Stretching north from the high-rise office blocks of Liverpool Street and the City, Shoreditch is the buzzing center of London’s East End. An eclectic, cosmopolitan, and ever-changing neighborhood favored by artists, students, and fashionistas; it’s known for its lively markets, bold street art, and nonstop nightlife.
The best way to explore the district is on a walking tour, taking in highlights like Brick Lane, the famous Spitalfields Market, and the main thoroughfares of Old Street, Great Eastern Street, and Shoreditch High Street. Alternatively, explore the district’s renowned street art on a photography tour; discover hip bars, music venues, and clubs on a Shoreditch pub crawl; or taste some of the East End’s best street food on a food tour of Shoreditch.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Get an early start on market day (Sunday) to avoid the crowds.
Plan to do a fair bit of walking and bring a map; the maze of lanes and side-streets makes it easy for non-locals to get lost.
The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Shoreditch High Street Overground.
How to Get There
Shoreditch is located in London’s East End, just north of Whitechapel and west of Bethnal Green. The closest tube stations are Old Street (Northern Line) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City Lines), but it’s also possible to arrive by Overground train at Shoreditch High Street station.
When to Get There
There’s always something going on in Shoreditch, whether it’s free concerts and cinema screenings in Shoreditch park, local bands playing at one of the live music venues, or all-night parties at the latest underground club. Be sure to visit on Sunday, when the Brick Lane Market, Old Spitalfields Market, and Columbia Road Flower Market all draw big crowds.
At the southeast end of Shoreditch and running all the way to Whitechapel, Brick Lane is one of the neighborhood’s cultural hubs. With a large Bangladeshi community and many restaurants specializing in Indian and South Asian cuisine, it’s earned the name “London’s Curry Mile.” There’s more to Brick Lane than great food, though; it also hosts a Sunday street market, and has some of East London’s most impressive street art, vintage shops, and art galleries.
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