- Transport links
- Schools and services
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
Introduction to Shoreditch Area Guide
Shoreditch is one of the inner areas of London, sitting just north of the actual City of London itself. This means that Shoreditch is perfect for people who work in the City, but it also means that it is an area of London that has become much less a residential area, and more of a commercial area. That being said, Shoreditch is still a great place to live if you can afford the price.
Shoreditch has a long history of theatre and entertainment, being the place where the first ever playhouse was constructed in London. A playhouse that became the venue for the opening night of many of the plays Shakespeare wrote. And these roots are still very visible today. Shoreditch is home to some great restaurants and bars, and also arts venues.
As far as green spaces go, the options in Shoreditch are limited. Primarily due to the fact that the land price in the area is so high. Every available space is or has been developed for more profitable use. Residents have to rely on other surrounding areas that have open spaces for them to enjoy.
Shoreditch House Prices
The average price for a property in Shoreditch last year was a little under £700,000. It should be noted that almost all properties changing hands in the area are apartments. Most residential detached, terraced and semi-detached properties are now used as offices or for other commercial purposes.
Transport links in Shoreditch Area Guide
Shoreditch High Street Station is located on the southeast overland rail network, connecting into London Victoria and out to the rest of the country. Shoreditch London Underground Station was closed in 2006, and currently, there is no tube stop in Shoreditch.
The mass of bus routes than run through Shoreditch make up for the lack of a tube stop. Many buses head both in the City of London and out towards other southern and eastern parts of London.
Schools in Shoreditch Area Guide & public services
Although Shoreditch doesn’t have as many schools as other areas of London, there are a few good options. Of note is the Central Foundation Boys School which has produced some major musical talent such as Trevor Nelson and Ronnie Scott.
The intriguingly named Ironmonger Row Baths acts as a local community leisure centre. It has a full public swimming pool, a gymnasium, and also one of the last remaining Turkish baths in central London.
Restaurants and Bars in Shoreditch Area Guide
Where Shoreditch may lack local amenities such as schools and community services, it makes up for with nightlife and entertainment. Great food, historic pubs, and world-class entertainment venues make nightlife in Shoreditch diverse and fun.
Bars/Pubs: There are simply dozens of bars and pubs in Shoreditch, and finding the best of them can be a challenge. Historically, The Carpenter's Arms is one of the best English pubs in the area and was once owned by the infamous Kray twins. And of course, the equally infamous Ten Bells, the stalking grounds of the sinister Jack the Ripper. For something a little trendier, check out Lounge Lover, the place where Madonna celebrated her 48th birthday.
Restaurants: In Shoreditch, you can eat almost any type of cuisine any time you wish, there are so many restaurants. This includes some of the best up and coming London street food such as Mother Clucker in the old Truman Brewery car park. Brick Lane is famous for the string of top quality Indian restaurants it plays home to. The Albion and The Boundary make up the two best fine dining options in the area. And the Clove Club is always worth a visit. A Michelin award-winning eatery popular with people all over London. There are so many excellent restaurants in Shoreditch that no matter your taste or budget you will find something to suit.
Other Entertainment: Cinemas seem to have replaced the old theatres and playhouses that the area was once famous for. Rich Mix is probably the most interesting of these. This is both a cinema and a communal art space. It shows both major blockbuster releases, and also smaller indie-style movies. For something a little different, check out the Geffrye Museum that uses an 11 room terraced house to display furniture made in Shoreditch through the ages.