Historically a magnet for impoverished immigrants, Shoreditch/Brick Lane has become synonymous with the hipster class in recent years, given its assortment of edgy bars, trendy cafés, and “do-it-yourself” late-night spots. In fact, the area’s prevalence of art and design students and new media professionals led to the creation of the outwardly disparaging term “Shoreditch twat” to describe what some see as an over-abundance of privileged creative types.
There’s certainly no shortage of Hoxton Finn haircuts and retro fashion on the regular crowd, but Brick Lane is also the heart of Bangladeshi culture in London, with rows of fabulous curry houses and mosques lining the namesake main drag, along with contemporary galleries and eclectic coffee shops.
With one-of-a-kind boutiques selling East End fashions ranging from designer skinny jeans to mod party dresses, Shoreditch/Brick Lane has plenty to offer style-hunters of almost every budget. And once the shops close, the area’s creative crowd enjoys a lively bar scene that covers almost the entire nightlife spectrum, from the lounges and stellar underground music joints to the historic pub The Wenlock Arms.
Matching hardscrabble grit with a little bit of polish, Shoreditch/Brick Lane remains a must-visit for partiers (twats or otherwise) who prefer evenings raw, raging, and full of local flavor.
Party Earth Review Where other pubs try to recreate the look and vibe of a nineteenth-century neighborhood watering hole, The Wenlock Arms is the real deal, a nearly two-hundred-year-old public house ... more
26 Wenlock Road
London N1 7TA
Party Earth Review A Brick Lane fixture for over a decade, the vibrant Vibe Bar is a hip but welcoming local hangout that helped popularize London’s East End. A buzzing beer garden in the cobblestone ... more
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
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83 Rivington Street
Shoreditch London EC2A 3AY
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202 Brick Lane
London E1 6SA
Party Earth Review Decked out with an exhibit space, bar, and graffiti-covered smoking balcony encircling the main performance hall, XOYO is a one-stop shop for concert junkies looking for a cultural ... more
32-37 Cowper Street
London EC2A 4AP
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100–106 Leonard Street
London, EC2A 4RH
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London E1 6AW
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104-108 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3AH
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63 Worship Street
London, EC2A 2DU63