aug 3
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Popular Shoreditch haunts

Brick Lane Market

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.

  1. Brick Lane (north of railway bridge), Cygnet St, Sclater St, Bacon St, Cheshire St, E1 6SB
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Old Spitalfields Market

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.

  1. Brushfield St, E1 6DT
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Brick Lane Beigel Bake

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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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?

  1. 159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
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The best places to eat

Big Apple Hot Dogs

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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  1. Outside 239 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
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Rochelle Canteen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
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Song Que

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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  1. 134 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY
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Albion at The Boundary Project

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD
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Users say

3 comments
Misch M
Misch M

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 .. 

BiroPen
BiroPen

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

Sophie
Sophie

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...

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