Shoreditch is one of London’s most iconic areas, located in the East End, making up the southern part of Hackney. It has transformed over the years, from a rather grotty suburb to the home of young creatives and trendsetters buzzing around the many local bars, restaurants, shops, and attractions.
It is a beast that keeps on growing and with the recent launch of the Elizabeth line, getting to Liverpool Street from Bond Street in seven minutes unites the East End and Central London even further.
But why is Shoreditch a good base for your business?
Known as Silicon Roundabout, the UK’s tech and start-up scene tend to cluster around this key area, however there are over 12,500 small, medium and global enterprises based in the vicinity, from across all creative industries. In 2011 Shoreditch topped the wish list for expanding media companies as the most popular place to base their business and it has continued to gain momentum ever since.
Shoreditch is incredibly well connected by multiple bus and rail networks and has just opened the long-awaited Elizabeth line Crossrail, which connects Liverpool Street to central London in under ten minutes and allows passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Shenfield or Abbey Wood in the east.
Old Street station also serves both underground and overground lines, providing easy access to King’s Cross, The City and the rest of London.
The real ‘work hard play hard’. Shoreditch comes alive at night, creators and trendsetters fill the bars, restaurants and galleries in this cultural hotspot. There are plenty of cosy cocktail bars ideal for an after-work drink or date night, Callooh Callay or Found to name a few. If you’re hardcore and going out out on a school night, you won’t be disappointed, Shoreditch is home to many incredible clubs, XOYO, Cargo or Queen of Hoxton will keep you dancing until the early hours.
Food glorious food, Shoreditch is packed with wonderful culinary delights to explore, from street food to fine dining, the choices are endless. You can find literally any type of cuisine here, for Michelin star try Angler, The Clove Club or Mãos. Or head over to Dinerama or Boxpark on your lunch break to grab some tasty street food from any of the many pop-up stalls.
As a hotbed of culture and creativity, you may not be surprised to hear Shoreditch lays claim to being the birthplace of modern theatre. Before the globe theatre was built, Shakespeare spent much of his time living and working in Shoreditch. By the early 1600s there were two theatres in the area, including the still standing Curtain Theatre, which welcomed guests to watch the performances from as early as 1620. As such Shoreditch was known as a good spot for a night out even back then.
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