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1. The Hoxton Shoreditch
The hotel-restaurant-bar concept has become a nightlife staple in London, and the Hoxton is the best place to experience it in Shoreditch. Named after the once-gritty parish on the western edge of the neighbourhood, this hot spot’s pared-down interiors have a relaxed vibe, while an expansive lobby bar keeps things classy with perfectly constructed traditional cocktails – try the elderflower-spiked Grey Goose Le Fizz – velvet banquettes and a tree-filled atrium dotted with twinkling lights. The elegant hotel rooms take design cues from the post-industrial surroundings, with steel and concrete finishes, a mix of vintage and designer furniture, and playful nods to the neighbourhood, such as a salt-beef sign from the nearby late-night eatery Brick Lane Beigel Bake.
• 81 Great Eastern St., +44-20-7550-1000,

2. Ally Capellino
From designing Girl Guide and Brownie uniforms to collaborating with Apple and the Tate Modern, founder Alison Lloyd has a deep understanding of British style. This sun-drenched shop displays her full collection of leather goods, including totes, satchels, handbags, belts and wallets, along with a small assortment of clothing and lifestyle accessories. More than just statement fashion add-ons, these classic leather pieces are part of the essential East London look – one that only gets better with age.
• 9 Calvert Ave., +44-20-7033-7843,


3. Boxpark
It’s impossible to miss Boxpark when you exit Shoreditch High Street rail station. Stacks of shipping containers converted into a pop-up shopping centre house an impressive mix of independent and well-established artisans and designers. Pick up a pair of silver hoops from London-based jeweller Jenny Sweetnam or a feu de bois-scented candle from Diptyque. Once you’re shopped out, head up to the roof for tasty fish ’n’ chips at Sutton & Sons, a happy hour whisky cocktail from Porky’s or an impromptu screen-printing workshop put on by the Private Press.
• 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd., +44-20-7033-2899,

4. Barber & Parlour
A renovated warehouse with a cozy vibe, Barber & Parlour not only delivers on its name but also includes a restaurant, boutique and cinema. While enjoying a cold-pressed juice or duck confit with blackberries, watch skilled barbers perform old-fashioned, straight-razor shaves or gaze through the factory-style windows into Shoreditch’s main strip. Downstairs, the 50-seat Electric Cinema has elegant, oversize club chairs, complete with personal lamps and side tables, from which you can take in current releases. Tip: Come on Sunday afternoons to get a discount on movie tickets.
• 64-66 Redchurch St., +44-20-3376-1777,

5. Fifteen
Jamie Oliver restaurants are scattered all over England, but none are quite like Fifteen. The proceeds of the restaurant, which was established as an apprenticeship venue, go toward training and employment of underprivileged youth, many of whom have gone on to open their own restaurants. The menu features an array of modern British classics, from pheasant and potted short ribs to locally sourced vegetables. The sharing plates are served in a candlelit space with studded, leather benches and walls covered with framed pictures of former students.
• 15 Westland Pl., +44-20-3375-1515,

Banksy's "Sweep at Hoxton" (Photo: Szater/Wikipedia Commons)

6. Shoreditch Street Art Tours
Outdoor art expert Dave Stuart offers the kind of contemporary culture experience that you won’t get at the Tate Modern. He leads daily walking tours through the back alleys of Shoreditch, which were once filled with abandoned warehouses but are now a haven for artists both local and international. Stuart reveals how art pioneers have transformed the brick walls into canvases, showcasing everyone from Banksy to Ben Eine.
• Tours daily, meeting at the Goat Statue, Brushfield St., +44-20-7834-088533,

7. The Book Club
Part bar, part restaurant and part dance party, the Book Club serves as a creative hub for East Londoners. Order ironic cocktails that poke fun at surrounding boroughs (like the Don’t Go to Dalston, made with Green Mark vodka and raspberries), and share platters of grilled halloumi, spiced couscous and jerk chicken wings. From life-drawing classes to song-request club nights, this place has something different going on every day of the week.
• 100-106 Leonard St., +44-20-7684-8618,

8. Dennis Severs' House
From the spilled wine on the table to the unmade bed in the master suite, you may get the eerie sense that you’ve walked in on something you shouldn’t have. You haven’t, of course; the house is designed to reveal a day in the life of a Huguenot silk weaver in the 18th century. Created by the home’s former owner, an eccentric artist, the house tour guides you through both the dwelling and history as you move from the depths of the darkened cellar up to the top floor. Every smell, scene and secret is calibrated to give you a sense of plot and atmosphere, making this as much a sensory experience as it is a history lesson.
• 18 Folgate St., +44-20-7247-4013,



Getting There

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Lori Henry

Monday, March 7th 2016 12:23
If you're at Boxpark and you're into feeding yourself nourishing, small-batch foods and drinks, check out the East London Juice Co. They have the most delicious juices and edibles, and amazing additions like foraged seaweed bath salts. You'll feel energized as soon as you walk in!
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