Shoreditch Area Guide
Situated in the London Borough of Hackney, Shoreditch is just to the north of the City of London. Following a period of extensive gentrification, Shoreditch has experienced a rise in property prices and rapid expansion, becoming a viable and sought after business district along with a cultural hotspot for art galleries, bars and restaurants.
The area is very close to Liverpool Street, providing mainline rail services to Cambridge and much of the South East, along with connections to four of the most popular underground lines. Many of the top web start-ups, such as Last.fm and 7digital, have congregated around Shoreditch – particularly around the Old Street roundabout – earning the area the nickname “Silicon Roundabout.”
Shoreditch is seen as an enviable location for office space, due to its proximity to the financial district, its unparalleled transport links, its ongoing cultural regeneration and its increasing popularity with high-tech start-ups. A new underground station was opened in June 2010, increasing mobility and enhancing the appeal of Shoreditch as a business and cultural district.
What businesses does Shoreditch suit?
Just to the north of the City of London, Shoreditch would benefit companies who need the convenience of living in the City but who require a wider range of entertainment and cultural provisions. Those involved in the financial sector will find themselves very close to a number of important banks and institutions in Shoreditch. Furthermore, any company that needs significant outward mobility would also benefit from Shoreditch’s excellent proximity to London Liverpool Street station.
Web start-ups may wish to consider Shoreditch due to its already high concentration of successful tech companies. London Liverpool Street also has regular services to Cambridge, which is also known as a centre of web-based industry.
Workspace has two commercial office buildings within Shoreditch: The Frames & Vestry Street Studios.
"Great Eastern Street" by John Lord is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
London Liverpool Street is only minutes from Shoreditch. With 123 million passengers annually, it is the third busiest underground station after Waterloo and Victoria, and is connected to the Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines, and offers mainline services all the way to Norwich, Cambridge and Stansted via the Stansted Express.
Waterloo: 16 minutes
Euston: 24 minutes
Canary Wharf: 24 minutes
Knightsbridge: 29 minutes
Shoreditch is also within easy reach of Bank, Moorgate and Aldgate stations.
Cultural expansion has developed Shoreditch’s culinary offerings, and it now boasts a number of unique restaurants with something for everyone. Cru (2-4 Rufus Street, Shoreditch, London, N1 6PE) is housed in a 19th century former warehouse with a Mediterranean slant, offering up a great range of tapas paired with an extensive wine selection. For a very fine dining experience, check out Bacchus (177 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, London), a gastronomic paradise that employs French ‘sous vide’ cooking – which uses ultra-low temperatures to retain flavour – on many of their dishes.
You’ll also find a good selection of sandwich shops, delis and inexpensive bistros that cater for the lunch needs of city workers.
Pub provisions around Shoreditch are very good, featuring a range of both quiet drinking establishments and gastronomic superpubs. Bar-wise, LoungeLover (1 Whitby Street, London, E2 7DP) has razor sharp vintage décor, a fashionable cocktail list, and very friendly and enthusiastic staff. Brazilian-themed Favela Chic (91-93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ) showcases the art, music and cuisine of Brasil, in a building fashioned to resemble a shanty town.
Shoreditch is home to some fantastic nightclubs. 93 Feet East features bands from all over the globe, from unsigned to popular mainstream, including The Killers and the Kaiser Chiefs. Alternatively, Medicine Shoreditch (89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX) offers reasonable entry prices, well-priced drinks and a great theme night programme.
St Leonard’s Church
Originally an ancient building from around the 12th century, the current church dates back to around 1740 and was designed by George Dance in the Palladian style. St Leonard’s Church is a magnificent parish building and well worth a visit. It is located on the intersection of Shoreditch High Street and Hackney Road.
Located off Bethnal Green Road, Brick Lane has become synonymous in recent times with London’s Bangladeshi-Sylheti community and provides a massive selection of Anglo-Indian cuisine outlets, along with a number of the area’s best nightclubs – such as 93 Feet East.