Welcome to Shoreditch, east London! It isn’t till quite recently that Shoreditch has tranformed from a very poor area to the trendy hotspot that it is today. Here are my personal favourite tips for your diverse and exciting 24 Hours in Shoreditch!
Ever wanted to experience the early morning hustle and bustle of Smithfield Market, the last surviving market in central London? Or what about learning more about the history of Soho and how its vibrant music scene in the 1960s influenced David Bowie’s career? These are just two examples of the 40+ guided tours that will take place from early morning till late night on 25 May all across London. The goal of this day is to raise £20,000 in 20 hours for the MS Trust: 20in20.
“A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests” there lay the English town of Corby. Just on the outskirts of the town one can find a little tranquil green haven made up from two little woods that used to be part of the ancient and bigger woods of Rockingham Forest, once the royal hunting grounds for King William I. From 1 August till 31 October, you can experience a magical moment whilst visiting the Fermynwoods Contemporary Art exhibition ‘Beyond Seven Mountains’ in these old Corby woodlands.
Tucked away at the end of Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane and past the numerous Shoreditch graffiti and Jack the Ripper tour groups, you find Libreria, a spacious and unique bookshop where you can lose yourself for hours.
Zombies, vampires, the undead: these are all creatures that make up for successful franchise films, and all were originally born from gothic literature. The first ever Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), was written by British author Horace Walpole who found the inspiration for the novel in his gothic castle in west London. After an elaborate restoration, it is now possible to visit this extraordinary and eccentric historical house.
Fancy a fantastic view over London, but don’t want to pay a premium price for this? Then try to book a free ticket for the ‘Walkie Talkie’ on 20 Fenchurch Street and venture to the 35th floor for a spectacular sight!