Life in Shoreditch
Shoreditch is one of the East End’s liveliest areas, which is part of the reason so many people want to settle there.
As you might expect, it has a wealth of pubs, bars and restaurants, plus some excellent nightclubs. For a good evening out, Curtain Road and Hoxton are the places to go, and if you’re looking for a world-famous curry, you’ll need to head to Brick Lane. The markets are also legendary in Shoreditch. Brick Lane, Columbia Road and Old Spitalfields all host regular markets, selling exotic food, knick-knacks, and some of the best vintage clothes in the city.
Although the world’s first playhouse is no longer operational, Shoreditch caters well for culture-fans, with some excellent cinemas, like Electric, Rich Mix (which is also an arts venue), and Rio.
It’s a popular location with students, as the London Metropolitan University, Coventry University London campus and GCU London are all close by. The London College of Fashion and University of Law are also within easy reach.
Most people who live in the area tend to work there too. However, there are plenty of tube stations (such as Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street, Haggerston, Old Street and Liverpool Street), which take travellers across London and beyond.
Other interesting facts
- Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was performed for the first time ever in Shoreditch.
- Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot was exposed in Hoxton Street.
- Some residents have protested the towering apartment blocks, saying that they work against the personality of the area. Despite this, the new flats are in high demand.
- Most historians believe that Shoreditch’s name comes from the Old English word scoradic. This translates as the ‘ditch of a shore’, though no-one is quite sure where the shore in question actually is!