Shoreditch is one of London's trendiest and most downright hip neighborhoods.
Open air rooftop cinemas with bean bags for cushions; hipster coffee shops complete with razor-wielding barbers; trendy street food joints to keep your energy levels up – Shoreditch is fun from start to finish. London's art galleries are some of the best in the world, but this neighborhood is all about street art and graffiti. Signing up for a street art tour will allow you to discover works by the likes of Banksy and Shepard Fairey, during which you'll learn plenty about the history of the neighborhood as well.
Head to Redchurch Street afterward to check out the contemporary design and perfume stores, and stop by for a cheap and satisfying salt beef beigel from Beigel Bake – a Brick Lane institution that doesn't do curry.
Best places to stay
Hip and happening hotels aplenty in Shoreditch! A stay at the Ace Hotel – located right in the artsy heart of the neighborhood with all its galleries and Brick Lane Market nearby – will push all your creative buttons. Neighborhood-centered The Hoxton, no-nonsense and buzzing with activity, will make you feel like a local in no time.
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