London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Shoreditch London. If you’re visiting London and want to explore a vibrant area full of creativity, Shoreditch is the place to be. There is so much to do in the vicinity that I’m only scratching the surface in this feature. Old Spitalfields Market, Columbia Road Flower Market, Hackney City Farm and Old Truman Brewery Markets are on my Ten Things To Do In Shoreditch London List.
Old Spitalfields Market
Ten Things to do in Shoreditch London List
10 Things to do in Shoreditch London
1. Shop and eat at Old Spitalfields Market
2. Explore British homes from the 1600s at the Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum)
3. Buy plants at Columbia Road Flower Market
4. Meet the animals at Hackney City Farm
5. Immerse yourself in the historic Dennis Severs’ House
6. Rummage around the Old Truman Brewery Markets
7. Admire the 18th-century houses in Spitalfields
8. Instagram the street art near Brick Lane
9. Buy a bagel from the famous Beigel Shop or Beigel Bake
10. Eat and Shop in shipping containers at Boxpark
Ten Things to do in Shoreditch London Details
Old Spitalfields Market: This covered Victorian market hall contains stalls selling everything from fashion to art, homewares and gifts made by independent artisans. On Thursday, they host a vintage market which is outstanding; read my Spitalfields Market Review. In the middle of the space, you will find street food kitchens and benches to eat your delicious food. Permanent shops and eateries border the market. The address is 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW. Old Spitalfields Market Website.
Museum of the Home
Museum of the Home: See how people lived through the centuries as homes are brought to life at this museum. You can walk around the front garden and almshouse. Museum of the Home.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market: On Sunday mornings, the little street on Columbia Road is taken over by a bustling flower market. You can buy fresh flowers, house plants and bedding plants. There are plenty of independent shops to browse and places to eat. Columbia Road Website.
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm: If you have children, this inner-city farm is a cute place to wander around. You will see hens, chickens, donkeys, pigs and more. The café is also very good. It’s a short walk from Columbia Road Flower Market. Hackney City Farm Website.
Dennis Severs’ House
Dennis Severs’ House on 18 Folgate Street: Step into the world of the Huguenot silk-weavers in this 18th Century inspired still-life drama which is designed to stir your imagination. Dennis Severs House Website.
Old Truman Brewery Markets
Old Truman Brewery Markets: Buzzy Brick Lane is brimming with markets. Check out the Vintage Market (F Black, 85 Brick Lane) for fashion gems dating back to the 1920s. The Backyard Market (146 Brick Lane) sells arts and crafts by designer-makers. The Tea Rooms Market is perfect for vintage typewriters, taxidermy and other curiosity objects, and yes, you can buy a cup of tea! Sunday Up Market includes 200 stalls and an indoor food market (Elys Yard, Hanbury Street and Brick Lane). Rinse Showrooms (U Block next to 146 Brick Lane) is fabulous for fashion and accessories.
18th-century houses in Spitalfields: Across the road from the Old Spitalfields Market, you will find the most beautiful terraced houses with painted shutters. Walk along Fournier Street, Princelet Street and Wilkes Street to get your Instagram pictures!
Street art: As you wander down Brick Lane, venture into the side streets where you can find plenty of colourful street art to post on Instagram.
Bagel Shops: Buy a bagel from the Beigel Shop (155 Brick Lane) or Beigel Bake (159 Brick Lane). Both are famous for their delicious freshly baked bagels with fillings such as salt beef or smoked salmon.
Boxpark: This pop-up mall is perfect if you want a delicious bite to eat or you want to buy fashion items or gifts from brands and independent labels. Boxpark Website.
Ten Things to do in Shoreditch London Streets to Explore
The main streets and roads in the Shoreditch area are Old Street, Curtain Road and Shoreditch High Street. You should also seek out these streets while you are there: Brick Lane is Famous for curry houses, markets and street art. Cheshire Street has independent boutiques and shops. Leonard Street is charming with historic warehouse buildings selling art and other desirable objects, plus Westland London Reclamation Yard housed in a church.
Cleeve Workshops Boundary Street
Calvert Avenue has cute cafes and shops. Boundary Street has artisan businesses at Cleeve Workshops, and Boundary Gardens is a lovely place to sit down. Charlotte Street and Redchurch Street have creative businesses, stores and coffee shops to check out. Kingsland Road is full of Vietnamese restaurants. Enjoy your exploration!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.