Guide to living in
Entrenched in the London Borough of Hackney and accommodating no less than five different postcodes, Shoreditch is probably the most famous area associated with the artistic and cultural East London revolution experienced throughout the noughties.
Shoreditch High Street is the beating heart of the area, complete with shops, bars, restaurants and clubs – many of them thriving independent businesses. Furthermore, industry in the area is greatly enhanced by the presence of the ‘Silicon Roundabout’, situated between Shoreditch and Old Street; this area is a hub of web-based companies and technology entrepreneurs.
“Prospective residents can still find relatively good value property to buy or to let through shared accommodation and a selection of terraced housing”
For leisure opportunities Old Street and Curtain Road have plenty of pubs, clubs and bars, effortlessly contributing to the reputation of Shoreditch as an epicentre of contemporary art, music and culture. Additionally, Broadway Market, reminiscent of a village, has restaurants, boutiques and cafés as well as the traditional weekly market.
Shoreditch was once deemed an undesirable place to live, however low rents and rough and ready accommodation attracted large swathes of the arts crowd who have dramatically improved the profile of the area. Consequently, Shoreditch is now one of the first places people look to live when venturing east.
Property in the area consists largely of flats, converted warehouses and ex-council owned developments. Although inevitably prices have increased since the early 2000’s, prospective residents can still find relatively good value property to buy or to let through shared accommodation and a selection of terraced housing.
Happiness Forgets is a rather exclusive little bar, it is advisable to book but once you’re in you will not want to leave – a range of interestingly named cocktails are the highlight. Entering through a flower shop into Hoi Polloi is quite an experience and this restaurant does not disappoint from then on, a quirky mix of flavours and ideas showcase some very unique cooking.
After relocating from Monopoly hotspot Mayfair in 2000, the Victoria Miro Gallery has acquired an even further enhanced reputation. With an impressive exhibition space and work from some of the best up and coming artists, this gallery is the perfect representation for Shoreditch.
If you should ever want to stray from this area of creative inspiration, Shoreditch High Street Overground Station has good links to many areas in the capital. Meanwhile, Liverpool Street and Old Street tube stations are also nearby.