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In Shoreditch We Trust: A Creative Powerhouse Since 1547

09 April 2022 / Area Guides

Shoreditch was a very different place when Stirling Ackroyd came into existence. Run down warehouse buildings were home to artists, creatives and those in search of a new and exciting London neighbourhood. 


With access to brilliantly affordable studio spaces, and in search of a genuine vibrant community feel with the conveniences offered by being in central London, the creative community soon made Shoreditch their home. An incredible art scene developed here, and famed local artists-in-residence included Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Gary Hume and Patrick Hughes – still working from his Great Eastern Street studios to this day.


Taking art outdoors, Shoreditch’s murals and graffiti is also exceptional. Some of the very biggest and best artists’ work can be found on Chance Street – a place where street artists from around the world come to express themselves. Also in the area, the famous Cargo bar on Rivington Street – at the heart of the street art scene, Banksy has hosted pop-up shows here, and in the bar’s courtyard there are two originals to be seen here.


The UK’s leading creative agencies also came to work, rest and play in Shoreditch, and some of the world’s leading designers and advertising professionals call this home.  From industry giants like  Mother London to inspired young graphic designers in co-working spaces – Shoreditch inspires, bringing brands to life from the heart of EC2.


Having fun in Shoreditch is nothing new. When the London authorities banned building of playhouses in 1574, they shifted to the then London suburbs. As a result Shoreditch became an important centre for Elizabethan Theatre. This tradition continued into the 19th and early 20th century, with local theatres and music halls rivalling the West end! Arts and culture really is in Shoreditch’s DNA.


Stirking Ackroyd’s founders also knew that Shoreditch was a great place to be in the 80s. Drawn by affordable city rents, and inspired by the unique Victorian warehouse spaces and expansive lofts on offer, the creation of a commercial estate agency here initially raised industry eyebrows, however they saw the potential and knew that great things were soon to come. Next to the City and full of beautiful architecture, it was obvious to Stirling Ackroyd’s founders that Shoreditch was a place with serious potential.

Nothing has changed – so if you want to work in an amazing area in inspiring commercial spaces, get in touch.


A variety of unique workspaces available at the historic Zetland HouseThis impressive office block offers space over 1st - 3rd floors all offering open plan layouts and brilliant natural light throughout.1,420 sq ft of self-contained office in an excellent Shoreditch location
Self-contained Freehold offices for sale at 28 Cowper Street. 100 metres from the new Old Street Underground Station.Self-contained Freehold offices for sale at 26 Cowper Street. 100 metres from the new Old Street Underground Station.The Space, a new-build ground and lower ground floor commercial space. Paintworks, Shoreditch.

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