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  Why move to Shoreditch' We think Shoreditch is easily the most interesting, creative and vibrant place to live in London today. Not only that, the commute to the City, Canary Wharf and Central London is really easy too. Plus the area boasts a range of homes to choose from including attractive period properties, cool warehouse conversions and slick contemporary developments. A little bit of history The vibrant Shoreditch we know and love today has enjoyed a colourful past to say the least. In the 16th century, it was home to London’s first theatres, (helped by the fact that as a suburb of the City of London, it was out of reach of the city’s puritanical law-makers). Come the 17th century Huguenot silk weavers and wealthy traders moved in, creating a booming textile and furniture industry. But, this industry declined and by the end of the 19th century the area was known for poverty, crime and prostitution, setting the scene for Jack the Ripper’s infamous murders. Bombing during WWII left the area further disadvantaged and the 20th Century saw the rein of the notorious Kray Twins. Today however, the area is once more an entertainment hotspot and is becoming world renowned for its rich cultural mix and booming creative and digital industries. Need to know There are numerous new developments springing up all over Shoreditch, including the Avant-Garde Building by Telford Homes, a 320 apartment block on Bethnal Green Road with a mix of retail units including boutiques and a supermarket. Shopping When it’s time for the weekly shop, Shoreditch boasts all the usual supermarkets but there’s much more to our shopping scene than that. Shoreditch is peppered with quirky independent boutiques to discover, from Maiden, for unqiue gifts including Bunny Sucides books and apple-shaped post-its, to leading menswear store Present, where they won’t just kit you out with the latest threads, coolest stationary and hippest comics, you can also have a coffee made by the World Barista Champion 2009. Head to Brick Lane’s Sunday market for fruit and veg, unique arts and crafts and vintage clothes and furniture, the daily Bethnal Green Road Market for fruit, veg and household goods, or, for a visual feast, Columbia Road’s spectacular Sunday Flower Market. When it’s time to kit your new home out, there’s lots on offer here too, from Squint who specialise in traditional furnishings upholstered in their trademark patchwork of vintage and contemporary textiles, and modernist mavens SPC, to übercool Milk, to countless cool and quirky small independents in Spitalfields market. For something out of the ordinary, check out Boxpark, a shopping centre made entirely of refitted shipping containers that features brands such as Nike, Evisu, Marimekko, Chopped, Crussh and Foxcroft & Ginger. The area is also famous for pop-up shops and restaurants. Keep an ear to the ground and an eye on Timeout for the latest here today gone tomorrow experience. Things to do There is never a dull moment in Shoreditch. Discover the latest artists at a local gallery, (we love Pure Evil, Pictures and Walls and Stolen Space). See the latest films at Rich Mix or Aubin Cinema, (part of private members club Shoreditch House). Enjoy the annual Shoreditch festival every July. Grab a pew outside Brick Lane Coffee and indulge in some people watching. Or get back to nature at Spitalfields City Farm, Hackney City Farm, Victoria Park or Weavers Field. Eating and drinking Brick Lane has dozens of authentic curry houses, or try Bombay café style Dishoom for something a little different. Dim Sum at the Drunken Monkey is excellent. The Hawksmoor in Spitalfields offers the very best of British meat. The Boundary on Redchurch St is a Conran partnership and does top notch breakfasts. We are not short of a celebrity chef or two either with Masterchef presenter John Torrode’s new restaurant The Luxe and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen too. Shoreditch is rich in bars and pubs to suit all tastes. We recommend the family friendly Blind Beggar, The Sun for sports, the Water Poet for Sunday roasts and The Brick Lounge, Tarot Bar, Drunken Monkey or local-institution The 10 Bells for a night out. Café Kick offers beer and cocktails over a game of table football and Happiness Forgets is an unforgettable speakeasy-style cocktail bar on Hoxton Square. 5 Top Tips from the Winkworth Shoreditch office • Discover the latest bands at the annual 1234 Shoreditch festival every September. • Cyclists will love a leisurely ride along the banks of the Hackney canal • The Book Club is a former warehouse that’s now a bar upstairs and an event space downstairs with a programme of talks, salons, club nights, art classes, ping pong tournaments and more. • Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind) sells everything your little monsters could possibly need, from impacted earwax (fudge) to fang floss to canned Night Terrors (contains a story and sweets). But not only that, through the back of the store, you’ll find the Ministry of Stories, who run creative writing and story telling events for kids from 8 to 18. • Shoredtich is packed with independent boutiques so it’s well worth investing in a copy of Independent London, a book featuring reviews of 260 mind-blowing indie stores. Transport links By tube: Local stations include Aldgate East (District, Hammersmith & City Line), Bethnal Green (Central Line) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan) By Overground: Shoreditch High Street and Hoxton are served by London Overground’s newly extended East London Line. By rail: Liverpool Street offers interconnections with national rail routes. By air: Catch the Stansted express, a fast link to London Stansted Airport from Liverpool Street. By taxi: We recommend City link, Liberty cars, Hoxton taxis. Black cabs are also plentiful.

