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Shoreditch Area Info

Shoreditch Area Info

Shoreditch is part of the London Borough of Hackney and is ideally placed in relation to the City, to the South and the South West, the barbican, to the West, Farringdon and Clerkenwell, also West and Angel to The north.

Hackney resides to the East and North East, Incorporating Old Street, Brick Lane, Curtain Road, the West End of Bethnal Green Road and Hackney Road, and a Warren of smaller roads between, Shoreditch is home to literally thousands of creative individuals, from Fine Artists such as Tracey Emin to musicians , designers, filmmakers and actors/actress'.

In the West, the looming towers of Liverpool Street and the City represent the world's most concentrated area of money-making talent, where a number of sophisticated business hotels have sprung up. And right in the middle of it all is Spitalfields market, a citadel of the working classes and home of the cockney music hall tradition.

Things To Do In Shoreditch

No visit to Shoreditch would be complete without sampling the area's legendary nightlife. Among the favourites are the shabby-chic pub Commercial Tavern, Beach Blanket Babylon or plush baroque hotspot Loungelover. Shoreditch is rich in bars and pubs to suit all tastes. We recommend the family friendly Red Dog Saloon, Café Kick for sports, The Princess of Shoreditch for Sunday roasts and the Hoxton Pony, Tarot Bar, Drunken Monkey or local-institution Mcqueens on Tabernacle Street for a night out. Business meetings can be held in Shoreditch House where you can also enjoy a roof top swim, the Boundary Hotel and last but not least the Hoxton Hotel which has a very cosy and intimate bar area.

Shoreditch is also synonymous with some of East London's finest restaurants, our personal favourite is the Rivington Bar & Grill. Whilst Hawksmoor offers some of London's juiciest steaks along with Mark Hix's Tramsed where steak and chicken are the order of the day, coupled with Damian Hirst's sculpture featuring a Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank.

All of London's weekend markets have their own unique feel, but there's something special about Shoreditch's weekend markets that set them apart from the rest, the fashion is incredible and interesting and the food is out of this world.

Spitalfields Market - Vintage Fashion (Saturdays & Sundays)

Broadway Market - Farmers Market every Saturday

Columbia Road Flower Market - Every Sunday

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History of Shoreditch

Shoreditch or 'Shores Ditch' as it was once known, was once part of the county of Middlesex but became part of the new County of London in 1889. The 'birth' of Shoreditch has caused many lengthy debates and the exact truth may never be known.

One version is that Shoreditch was originally named 'Shore's Ditch' after Jane Shore, a mistress of Edward IV, who apparently died and was buried in a ditch in the area. A large painting hanging at the Haggerston Branch Library of Jane Shore being removed from the ditch supports this story and there is also a shop in Shoreditch High Street with her meeting Edward IV depicted on glazed tiles. However the area was known as "Soersditch" long before Jane Shore's life.

A more plausible but less fascinating origin for the name is "Sewer Ditch", in reference to a drain or watercourse in what was once a boggy area. It may have referred to the headwaters of the river Walbrook, which rose in the Curtain Road area.

Come the 17th century Huguenot silk weavers and wealthy traders moved in, creating a booming textile and furniture industry. But, this industry declined and by the end of the 19th century the area was known for poverty, crime and prostitution, setting the scene for Jack the Ripper's infamous murders. Bombing during WWII left the area further disadvantaged and the 20th Century saw the rein of the notorious Kray Twins.

Elizabeth Jane Shore (1445 – 1527)
Elizabeth "Jane" Shore (1445 – 1527)

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