It’s easy to poke fun at Shoreditch. The area is a curious blend of hipsters and suits that’s seen a lot more chains arriving in recent years. But it’s still a place where creativity and tech thrives—and start-ups, independent shops, eateries and bars are still fighting to fend off the corporate takeover.
Looking for more to do while you’re in the area? You can’t go wrong with our guide to cheap and free things to do in Shoreditch.
What to see and do in Shoreditch
Just up the road from Shoreditch High Street Overground is Rich Mix, a cinema and multi-arts venue showing films and theatre. It also supports access to the arts in east London. The Ace Hotel is pretty swanky but has a more rough and ready basement venue that puts on decent, small gigs.
Boxpark is the first thing you’ll see when you step off the Overground. Built out of shipping containers, Boxpark is full of independent shops, bars and restaurants.
Remnants of the area’s industrial past still exist in places like former hat factory, Redchurch Gallery, and the Tea Building on Bethnal Green Road. Colourful graffiti from Banksy and other artists adorn street walls, so if the price of a coffee seems steep, wandering around and snapping street scenes won’t cost a bean.
What to eat and drink in Shoreditch
There’s no shortage of coffee shops, and street food can be found at Dinerama, Urban Street Market and the Pump Street Food Market. Feeling the food market vibe? Check out our full guide to London street food markets.
If want to sit down indoors to eat, you’re in luck. Kingsland Road runs from Dalston to Shoreditch High Street, and is filled with Vietnamese restaurants. Here you’ll find you get plenty of banh mi (and other tasty dishes) for your buck.
Elsewhere there’s Dishoom for upscale Indian food, but note that dinner is walk-up only, unless you’re in a group of 6 or more. For sharing plates, head on over to Tapas Brindisa, which serves up seasonal plates, and even some vegan options.
In the summer, head to rooftop bars like Boxpark Shoreditch or the Queen of Hoxton (If that caught your attention, check out our guide to London’s finest rooftop bars). The Book Club is a café and bar for chilled afternoon coffee or interesting late-night events—from film screenings to club nights. There are plenty of cocktail bars like Nightjar and Happiness Forgets too.
Where to stay in Shoreditch
For budget accommodation in Shoreditch, you’ll probably end up resorting to chain hotels. These generally have decent rates, reliable rooms and flexible cancellation policies. The area has a Holiday Inn Express, an Ibis and a Point A. These all have rooms for around £65.00–£85.00 per night based on two guests.