Here’s a list of the best things to do in Shoreditch, east London.
If you’re visiting London, I’m sure someone or some book has told you to visit Shoreditch. And, if you live in London, it’s very likely to be somewhere you frequent. It has everything: great food, great bars, great coffee. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t miss:
Plonk Golf have recently opened a new venue in Shoreditch, and it promises to be their most playful venue yet. Worm your way through a twisting labyrinth of tropical fauna and neon murals, and navigate secret tunnels, ramps and routes. Making it even crazier than your average crazy golf, Plonk Shoreditch is BYOB — so make sure you pop to your local offy before putting your stuff. Get your tickets here.
2. Get boozy at a bottomless sushi brunch
Nobu Shoreditch serves a bottomless brunch like you’ve never seen before. Help yourself to an endless assortment of sushi and sashimi from the colourful buffet bar, as well as a selection of salads and other cold items, including fresh fruit and Asian-style desserts. And, as you fill up your plate, staff will fill and refill your glass with your choice of prosecco, Aperol Spritz or mimosa. Read all about it here.
3. Get boozy at a bar (how novel!)
Shoreditch is full of great bars. It’s the ideal area for bar hopping, or finding your favourite and wiling away the hours with a bottle (or two) of wine. For top-class cocktails, head to Happiness Forgets or Callooh Callay. For excellent beers, make your way to Mikkeller (part-owned by Rick Astley, don’tcha know). For all sort of drinks ft. a giant neon ball pit, head to BallieBallerson. You can check out our full list of brilliant Shoreditch bars here.
4. Or on a rooftop…
Ah, rooftop bars. We flee to them when the sun shines, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to go. Shoreditch is a great place to start as every road leads to some kind of elevated boozer. Make the worthy trip up Queen of Hoxton’s mammoth staircase for their new Mexican-themed summer rooftop (opening May 2) or have a classy drink at the Boundary.
5. Stay sober and have a coffee
With coffee around every corner, you’re never far from your next flat white fix. While most coffee shops are all about the coffee, some of them are multifunctional. Pop to Barbour and Parlour for an espresso and a new hair do; Origin to learn how to make the perfect brew; or Look Mum No Hands to fix your bike. Here’s our list of the best coffee shops in east London.
6. Eat at one of Shoreditch’s best restaurants
Shoreditch is a great place for grub because, no matter if you want to be fancy or frugal, there really is something for everyone. Personal highlights include top-class tapas at Camino, authentic Greek food at Suvlaki, and dishy Indian dishes at Dishoom. Here’s our full roundup of the best restaurants in Shoreditch.
7. Eat at one of Shoreditch’s many vegan restaurants
If there’s one thing for certain, Shoreditch is a great place to be if you’re avoiding meat and dairy. Pink paradise Genesis opened last year, taking inspiration and influence from street food all over the world and combing it with healthy, environmentally conscious living. YouTuber Earthing Ed also opened a non-profit restaurant called Unity Diner, raising money for grassroots animal rights movement, Surge. Elsewhere you’ll find Redemption; a meat free, wheat free, dairy free, sugar free and alcohol free restaurant (phewf 😅). Another option is Cook Daily in Boxpark, for fresh, healthy and fragrant Southeast Asian Vegan food.
8. Eat some seriously good street food
Open Wednesday–Saturday, Dinerama on Great Eastern Street hosts ten street food traders and another ten bars, currently serving up Taiwanese steamed buns, veggie Mexican fare, doughnuts and ice cream… and plenty more besides. Boxpark, which you’ll find right next to Shoreditch High Street station, is also a top spot for street food and good booze. Alternatively, at weekends, Brick Lane hosts its famed market, and you can barely move for street food vendors. It’s also home to the famous Brick Lane Beigels, which are definitely a must-eat.
9. Stay at an Instagrammable hotel
Shoreditch is a great place to stay if you want to be close to all the action. The Hoxton is a beautiful option, and all the bedrooms feature industrial details, parquet flooring, large mirrors and modern monochrome bathrooms. Otherwise, The Curtain is brilliant if you’re after a situ you can really show off about. It boasts Manhattan warehouse vibes with exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and floor to ceiling windows. There’s also a swanky rooftop lido, a hidden drinking den, and a great spot for late night parties and secret gigs.
10. Buy some vintage garms
Brick Lane and the surrounding area is full of vintage shops, so it’s a great place to go if you’re after some pre-loved clothes. The massive Brick Lane Vintage Market is open seven days a week, and is home to the UK’s largest collection of independent vintage boutiques. There’s also a Rokit, a Beyond Retro and a number of indie shops.
Also published on Medium.