Back in the ‘90s, London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood was renowned for its seedy streets and artists' studios. Nowadays it's more creative types with their start-ups than down-and-out artists searching for their big break. Sitting pretty between East London and The City, this ‘hood is a culmination of contemporary cool and London life.
Jolene | 10am
Start your day at the Redchurch Street located Jolene — a super quaint little cafe on the corner, with oh-so-yummy bread, pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Part of the Big Jo Bakery family that uses regenerative Wildfarmed grains, this sumptuous spot has a sustainable stance on the food industry. Grab a coffee and pastry to-go, and you’ll be ready to explore.
Explore Redchurch Street | 10.30am
Redchurch Street is Shoreditch’s main draw — when it comes to shopping. Pop into Earl of East or Labour and Wait for something super chic for your home. There’s APC and Aimé for elevated essentials, Le Labo and Aesop for grooming, and if you’re looking for something with a little more street cred, head to UJNG or SCRT.
And lastly, make sure to check out the Appear Here locations on Redchurch, often playing host to some of the world’s intriguing independents. The glass-front space and Club Row boutique are brand favourites, and available to rent for aspiring entrepreneurs or innovative brands looking to get their product into a high footfall location.
No Ordinary Love pop-up | 12pm
To celebrate the romantic season, One Hundred Shoreditch — the latest chic hotel to open in the neighbourhood — has collaborated with The Old Bank Vault once again to curate 'No Ordinary Love', a unique self-love pop-up shop in an ode to Valentine’s Day. Make sure to check out the goods from ILOH, the UK’s first sexual health and wellbeing products designed by women for women.
Rochelle Canteen | 1pm
Now you’ve worked up an appetite after a spot of shopping, head to Rochelle Canteen — loved by locals and visitors. Modern British cuisine is complemented by its secret garden surroundings, which provide ample shelter from the hustle and bustle of busy Shoreditch. While Rochelle is best for when the sun is shining, Lyle's indoor location makes it a refined choice, whatever the weather. Expect a forever-changing, seasonal menu (also of the modern British variety) in a modern, minimalist setting.
Close-Up Cinema | 3pm
Post lunch, why not get your culture fix and head to Close-Up. Launched back in 2005, this independent cinema champions film culture and history, making it readily accessible through its programming and library. Did you know: Close-Up is the most comprehensive independent film resource in London?
If arthouse cinema isn’t exactly your thing, try Rich Mix or the Curzon Hoxton up the road.
Street Art | 5.50pm
Shoreditch often plays host to many artistic pop-up galleries and showcases of talent, however, the ‘hood is also bursting with street art on nearly every corner. Some even refer to the area as ground zero for the global street art movement, attracting local and international talent. Hence why the murals and graffiti give Shoreditch its gritty edge — as well as a political and ever-changing splash of paint.
Not sure where to start? Head to either Brick Lane, Holywell Lane or The Nomadic Community Garden. You can also sign up for one of the Shoreditch Street Art Tours, for a more comprehensive outing.
La Pesa La Pesa | 7pm
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in Shoreditch. Date nights call for the intimate and candle-lit newcomer, La Pesa on Rivington Street. This no-booking, walk-in-only hidden gem hosts chefs from around the world and is currently serving up dishes by February’s resident chef, Francesco Sarvonio.
If perhaps, you’re looking for something a little more elevated, book a table at Cycene. A restaurant by Blue Mountain School in collaboration with executive chef, Theo Clench, who likes to bring out the most vibrant of flavors from the simplest of ingredients. Theo’s 10-course menu fuses classical techniques with Eastern Asia and Australasia influences.
Nightcap: Boundary rooftop drink | 10.30pm
End with a nightcap on the rooftop of Boundary, a boutique hotel on the corner of Redchurch Street. Get cosy under a blanket, order your favourite cocktail and look out onto the London skyline — the perfect ending, or start, to your date night.