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Updated 2019. If your idea of the perfect Sunday in London includes brunch, cool coffee spots, market hopping, street food stands and street art then spending Sunday in Shoreditch will be your perfect day, and even if this isn’t your idea of the perfect Sunday then give it a go as you never know, you might just enjoy it!
Shoreditch is a fairly small area in East London however when me and my friends refer to Shoreditch we also include the nearby areas of Hoxton, Old Street, Bishopsgate, Bricklane, Liverpool Street and Aldgate (therefore I have included all these areas in this guide and I couldn’t include all of these in the title!) and what I love most about Shoreditch is how it varies from the glass sky scrapers of the Gerkin and Herons Tower home to the suited and booted City workers, to the small streets around Brick Lane home of the ultimate Hipster, it really is one of the best areas in London to visit!
Here is my guide to help you have the best day in Shoreditch whether you visit on Sunday or another day of the week. I have spent many weekends in Shoreditch and I love it!
There are many different stations that serve this area depending on where you’re coming from and all of these stations will be perfect to start the day I have planned for you: Old Street, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street, Whitechapel, Aldgate East.
If you’re not in London already and need to book train tickets to London, be sure to check out The Train Line. I use them all the time to compare the best train times, journey lengths and prices!
In order to fuel your day hold off on having breakfast and instead go for Brunch because this area is full of cool brunch spots. Personally, I’d recommend Hoi Polloi on Shoreditch High Street and Lantana in Old Street and Friends of Ours, but if you’re feeling really quirky head to the Cereal Killer Cafe.
For more London Brunch options head to my London Brunch Guide here
After brunch your first stop should be Colombia Road Flower Market, a must-see on a Sunday exploring East London. I say that the flower market should be your first stop as it gets very very busy so the earlier you get here the better (although expect it to always be pretty busy). A small section of street is completely transformed and lined with flowers upon flowers with London market sellers shouting all the offers. The street also has lots of independent shops along it so if you feel you need to get away from the crowds then step inside one of them and have a look around.
Talking of markets, if you like Shoreditch, you’ll love Camden too and there are ways to avoid the Camden crowds, see my blog post – A Guide to the Perfect Day in Camden Town, London
The best way to get to the Flower Market in Shoreditch is to walk up Shoreditch High street, turn right onto Hackney Road and right again straight onto Columbia Road, follow the road and you’ll soon stumble upon it. The mass of people carrying flowers back from there will also give it away!
Next, follow your steps back onto Shoreditch High Street and walk down it until you come to BoxPark on the corner, have a browse in some of the shops but cross back over and head up Chance Street on your left. You may think you’re heading up a dodgy alleyway but pretty soon you’ll be greeted with the famous Instagram wall in Shoreditch. Perfect for getting some snaps against!
If you can’t make it to Shoreditch on a Sunday, there’s still plenty open during the rest of the week: Places To Visit in Shoreditch Any Day of the Week, with a Map!
If you like street art, Shoreditch offers some great tours and a 2-hour tour like these would fit into your day in Shoreditch really well:
Afterwards, turn right onto Redchurch street and stop along here for a coffee, there are lots of cool, hipster, quirky cafes along here, one that I love is called Barber & Parlour and it does actually have a barber in it, but also a really good cafe and coffee! Shoreditch probably has the best coffee in London so make sure you make the most of it!
While you’re here keep your eye out for some cool Shoreditch street art, especially up the side lanes!
Your next stop just up the road is Brick Lane! Brick Lane in Shoreditch is a funny little street and it screams East London. It’s filled with many independent shops from book shops to bagel shops to vintage clothes shops to curry restaurants, there are a few chain stores there now but they aren’t too ‘in your face’ which is good as this area is known for its independence and quirkiness! This is one of the best places to visit in Shoreditch on Sunday to understand what Shoreditch is all about!
On a Sunday there is a Sunday Market that runs pretty much all the way down Brick Lane with so many different food options as well as things to buy, I would suggest getting lunch at one of the many food markets on your way down Brick Lane as there are many stalls both inside and out with food from pretty much every region you could ever want! Make sure you take a seat on the curb too in true East London fashion!
When you get close to the end of Brick Lane you’ll notice the big Vintage Market on your right, this area is also filled with food stalls and stalls selling clothes, jewellery, bags, records, and everything you could ever really need!
From here turn right onto Hanbury Street until you see Spitalfields Market up in front of you on the left. You may be a bit over markets by this point but Spitalfields is a gorgeous building and worth a visit just to admire it, again it’s filled with food stalls and clothes stalls and there are some nice shops surrounding the outside. Once you’re here I would suggest you go into one of my favourite Wine Bars – Vagabond, as a glass of wine will probably be needed by now and they actually have seating which goes into the market so nab one of these if you can!
Alternatively, there’s plenty of other places to have a drink around here or head back to the bottom of Brick Lane and find a cool bar around there – the Big Chill Bar is pretty cool and has music playing on Sunday afternoons.
If you’re still this way around dinner time then heading onto Brick Lane for a curry is a must as Brick Lane Curries are the best Curries in London and almost as famous as the street itself, you won’t have trouble finding a place as the restaurant owners will be out on the street later on offering you the best offers they can and you can get yourself a pretty good deal!
If you’re staying overnight in or near Shoreditch why not go on a pub crawl to see some of the best bars and pubs the area has to offer!
And that will conclude your day in Shoreditch!
Here’s a map highlighting the main places I have suggested to visit above.
Yes! If you can’t go to Shoreditch on Sunday then it’s still worth a visit on a Saturday or during the week but the Colombia Road Flower Market and Brick Lane Market will not be on, however this will mean it will be less busy and that the streets are easier to walk down so that’s a positive and there’s still plenty of food markets about in the Vintage Market and Spitalfields Market so you can get your fair share of market food!
Due to the markets not being on, to help fill your time a Shoreditch Street Art tour or Walking Tour like this would be a really good idea as Shoreditch has so much history and is very famous for its street art!
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