If you’re heading to Shoreditch for a weekend and looking for the best things to do in this trendy part of London, I have you covered.
I lived in London for about 10 years and Shoreditch was always a popular spot, especially for the night life. There is so much more to Shoreditch than bars and clubs.
I went to London for the first time in almost a year last month and stayed at the Point A Hotel, Liverpool Street. The hotel was really well positioned to enjoy all that Shoreditch and wider London has to offer.
I had a wonderful sun filled weekend seeing friends and enjoying the best of central London. Exactly what I needed after a year of not being able to visit London.
My stay at Point A Hotels was gifted, I had two nights at the hotel and breakfast.
Here are some of my favourite places to eat and things to do and see, on a weekend in Shoreditch, London.
The best things to do on a weekend in Shoreditch
Wander around Spitalfields Market
If there is one London landmark you need to visit when spending a weekend in Shoreditch, it’s Spitalfields Market. The daily market offers a mix of boutique fashion, arts and crafts, book stalls and art stalls.
I could spend hours wandering through the market stalls, or visiting the permanent shops around the edges too.
There is an array of food stalls too, including tasty pies, many delicious cakes, crepes and cronuts and lots of hot lunch options too.
It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a present for someone or just want to meet up with friends for a coffee and catch up somewhere cool. I promise you that you will go home with some sort of new treat and your belly full!
Eat at Delamina East
I love Middle Eastern food. I think it might be my favourite cuisine, sweet savoury food is delicious and Middle Eastern cuisine is full of it. Throw in some dates or add some yoghurt for a tasty dish!
We met some friends at Delamina East for brunch and it did not disappoint. I could have easily ordered everything off the menu. In fact, between us we pretty much did. Shakshuka with Chorizo; Mezatim that includes smoked aubergine, tahini and hummous; or pita paradise topped with mascarpone, honey and pistachio.
My mouth is watering thinking back to this delicious brunch. The restaurant was literally around the corner from the Point A Hotel, so the perfect spot to roll out of bed for brunch.
Get the bus (or walk) to Victoria Park
On our first afternoon we caught the bus to Victoria Park to meet friends for lunch and a walk. You can walk here and it takes about 45 minutes, which can include walking up Bethnal Green Road and along the canal. It is a fun and varied walk.
Victoria park is the biggest park in East London and a popular spot for families, friends and anyone to meet for picnics, a trip to the kids park or brunch in one of the two cafes in the centre.
We had brunch at The Hub cafe right next to the huge kids park, which I was definitely tempted to enjoy myself. A short but delicious menu with plenty of cakes on offer too.
I actually had my 30th birthday in Victoria Park ‘too many’ years ago and turned a little corner of the park into a bunting filled, fun banquet spot.
It’s definitely worth the walk or bus ride for a visit, especially on a sunny day. It is big enough that it doesn’t feel too crowded too.
Enjoy a curry on Brick Lane
Brick Lane is possibly the most famous spot for a curry. The street is lined with different curry houses offering all kinds of tasty menus. Sometimes they will barter with you for the best deal to choose their restaurant too.
There is more to Brick Lane than currys though. There are quirky shops, cafes, and a vintage clothing market, that also sometimes has food stalls too.
There are lots of boutique Shoreditch hotels around the area too. Many with fun bar areas to enjoy too.
Mooch around the shops at BoxPark
BoxPark is a signature sight in Shoreditch. Old shipping containers repurposed into independent and high street shops, alongside food stalls and a rooftop bar.
A popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It’s a really fun, vibey place that really feels like you’re living the ‘trendy’ life in London! I’ve found a lot of the shops to be quite pricey, but you can find some really quirky and interesting items.
I was gutted I had just eaten when we walked past all the food stalls. It gets busy around there, but when I visited they were doing a waitlist system for the bar. Put your name down and you will get a text when a table is free, so definitely worth adding yourself to the list.
Everything you need to know about Point A Hotels
Point A Liverpool Street is part of a small chain of budget boutique hotels. They have a few hotels in London, but also hotels in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin. If you’re looking for a clean, comfy spot to lay your head after a busy day (and night) in London then Point A is the place.
The hotel rooms are small, but have everything you need, including compact bathrooms (but not so compact they are like a caravan!) that offer plenty of space for a decent sized shower, sink and toilet. The double beds are well equipped with charging points, different lights and a big widescreen TV with multiple channels, advice on the local area and films available.
The communal areas in the hotel are spacious and fun. At the Liverpool Street hotel they have a gorgeous courtyard where you can enjoy your breakfast or an afternoon drink outside. It felt like a little green haven in the middle of the big city.
They had a range of continental breakfast options available and also have snacks and other emergency supplies like toothpaste on hand if you need it.
My only improvement would be more pillows, two pillows for two people just wasn’t enough for me, but after asking we did manage to get a couple more. I am a pillow fanatic!
I would definitely stay in a Point A hotel again. You can get a Point A Hotel stay in Central London for as little as £45! A bargain for such a central location!
So have I tempted you to spend a weekend in Shoreditch? I haven’t even touched on all the amazing clubs and bars in the area, you can be entertained 24 hours a day!
This post was in partnership with Point A Hotels who gifted me two nights at their Liverpool Street Hotel.