Where Trends Emerge – a Foray through the Artists’ and Design Scene of Shoreditch
London Underground – Old Street: we enter the streets of London. After a short walk we find ourselves on Brick Lane. We’re in the hip and trendy Shoreditch district. It’s where you find street art side by side with renowned gourmet restaurants and retro vintage stores. To this day, the district is a source of inspiration for fashion and design – including for CG – CLUB of GENTS.
From Dreary Immigrant Neighbourhood to Trendy Artists’ Scene
Today, Shoreditch is one of the most exciting districts of London. Even though more and more tourists have discovered it in recent years, Shoreditch is definitely worth a visit. It lies beyond the traditional sightseeing attractions in the Hackney borough of London’s East End, and yet, this trendy scene is really only a stone’s throw from the city. In the nineteenth century, Shoreditch was a dreary immigrant and working-class neighbourhood and terrorised by the serial murderer Jack the Ripper. At the end of the twentieth century, designer Alexander McQueen and artist Damien Hirst moved into the empty warehouses. Many like-minded people followed them, which is why later on, the district came to be mainly populated by the avant-garde from the design, fashion and art worlds. Since then, numerous IT firms have established themselves there, as well. Most of them work in shared offices in old, elaborately restored warehouses in this Silicon Valley of London. Due to the ever-growing popularity of the district, the real creative scene is now moving further east. What they leave behind is cafés and galleries, markets and boutiques, restaurants and second-hand shops.
Pop-up Stores, Vintage Shops, and Antiques Markets
Boxpark was the first pop-up shopping mall in the world and is regarded as the revolutionary blueprint for a new concept. This shopping mall, composed of shipping containers, is a real highlight and has since been copied by many other European cities. One of the greatest attributes of Boxpark is the redefinition of the shopping and gastronomy concept. There’s not just a great diversity of restaurants and shops; the bars, terraces and streets are host to a diverse cultural programme as well.
2- 10 Bethnal Green Rd
BRICK LANE VINTAGE MARKET
Vintage specialists from Britain and mainland Europe offer their goods on Brick Lane Vintage Market at the Truman Brewery. The boutiques offer clothing items covering everything fashion dreamt up from the 1920s through to the 1990s. Whether it’s glamorous fur coats, feather cloaks, classic bridal wear, men’s suits, vinyl records or one-of-a-kind accessories – there are innumerable discoveries to be made.
85 Brick Lane
OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET
There really is no shortage of markets in the Shoreditch district, but one of the greatest and oldest is Old Spitalfields Market, which has been around for 350 years. This market is open seven days a week and each day has a different theme. On Thursdays there is a large antiques market, and on Fridays one can buy art and clothing. 44 retailers and restaurants, 88 market stalls and 25 street food stands are gathered together here, beneath a Victorian market roof.
16 Homer Square
The Artistic Centre of London’s Street Art
This exhibition centre is home to contemporary arts and offers artists from the fields of photography, painting, sculpture and new media a platform for networking and to showcase their work. It’s worth visiting the location just for one of the numerous events that take place here throughout the year. Aside from the music and arts programme, there’s an all-night food market, film showings and skateboard shows. Additionally, there is an outdoor pop-up event called “red market” in the summer.
1-3 Rivington Street
The Cargo is a London institution. This nightclub is located in an old train viaduct and since its opening in November 2000, the most diverse events have taken place there. Above all, however, the Cargo is home to music, from live performances to club sounds like House, Techno and Electro. Additionally, there is a street art gallery on the outside, featuring works by Banksy and Shepard Fairey.
83 Rivington Street
STREET ART ENTLANG DER BRICK LANE
“What you see today might be gone tomorrow.” Street art sets out to irritate, provoke and communicate. It comes in all different shapes, sizes and colours – as graffiti, murals, posters and collage. In Shoreditch, it’s hardly possible to avoid the fantastic street art. Especially around Brick Lane, there’s hardly a wall that’s been left untouched. Internationally known street artists like Banksy, Roa and Space Invaders have immortalised themselves here. But the works can disappear from view as quickly as they appear – so keep your eyes open and don’t forget to walk on both sides of the road.
Our tip: free Street Art & Graffiti Tour