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The newest Fora will open soon in Shoreditch. Famed for its food, street art and culture, Shoreditch as we know it today originated from a rich but troubled history of trade and manufacture. From brick and artillery, to weaving and tailoring, Shoreditch has always been home to industry and innovation.
Today the area is a vibrant mix of food, music, fashion, street art and much more. Here is a little history of the place and some things to do that you might not know about but shouldn’t miss.
Shoreditch’s history has been one of destruction and rebirth as the wars ravaged the area. Pre-war, Shoreditch grew into its entertainment heritage thanks to the Victorians and then grew again with fashion and textiles after the war.
Just off Shoreditch High Street, stands St Leonard’s Church, a focal point of Shoreditch throughout the ages. Ever heard the song ‘Oranges and Lemons’? The nursery rhyme is famed for referencing multiple London churches, and Shoreditch gets a mention because of St Leonard’s; “When I grow rich, Say the bells at Shoreditch.”
Now one of the uber-fashionable parts of central London, Shoreditch was initially on the very outskirts and the complete opposite. Today, the rich and famous call Shoreditch home; from Damien Hirst to Barbara Windsor; Russell Brand to Luke Evans. And they’re accompanied by an exceedingly creative community, building everything from the UK’s next tech unicorn, to works of art.
Shoreditch is famed for its speakeasies and libation establishments. One of the best is Callooh Callay, and there are at least two hidden bars inside. Try and find more if you think the hangover can handle it. You might also want to try Discount Suit Company.
calloohcallaybar.com / 65 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
Boxpark is also a stone’s throw from Fora – Shoreditch – Great Eastern Street. Made from metal transport containers, a regular raft of new businesses pop-up in the impressive structure to sell everything from candles to IV hangover treatments. The selection of street food is second-to-none.
boxpark.com / 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
Shoreditch is home to the World’s Largest SAD Lamp, currently on display at Buzzbar, the first walk-in marketing service. Think Genius Bar but for marketing and you get to work side-by-side with graphic designers to strategists who want to make your business or side-hustle dreams a reality.
buzzbar.co / 32 Shoreditch High St, E1 6PG
Shoreditch is famed for its hot takes on food trends, but Cereal Killer Cafe has stood the test of time. From fried milk to crunchy nut corn dogs, this cafe isn’t for people on diets.
cerealkillercafe.co.uk / 192a Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Chock full of hotels, one of the newest and most stylish is Nobu’s. Equidistant from Shoreditch High Street and Old Street station, the restaurant-come-nightclub is a must for anyone looking for a cosy night that could turn into much more.
nobuhotels.com / 10-50 Willow St, EC2A 4BH
Street art is everywhere around Shoreditch. Sure you could wander about and find a few, but why not grab a walking tour and see the best of the best with a knowledgeable tour guide?
Galleries are dotted all over Shoreditch and in some interesting spaces. From Pure Evil to Jealous Gallery, there have never been more options available to get into art and buy yourself a little piece of wall covering to call your own. Jealous Gallery also allows you to screenprint art during their regular events.
jealousgallery.com / 53 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
Shoreditch is famed for its individual style and general way of being. Le Labo takes this one step further and helps you create your very own signature scent to adorn the twists and turns of Shoreditch. Your 23 character personalised label awaits you.
lelabo.com / 61 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ
Our next Fora is opening at 21-33 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EJ, in the heart of Shoreditch. Surrounded by everything on this list and much more, you’d be silly not to book a tour of our latest space.