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Why move to Shoreditch'

We think Shoreditch is easily the most interesting, creative and vibrant place to live in London today. Not only that, the commute to the City, Canary Wharf and Central London is really easy too. Plus the area boasts a range of homes to choose from including attractive period properties, cool warehouse conversions and slick contemporary developments.

A little bit of history

The vibrant Shoreditch we know and love today has enjoyed a colourful past to say the least. In the 16th century, it was home to London’s first theatres, (helped by the fact that as a suburb of the City of London, it was out of reach of the city’s puritanical law-makers). Come the 17th century Huguenot silk weavers and wealthy traders moved in, creating a booming textile and furniture industry. But, this industry declined and by the end of the 19th century the area was known for poverty, crime and prostitution, setting the scene for Jack the Ripper’s infamous murders. Bombing during WWII left the area further disadvantaged and the 20th Century saw the rein of the notorious Kray Twins. Today however, the area is once more an entertainment hotspot and is becoming world renowned for its rich cultural mix and booming creative and digital industries.

Need to know

There are numerous new developments springing up all over Shoreditch, including the Avant-Garde Building by Telford Homes, a 320 apartment block on Bethnal Green Road with a mix of retail units including boutiques and a supermarket.

Shopping

When it’s time for the weekly shop, Shoreditch boasts all the usual supermarkets but there’s much more to our shopping scene than that. Shoreditch is peppered with quirky independent boutiques to discover, from Maiden, for unqiue gifts including Bunny Sucides books and apple-shaped post-its, to leading menswear store Present, where they won’t just kit you out with the latest threads, coolest stationary and hippest comics, you can also have a coffee made by the World Barista Champion 2009.

Head to Brick Lane’s Sunday market for fruit and veg, unique arts and crafts and vintage clothes and furniture, the daily Bethnal Green Road Market for fruit, veg and household goods, or, for a visual feast, Columbia Road’s spectacular Sunday Flower Market.

When it’s time to kit your new home out, there’s lots on offer here too, from Squint who specialise in traditional furnishings upholstered in their trademark patchwork of vintage and contemporary textiles, and modernist mavens SPC, to übercool Milk, to countless cool and quirky small independents in Spitalfields market.

For something out of the ordinary, check out Boxpark, a shopping centre made entirely of refitted shipping containers that features brands such as Nike, Evisu, Marimekko, Chopped, Crussh and Foxcroft & Ginger.

The area is also famous for pop-up shops and restaurants. Keep an ear to the ground and an eye on Timeout for the latest here today gone tomorrow experience.

Things to do

There is never a dull moment in Shoreditch. Discover the latest artists at a local gallery, (we love Pure Evil, Pictures and Walls and Stolen Space). See the latest films at Rich Mix or Aubin Cinema, (part of private members club Shoreditch House). Enjoy the annual Shoreditch festival every July. Grab a pew outside Brick Lane Coffee and indulge in some people watching. Or get back to nature at Spitalfields City Farm, Hackney City Farm, Victoria Park or Weavers Field.

Eating and drinking

Brick Lane has dozens of authentic curry houses, or try Bombay café style Dishoom for something a little different. Dim Sum at the Drunken Monkey is excellent. The Hawksmoor in Spitalfields offers the very best of British meat. The Boundary on Redchurch St is a Conran partnership and does top notch breakfasts. We are not short of a celebrity chef or two either with Masterchef presenter John Torrode’s new restaurant The Luxe and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen too.

Shoreditch is rich in bars and pubs to suit all tastes. We recommend the family friendly Blind Beggar, The Sun for sports, the Water Poet for Sunday roasts and The Brick Lounge, Tarot Bar, Drunken Monkey or local-institution The 10 Bells for a night out. Café Kick offers beer and cocktails over a game of table football and Happiness Forgets is an unforgettable speakeasy-style cocktail bar on Hoxton Square.

5 Top Tips from the Winkworth Shoreditch office

• Discover the latest bands at the annual 1234 Shoreditch festival every September.

• Cyclists will love a leisurely ride along the banks of the Hackney canal

• The Book Club is a former warehouse that’s now a bar upstairs and an event space downstairs with a programme of talks, salons, club nights, art classes, ping pong tournaments and more.

• Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind) sells everything your little monsters could possibly need, from impacted earwax (fudge) to fang floss to canned Night Terrors (contains a story and sweets). But not only that, through the back of the store, you’ll find the Ministry of Stories, who run creative writing and story telling events for kids from 8 to 18.

• Shoredtich is packed with independent boutiques so it’s well worth investing in a copy of Independent London, a book featuring reviews of 260 mind-blowing indie stores.

Transport links

By tube: Local stations include Aldgate East (District, Hammersmith & City Line), Bethnal Green (Central Line) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan)

By Overground: Shoreditch High Street and Hoxton are served by London Overground’s newly extended East London Line.

By rail: Liverpool Street offers interconnections with national rail routes.

By air: Catch the Stansted express, a fast link to London Stansted Airport from Liverpool Street.

By taxi: We recommend City link, Liberty cars, Hoxton taxis. Black cabs are also plentiful.

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