A great, comprehensive guide to this area - so it's not just full of posers after all! Tho anyone who actually uses the word 'Pho mile' is probably a bit of a poser...

I always would say conventional visitors would enjoy that area and dilute the hipster crowds too - so why crap all over it ?

A number of playbills and posters from these music halls survive in the collections of both the Bishopsgate Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

If you’re a football fan looking for an evening out with friends without having to leave your favourite hobby, head over to Bar Kick. The large plasma TV screens make watching a match with your friends worthwhile and the foosball tables present an interesting drinking game opportunity during half time. Though usually rather packed, the football soaked atmosphere calls for a loud evening out accompanied with a good variety of cocktails and beer.

In fact, the word Shoreditch is now synonymous with the concept of contemporary 'hipsterfication' of regenerated urban areas. As a pioneer among similar transformations across the UK, various phrases have been coined, from "Shoreditchification" to "Very Shoreditch".[11]

Pump Street Food Market, 168 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU, UK

Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, UK

Shoreditch is an inner city district in the historic East End of London and modern Central London[1] within the London Borough of Hackney, lying immediately to the north of the City of London.

Ace Hotel Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ, UK

Experience the buzzing atmosphere of great Shoreditch clubs and bars

In 2005 funding was announced for the East London Line Extension which would extend the existing line from Whitechapel tube station bypassing Shoreditch tube station (which closed in June 2006) and creating a new station titled Shoreditch High Street at the site of the old Bishopsgate Goods Yard which was demolished in 2004.

Discover the best of Shoreditch, from indie shops to tasty cheap food

Shoreditch was the site of a house of canonesses, the Augustinian Holywell Priory (named after a Holy Well on the site), from the 12th century until its dissolution in 1539. This priory was located between Shoreditch High Street and Curtain Road to east and west and Batemans Row and Holywell Lane to north and south. Nothing remains of it today.[5]

However, the area was known as "Soersditch" long before Jane Shore's life. A more plausible origin for the name is "Sewer Ditch", in reference to a drain or watercourse in what was once a boggy area.[3] It may have referred to the headwaters of the river Walbrook, which rose in the Curtain Road area.

Schools in the area include Hackney University Technical College, the first university technical college to be established in London.

Shoreditch Church (dedicated to St Leonard) is of ancient origin and features in the famous line "when I grow rich say the bells of Shoreditch", from the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland road are a small sector of the Roman Ermine Street and modern A10. Known also as the Old North Road, it was a major coaching route to the north, exiting the City at Bishopsgate. The east–west course of Old Street–Hackney Road was also probably originally a Roman Road, connecting Silchester with Colchester, bypassing the City of London to the south.[4]

The Bedroom Bar, 62-68 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY, UK

O helen I love you!!! Everything you say is absolutely correct. Only it's actually all good, exactly as it has been for ever... and will always be. Just dont be the sheep.

Pillow Cinema, Rooftop of SNAP Productions, 151-155 New North Road, London N1 6TA, UK

Shoreditch is not good place for the clubbers  too costly / rubbish .. I was given excuse at some bars that there are too many guys in the bar / club so cant enter .. it's ridiculous in the name of London .. 

helen o is a bit freaked out. What she means is it's a hipster gentrification zone, like alot of areas are in cities around the world.

The historic heart of Shoreditch is Shoreditch High Street and Shoreditch Church. In the past the area of Shoreditch was defined by the borders of the parish of Shoreditch which later defined the borders of the Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch. Since 1965, when the latter unit of local government was dissolved, it has been more fuzzily defined. Hoxton to the north of Old Street was historically part of Shoreditch parish and borough, and is still often conflated with it.

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH, UK


More recently, during the second 'dot-com' boom, the area has become popular with London-based web technology companies who base their head offices around Old Street. These include Last.fm, Dopplr, Songkick, SocialGO and 7digital. These companies have tended to gravitate towards Old Street Roundabout, giving rise to the term "Silicon Roundabout" to describe the area, as used by Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech in November 2010.[10]

The etymology of "Shoreditch" is debated. One legend holds that the place was originally named "Shore's Ditch", after Jane Shore, the mistress of Edward IV, who is supposed to have died or been buried in a ditch in the area. This legend is commemorated today by a large painting, at Haggerston Branch Library, of Jane Shore being retrieved from the ditch, and by a design on glazed tiles in a shop in Shoreditch High Street showing her meeting Edward IV.[2]

None of these places of entertainment survive today. For a brief time music hall was revived in Curtain Road by the temporary home of the Brick Lane Music Hall.[9] This too has now moved on.

Shoreditch has, since around 1996, become a popular and fashionable part of London. Often conflated with neighbouring Hoxton, the area has been subject to considerable gentrification in the past twenty years, with accompanying rises in land and property prices.

Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill St, London EC2A 4BX, UK

There's plenty to find on and off the beaten track and there's always alot of interesting stuff to see or try out. Despite hipsters being a bit of a pain they do like fun stuff so you'll find that kind of thing in mega quantities in the Shoreditch quater.

Though now part of Inner London, Shoreditch was previously an extramural suburb of the City of London, centred on Shoreditch Church at the crossroads where Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road are crossed by Old Street and Hackney Road.

Electric Cinema Shoreditch, 64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, UK

In the 19th and early 20th centuries Shoreditch was a centre of entertainment to rival the West End and boasted many theatres and music halls:

In September 2015 a demonstration against gentrification in London took the form of a protest at Cereal Killer Cafe a hipster café on Brick Lane which serves cereal.[12]

Timberyard, 61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW, UK

BOXPARK Shoreditch, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY, UK

Contrary to what the name suggests, books are absent from the atmosphere of this establishment; the place is a restaurant/cafe that turns into a bar/nightclub by evening. It made its way onto our list because of its interesting, spacious interior filled with Ping-Pong tables. This makes the evening slightly different as it revolves around an active way of socializing. (Regardless, the cocktails are definitely worth trying).

South Shoreditch is currently undergoing an enormous transformation. Several five or six storey buildings have been knocked down in the area of Shoreditch which borders the City of London. In their place will be erected a variety of very tall buildings, mirroring the architectural styles in the City of London.[13] The building will result in more residential units being available for sale in Shoreditch than were produced by the Olympics athletes village.[13]

Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE, UK

W O N D E R O U N D, 16 Calvert Avenue, London, E2, UK