Shoreditch is famous throughout London for its industrial heritage and creative roots. Our founder, James Goff, opened the Shoreditch branch in the early 1980s and vividly remembers the huge impact it had on the artistic community; ‘the artists were the first group to move in…you could often go into the local pub, the Bricklayers Arms, and find the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Gavin Turk.’
Living in Shoreditch
The district is famous throughout London for its industrial heritage and creative roots. You are hard pushed in London to find as many vibrant and eclectic bars, restaurants and properties there are in EC2. This has created significant demand from buyers and tenants in the area, seeing a phenomenal rise in property prices since Stirling Ackroyd first set up shop in Curtain Road in 1986. From the start the area has always attracted artists and musicians, although today it is also popular with financiers, lawyers, and a whole host of other professionals keen to live close to the City.
The property in Shoreditch is a diverse mix of classic London townhouses, offices and modern apartment developments. The area has become renowned for its many loft apartments, and warehouse conversions which stems from its heritage of property developers who bought up formers industrial buildings, and turned them into liveable spaces. Stirling Ackroyd’s Shoreditch sales manager, Nick Karamanlis, suggests; “the people who bought in Shoreditch 20 years ago bought very cheaply, and even if they no longer live here, they remain attached to the area and prefer to rent out rather than sell.’
However, Karamanlis points out, Shoreditch is entering the next stage of its transformation, with new tower blocks already built, under way or at the planning stage. Some call this the “Canary Wharf-isation” of Shoreditch, claiming it could take away the area’s rugged charm.
As well as its fantastic location, it is the diverse range of galleries, boutiques, independent businesses, bars and restaurants that make it at the forefront or art, culture and entertainment in London and beyond. The markets at Spitalfields, Petticoat Lane and Columbia Road have always been a destination for East Londoners but are now pulling in visitors from across the capital.
Shoreditch is an area where massive regeneration sits neatly and smartly next to history. The opening of the East London Line linking the southern suburbs to Shoreditch has increased the area’s popularity, but it still maintains that characters that makes it such an exciting place to live and work.
Stirling Ackroyd is the leading estate agents in Shoreditch, and cover property in EC2, EC3, E2, E3, E8, E9, and N1: Shoreditch, Old Street, Liverpool Street, Hoxton, Tower Hill, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Stepney, Islington, Dalston, Bow and Hackney. If you are looking to move please contact our local office on Great Eastern Street.
If you are looking to move please contact our local Shoreditch office on Great Eastern Street.
Eating and Drinking In Shoreditch
Tapas - ££
A sleek modern interior and a menu rippling with Portuguese and Spanish treats have made this Shoreditch restaurant an instant classic. The menu offers up huge variety and impeccable ingredients; the perfect place for a business meeting.
Song Que Cafe
Vietnamese - £
One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the capital, this restaurant on Kingsland Road offers up some of the best tasting dishes including Fried Green Mussels and Spicy Soft Shell Crab; a great one for sharing with friends.
Chicken & Steak - ££
An Arty Mark Hix restaurant in a Grade II listed tram shed building on Rivington Street. The main two options here are chicken and steak, as indicated by the bovine and poultry themed artwork, including a Damien Hirst hanging over a gallery. Whether it’s a simple lunch to go or a full three course dinner, this is a very popular local venue.
Café - £
A greasy spoon café on Bethnal Green Road this is na East London tradition that is now almost legendary, making British fry ups and old Italian dishes for over 100 years. Incredibly heart-warming, it is just one of those experiences all those living in Shoreditch need to experience.
Burgers - ££
Set in a converted missionary, this venue is truly a cathedral to all that is burger. Messy, delicious and accompanied by some of the yummiest cocktails in London. It is an absolutely favourite of our office in Shoreditch but be prepared to queue, as this is always busy!
Steaks - £££
Ask any Londoner about Hawksmoor and they will start salivating at the thought of some of the most luxurious steaks in the capital. It has won numerous awards, and its impressive servings of cocktails on the side make it one of the most sought after places for treating yourself in London.
Café - ££
Whether it is the neon sign saying “Sex, Drugs & Bacon Rolls” or the secret codes to access parts of the bar, the Spitalfields Breakfast Club is one of the most popular ones in the City. Put simply, it is the classic hipster breakfast bar, and the food here is phenomenal. Try the pancakes.
Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes
Café - £
Great cocktails, coffees, and pizzas in the confines of this old shoe and bag emporium popular amongst Hoxton’s finest. A great place to find some of the newest music and art, and retains the original trendy East End vibe.
The Jones Family Project
Brasserie - £££
Whether it’s for steak downstairs or laid back bar food upstairs, this Shoreditch restaurant on Great Eastern Street is starting to pull in the attention of the locals. An emphasis on quality ingredients and daily specials, there is more to this restaurant than might meet the eye.
Read our interview with Jones Family Project.
The Hoxton Hotel
Grill - £££
A roaring fire and well mixed cocktails make the Hoxton Hotel a popular Shoreditch hotel, bar and restaurant. The food here is rich and memorable, a great selection of steaks and burgers, and expect to get your hands messy with their famed ribs.
Indian - £££
Whether it is a cuppa chai tea and bacon naan roll for breakfast, or amazing spicy lamb chops, the atmosphere and food in Dishoom is unsurpassed in Shoreditch. An impressive menu where everything is spiced to perfection.
Estate agents in Shoreditch
Stirling Ackroyd's Shoreditch Office: Shoreditch is a vibrant and exciting location in London with a variety of period properties as well as modern developments and warehouse conversions. With our head office in the heart of Shoreditch we are able to cater for all your property needs. Meet our Shoreditch team.
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