Luxury and boutique hotels in Shoreditch
Between the axis of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch has cobbled avenues littered with lively hangout spots. Vice pub the Old Blue Last, alt joint XOYO and the convivial Colours Hoxton host gigs of all genres; cocktail bars (Nightjar, Satan’s Whispers, Coupette) are London’s most exciting; and Spitalfields Market brims with street-food favourites and indie labels. Whimsy is a way of life here, with grown-up ball-pits, table-football joints, speakeasies, mini-golf parlours, and feline-filled caff Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. It has a touch of delayed adolescence, but it’s all the more fun for it.
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When to go
Even when the sun’s dimmed there’s something shiny to attract you here. In summer people spill onto bar terraces on Hoxton Square; winter brings warming club nights; and the Queen of Hoxton’s roof terrace changes theme with the season.
PlanesFrom Heathrow, ride the express train to Paddington, then hop on the Tube’s Circle or Hammersmith & City Line and ride to Liverpool Street station; central Shoreditch is around a 10-minute walk from there. From Gatwick, ride the express train to Victoria, hop on the Tube to Euston the change onto the Northern Line for a few stops to Old Street station. By taxi, either airport is a 90-minute ride.
AutomobilesShoreditch is just outside the Congestion Charge zone, but driving in the city can be a harrowing affair. London’s transport links are better than grumbling locals would have you believe and Shoreditch is well-placed for zipping around by Tube. You can easily hire a car at London’s major airports, but parking it is a less straightforward affair.