Explore the Shoreditch scene: What to do when staying at the M by Montcalm

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M by Montcalm sits in the heart of Shoreditch, London’s young creative hub. Home to London’s Tech City, this is a neighbourhood that combines restless energy with a certain sophistication; there is no better place in the city to get the creative juices flowing.

Whether you’re staying at M for business or pleasure, make sure to explore the surrounding area to get the full Shoreditch experience. We’ve put together a few pointers to help you on your way.

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Eat

Shoreditch is all about fine food at affordable prices. One of the best places to start your culinary exploring is the area’s street food scene, which is among London’s best. Food Village and Pump Street Food Market, both on Shoreditch High Street, are bursting with street food goodness from burritos to burgers.

If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, you won’t be short of options either. From Scandinavian restaurants to steak houses, Shoreditch’s restaurant and eatery scene is just as creative and diverse as the neighbourhood itself. If you want to try something a little different, this is the part of London to do it.

Shop

Looking to spend some of the rewards of your hard work? Shoreditch’s retail scene offers a level of variety you won’t find at the major chains. Head to Boxpark to browse the wares at the world’s first pop-up mall, constructed out of disused shipping containers, a perfect example of how Shoreditch’s creativity blends the old with the new.

Redchurch Street is perhaps the best place to browse Shoreditch’s many independent boutiques, where you’ll be able to find unique items at reasonable prices. The traders at the famous Brick Lane market offer just about everything you can think of and provide a perfect environment for shoppers with an open mind. From antiques and electronics to food and fashion, you can find it all at Brick Lane.

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Drink

Whether you want to enjoy a relaxed cocktail or party the night away, Shoreditch has plenty to offer. This is an area of London that has long been famed for its nightlife. Centuries ago, Shoreditch was notorious for its brothels and theatres, but is now lauded for its many bars and nightclubs, which cater for almost all tastes.

Art and culture

From the National Gallery to the Tate Modern, London is home to some of the finest art galleries in the world. However, these aren’t the only the places you can find breathtaking works of art, as Shoreditch’s street art scene is arguably the best in the city and well worth a look.

It’s possible to book tours of Shoreditch’s street art haunts, but it can be equally rewarding to take a stroll through the neighbourhood and see what you can find. Hotspots we’d recommend include Brick Lane, Redchurch Street and the area between Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, which is known as the Shoreditch Triangle.

Shoreditch is also home to the National Centre for Circus Arts, which offers classes on everything from juggling to the trapeze. If you’ve got the time, why not go along and learn a new skill? These courses are very popular, so be sure to book ahead on the centre’s website if you do want to master some circus skills!

History

Traditionally a working class area, Shoreditch began to attract young creatives in the mid-1990s and has since become the fashionable neighbourhood we see today. You can get a sense of the area’s history by simply taking a walk around its streets, which showcase this fusion of old and new.

To learn a little more about the past, visit The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, which explores how people’s homes have changed from the 17th century through to the modern day. Focusing on the living rooms of the English middle class, the museum provides a visual representation of how homes have developed over the centuries. Set in an elegant 18th-century almshouse and surrounded by award-winning gardens, this is a fantastic place to stop off for a little bit of learning. Admission is free and the museum is open seven days a week with the exception of the Christmas period.

Shoreditch is just one small corner of London and if you want to see more of what the city has to offer, M by Montcalm is ideally placed to help you do so. Old Street tube (Northern line) and rail station is just a few minutes’ walk away and provides you with easy access to the rest of the capital.

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