The Cool Place guide to London's hippest neighbourhoods, Shoreditch & Hoxton

London - Shoreditch

Shoreditch and Hoxton are London at its most cool – the heartland of the capital’s designer creativity, with cutting-edge galleries, great clubbing and live music, slick restaurants and exuberant fashion and interiors stores. Even unlovely Old Street roundabout has become known as Silicon Roundabout, at the centre of a dotcom boom that at the moment shows no sign of busting. Some may find the area’s fashionista scene a little over the top, but if you want to see London at its most confident and expressive, it’s the place to be, no question.

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Eat and Drink

Shoreditch excels with its vibrant bars, pubs and cool clubs, and the café and restaurant scene is pretty hot, too. Bars range from homey table-football favourite Bar Kick to the elegant rooftop bar at Conran’s Boundary Hotel, but there are plenty of traditional boozers and, of course, a number of cutting-edge clubs and venues. The restaurant scene takes in slick gastro-pubs and a few upmarket eateries, including Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen and, Michelin-starred, Merchant's Tavern. Like anywhere in london, the range of food on offer is incredibly diverse with modern british cuisine found amongst Italian, Vietnamese and Spanish restaurants, just to name a few.

Shop

Shoreditch and Hoxton are famous for contemporary design, something reflected in the uber-cool shopping scene, which features everything from a notable collection of stylish fashion and accessory outlets in a bunch of shipping containers to trendy boutiques for pin-neat men. You'll also find some affordable homeware stores to smarten up even the coolest of houses.

Things to Do

While the mainstay of Shoreditch is eating, drinking and clubbing, it’s a historic neighbourhood, and you’ll also discover some interesting sights and things to see in between your carousing. A wander will lead you past ancient burial grounds and churches, while the Geffrye Museum is a big attraction for anyone interested in design. In fact, if design is your thing, you'll find plenty of things in Shoreditch and Hoxton that will catch your eye, including two top galleries displaying cutting edge art, with ever changing exhibitions to keep up with whats new.