About the Area
Shoreditch is a unique area in east London with a vibrant artist and high-tech community. This area has gone through several transformations over the years, which have helped it become the distinctive neighbourhood that it is today. Hundreds of years ago, it was home to a diverse artist community, including a number of theatre troupes. England's first playhouse was built in Shoreditch and several Shakespearean plays were performed here. At the end of the 19th century, many of the neighbourhood's artisans had moved on; the area became crime-ridden and gained a reputation as the stomping grounds for the mob. Jack the Ripper is just one criminal that was known to frequent the area. Although people did start to trickle back in to the Shoreditch area, it wasn't until the 1980s that the region began to experience major revitalization. Now, it is home to many creative design and media companies, as well as a booming high-tech sector, even sometimes being dubbed as 'tech-city'. It's a dynamic up-and-coming area, with a ton of diversity and character.
Places of Interest
There is a lot to experience in Shoreditch; it is home to Brick Lane (London's infamous curry-mile), Spitalfields Market, a vibrant nightlife, historical attractions and so much more. You'll find something to see and do at any time of the day in Shoreditch. There are trendy cafés, shops and restaurants mixed in with places where you can still find cheap eats and a bargain or two. There is also a full range of hotels in the area, including plenty of upscale business hotels. A mix of old and new, trendy and eccentric, Shoreditch has a vibe all its own. If you're interested in taking in some history you can check out Christ Church Spitalfields, a restored church built in 1729 that somehow managed to survive the destruction of the Second World War. It is now used as an art gallery and concert hall. To step back in time, check out the Dennis Severs' House, a distinctive representation of what life was like in the 18th century for a family of Huguenot weavers. If you'd like to visit a museum, take a trip to Geffrye Museum, which offers a look at what life was like for the working-class and impoverished people of London. This museum is also surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can often catch a musical performance.
Shoreditch was notorious for traffic congestion, but the roadways were revitalized in the early 2000s making transportation in the area much more convenient. You can travel to and from the Shoreditch area with ease, with a range of transport links nearby. London Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations are the closest National Rail stations, and the nearest London Underground Station is Liverpool Street. Major motorways also can be easily accessed from Shoreditch, as can the Stansted Airport. There is an express train that runs from Liverpool Street station to the airport regularly. There are also many bus stops and stations located conveniently throughout the neighbourhood.