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 Shoreditch, packing into ramshackle bars and independent shops in and around the rough triangle made up by Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street. Whether you’re purchasing a few succulents from Columbia Road Flower Market, being entertained at the creative space Rich Mix, or sampling cultural delicacies from a nearby street food pop-up, there will always be something new to try in this busy corner of east London. 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 (even if lots of it these days is advertising something). 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.
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You can't miss Village Underground thanks to the four brightly coloured, graffiti-covered tube carriages, now artists' studios, perched on its roof. The recycled Jubilee line carriages, and accompanying shipping containers, accommodate a community of artists, writers, designers, filmmakers and musicians. Their renovated Victorian warehouse space hosts exhibitions, concerts theatre, live art and club nights. Plans are underway to turn one of the exterior walls, a spot already popular with local street artists, into a permanent exhibition site.
Kill The Cat
A very cool little off licence along Brick Lane. This is the kind of place you'd come to find unique craft beers by the bottle or can, with staff who know about every single one. The shop also doubles up as a bar and they hold regular tastings, so look out for those on their website. Beers available range from well-known brewers Partizan, Beavertown and Verdant, to the lesser-known like local Homerton brewers Boxcar and La Franche from the La Ferté commune.