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Shoreditch Area Info

Shoreditch Area Info

When you think of hip and happening east London, the chances are you think of Shoreditch, the epicentre of all that’s great and good about this corner of our capital. Ideally placed, with the city quite literally on the doorstep and in close proximity to the Barbican, Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Angel, Shoreditch represents the very best of inner city living. Its central location gives it an irresistible lure for those working in the city as well as the creative industries that so evidently thrive here.

Shoreditch also has a host of diverse and eclectic attractions that further boosts demand for sought-after homes. There’s an incredible choice of markets, literally hundreds of places to eat from high-end restaurants through to street food vendors, innovative bars and galleries plus community cultural hubs. What also helps give Shoreditch its unique and distinctive character is the incredible contrast in buildings. Step onto some streets and you could almost believe you’ve walked onto the set of a period drama. However, just around the next corner you’re confronted with gleaming tower blocks and views of the Shard. Space is very much at a premium here, and is used innovatively, from rooftop drinking and dining to the iconic Boxpark, with its shipping container cool.

Shoreditch’s excellent transport links offers a choice of three stations, London Liverpool Street and Old Street Underground stations give access to the Northern Line, Central and Circle lines, while Shoreditch High Street Overground station provides links to north and south-east London. Desirable properties come in many forms in Shoreditch, from elegant Georgian and Victorian terrace homes and new-build houses to stunning period conversions and new-build flats in low-rise developments.

As well as attracting the young bohemian crowd, many families also live here, thanks in no small part to the fact that schools at primary and secondary levels have received outstanding ratings from Ofsted, including Virginia Primary School and Mulberry Academy.

Things To Do In Shoreditch

Living in Shoreditch means you have most of the world’s cuisines on your doorstep. Head to the Truman Brewery for some brilliant street food stalls or to Brick Lane for a no-nonsense curry. However if it’s fine dining you’re looking for then it’s got to be the two Michelin starred The Clove Club, located in historic Shoreditch Old Town Hall where the cooking is nothing short of superb.

However, if a juicy steak is taking your fancy then it’s got to be the original Hawksmoor, just a two minute walk from Shoreditch High Street, and where they serve everything from porterhouse to sirloin, all mouth-wateringly tender and packed with flavour.

There are drinking dens and clubs on every corner of Shoreditch and among our favourites are the shabby chic Commercial Tavern, the always warm and welcoming Ten Bells and the Princess of Shoreditch, which also happen to do a Sunday roast to die for. If, however, you want to make a bit of a night of it, head over to Q Shoreditch on Tabernacle Street, a luxury pool, games lounge and nightclub that’s become something of a local institution.

For a stylish and sophisticated vibe visit Shoreditch House on Ebor Street, sister club to Soho House and where there’s three excellent restaurants, a fitness club and even a swimming pool on the roof! For clothes shopping, stylish Redchurch Street has it all going on, with French fashion boutiques, hip menswear stores and trendy T-shirt outlets just a few of the delights on offer.

When shopping all gets too much, just round the corner on Boundary Street you’ll find Boundary London, a converted Victorian warehouse that’s now home to a two restaurants and a small, boutique hotel. It also happen to have one of the best rooftop bars in the area, perfect for enjoying a sundowner!

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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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