What To Do in Shoreditch

Hipster stereotypes aside, what does creative Mecca Shoreditch have to offer? (Apart from street art, heavily groomed beards and outlandish pop-up cafes...)

The self-proclaimed creative hub of London, Shoreditch has become known as something of a hipster playground. But after visiting the Cereal-Killer Cafe, what else is there to do? To start you off on your journey of self-discovery into your inner-hipster, here are some cool places in Shoreditch.

*strokes well-oiled beard*

Happiness_ForgetsDRINK HAPPINESS FORGETS

“Great cocktails, no wallies.” That’s how this Hoxton Sqaure bar describes itself. Based in an intimate low-lit basement with simple but striking décor, and featuring some of London’s finest mixologists, this sounds about right. Alongside the extensive drinks menu, the bartenders here have no problem whipping up whatever you ask. Just try not to forget the whole “no wallies” thing and don’t take the piss.

Having won GQ’s best bar award in April, Happiness Forgets is going from strength to strength, recently opening its 2nd sister venue – Petit Pois Bistro, just upstairs.

8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

24-Hour24 HOURS BEIGEL BAKE

While Brick Lane’s Beigel shop claims to be London’s first bagel, sorry beigel, shop in London, its competitor down the road, Bagel Bake, is open 24 hours so gets our vote.

Churning out up to 7000 bagels a day alongside chola (challah) bread, croissants and other pastries, this classic Jewish bakery is traditional and unpretentious – a quality that is becoming increasingly rare in gentrified Shoreditch.

Try their special – salted beef with mustard and pickle – or a dig into a cream cheese bagel. However, if you pop by in the early hours of the morning after a long night out, you might find yourself jostling for your bagel alongside suited businesspeople on their way to work.

159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB, UK

HostemSHOP HOSTEM

Of course Old Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets are the go-to shopping locations in Shoreditch, but if you’re looking for something else, the district still has a lot to offer.

With LC:M just around the corner, our pick of shop has to be Hostem. Four months into their temporary new location on Nichol Street, while their old store on Redchurch Street is being renovated, Hostem is a one-stop shop for simple designer clothing.

Displaying brands like Casely-Hayford, Comme des Garçons, The Elder Statesman, and Yohji Yamamoto encased in conceptual fixtures and furniture, this 230-sqm high fashion haven also features artwork from the likes of Graham Collins and Kika Karadi. If you get the chance, pop by and check out the new capsule collection exclusively developed by American designer Geoffrey B. Small for the shop.

And if you can’t make it to the building, Hostem’s clothes are also available online at Farfetch.

28 Old Nichol St, London E2 7HR, UK

MurdockHAIRCUT MURDOCH

After buying some new threads at Hostem, you’ll need a fresh cut to match. Enter Murdock. This modern yet traditional barbershop is the perfect place to get a haircut or a quick shave whilst sipping a whiskey and reading a newspaper. More than just a haircut, Murdoch offers all the services a gentleman could require: a wet shave, a shoe shine, and a facial, among others.

Murdoch has become something of a lifestyle brand with their ‘Murdoch Man‘ blog that details their favourites in culture, food, and of course, grooming. They also produce their own range of grooming products and colognes that is stocked by the likes of Hackett.

46 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP

Rok-SteakhouseEAT RöK SMOKEHOUSE

As you might have suspected by the cheeky umlaut on the o, Rök Smokehouse has been heavily influenced by northern European food and cooking techniques. Specialising in smoked, cured and brined meats, this Nordic restaurant also features a range of  preserved and fermented foods like pickle and sauerkraut.

For us though, aside from the food, the best thing about Rök is thät it’s inspired üs tö stärt üsing ümläüts äs müch äs we pössibly cän.

26 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NY

Two-BitPLAY TWO-BIT

Hidden in the basement of Brew Dog Shoreditch, Two-Bit is an Americana-themed retro bar. Something of an arcade or adults, Two-bit features a selection of coin-operated games like pinball and arcade classics like Space Invaders. Alongside the full Brew Dog food menu and daily specials, Two-Bit also serves Billy Franks jerky, perfect for snacking without having to leave your game.

And to quench your thirst from the salty jerky, order something from the regularly updated list of American craft beers they serve on draught and in bottles.

God bless America.

51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom