Vibrant, hip, artsy
East London is essential for anyone wanting to experience the vibrantly exciting and contemporary scene of London. a Host can help you navigate either the plenty of chic shops catering to high-fashion designer labels, as well as the contemporary art exhibits and boutiques with niche interests. Meander through the vintage shops and food markets that prepare world famous global specialties. Shoreditch & Hoxton are multicultural, with endless wall murals telling the merging stories of the people who move to the area looking for inspiration or the chance to fulfill their dreams. This trendy cosmopolitan space always offers a new experience with entertainment available on nearly every street, from dance clubs, cocktail bars and film screenings on rooftop gardens. Whatever you choose to do or seek to explore in Shoreditch & Hoxton you are sure to be impressed by this diverse and exciting neighborhood. This tour is better suited for adults.
Here is a suggested itinerary to allow you to experience as much of the area in a few hours. After booking we can adapt the tour to suit your interests and preferences.
Vintage and crafts shopping in one of London's most emblematic markets.
East London's unique version of Covent Garden, this stone covered market is also two floors, and surrounded by columns, brimming with interesting and diverse shops and restaurants but is somehow still lesser known that its Covent Garden counterpart. The market has been a much-loved fixture of East London for over 350 years. The world-class chefs and exciting brands available are on par with East London's reputation as stylish, trendy and contemporary, while the gorgeous space reminds visitors of London's regal past.
Follow a local and discover the vintage gems and hidden art galleries
Follow your local and get to experience the market houses more than 140 creative traders selling fashion, accessories, art, interiors, music, and food. Discover this area's hidden gems from vintage clothing and quirky crafts to stacks of old vinyl. You'll also find food that stalls offer everything-cupcakes, Ethiopian coffee, Japanese, tapas and dim sum. Some of the stalls have lounging areas and you can also eat in the adjacent outdoor space.
Delicious food in one of the traditional 1920's iranian cafés of Bombay
It is hard to recommend this restaurant highly enough. This is a chic and original take on the famed but now disappearing Iranian cafes of Bombay, which were all the rage in the colonial India of the early 1900s. The food is thus a mix of Iranian and Indian delicacies, which are all prepared tantalising and superb. But it is the atmosphere that really sets this unique restaurant in a league of its own. The space is a1920s classic but with a refreshing twist which embodies elements of Bombay and Iran. The menus arrive on old-fashioned newspapers while the wall mosaics mixed with paneled mahogany, tiled tables, slow moving ceiling fans and the winding verandah invites you to lounge, relax and unwind. There are Persians rugs, a profusion of plants, silver tea trays, iconic antique liquor bottles, and much, much more to enjoy here.
A street art tour featuring the cutting-edge art of Shoreditch.
A street art tour featuring the best and most cutting-edge art pieces and features of Shoreditch. Follow your local as the lead you through the dense network of narrow streets where some of the most impressive street art in the world hides just waiting to be viewed. Whether it's an unsuspecting collection of carefully designed stickers strewn out over a signpost, perhaps by street sign decorator Clet Abraham, or whole walls that have been adorned afresh by such notable names as Shok, Stick and Otto Schade, there is much to be seen and considered along the endless corners, windows and streets of Shoreditch.
Visit a purpose-built international visual arts centre
A purpose-built contemporary visual arts centre made up of several floors holding galleries, a library, café, bookshop and workshops. Tanzanian architect David Adjaye designed the centre, to provide an influential space for providing dialogue and reflection on global diversity. A sowei mask from Sierra Leone served as the inspiration behind the lattice design of the building's extraordinary exterior, which delivered a fresh wave of vibrancy to the face of Shoreditch. The exhibits are generally free and open to the public, with the seminar rooms and offices used for private events and lectures on visual culture and diversity. Closed Sunday and Monday.
About this tour
Our tour is specially designed to introduce you to the trendy, urban paradise that is Shoreditch & Hoxton. Just east of the city, in and under the high lights and towering buildings of London, rests the vibrant and electric neighbourhood that is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places to be in the city. Amongst the hundreds of independent and trendy bars, restaurants from any global cuisine desired, boutique shops, vintage markets, contemporary art galleries and underground clubs is the beating heart of a close-knit community with lots of personality. Walk along cobbled back-alleyways where Banksy has exhibited his street-art, drink craft lagers in breweries owned by friendly, bearded hipsters with impeccable designer fashion sense or try a novelty café like the infamous café that solely serves up international cereals, or the more comforting cat café where you can sip your tea and play with a cat at the same time. On weekends, Shoreditch is a particularly exciting place to be, where many of the streets become large and bustling outdoor markets, selling high-quality leather bags, reclaimed 1960s clothing, handcrafted jewelry, rare vinyl's and ironic prints that will make you smile; alternatively you can explore London's largest flower market, which is surrounded by adorable coffee and teashops that serve your cuppa in Victorian china cups, to enjoy amongst the fresh aroma of flowers.
- From £50.00 per person
- Max 6 people per tour
- 4 hours with one of our Host who is very familiar with the area
- Additional time with our Host if you have added any extra time
- Planning of a personalised itinerary
- Food & drinks
- Any transport other than walking (although this can be organised at additional cost)
- Tickets to venues if you have selected any (can be organised if required)
Who are the Hosts
Begin your day at one of the many street-markets. A Host will meet you by the tube before heading to one of the best and most charming tea & coffee shops in London. You will then stroll through the market with your perfectly brewed cuppa to an exciting art galleries, with three stories of mould-breaking pieces and exhibits. If art galleries are not for you, not to worry! Instead turn to one of the underground warehouse rooms that are in abundance with fabulous vintage merchandise. Haggle your heart out over pea coats, elusive jewelry, antiqued floral china or leather shoulder bags before we stop for lunch. Then your Host will take you to a favourite local restaurant on an exciting hidden street. After lunch discover a rooftop cocktail bar or microbrewery where the city's finest bartenders will serve you their artisan creations.
Meet our Hosts that love & know Shoreditch & Hoxton
I am a West London based Musician and Stage Manager, who enjoys all the cultural and artistic events London has to offer.Languages
Central, Barbican, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Brick Lane, Camden, Chelsea, Chiswick, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Earl's Court, Fitzrovia, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highbury, Highgate, Hoxton and De Beauvoir, Islington, Kensington, Little Venice, Marylebone, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Putney, Richmond, Shepherd's Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West Kensington
My name is Holly and I'm a 25 year-old actress and musician. Music and theatre are my two main passions and my work takes me to the best dive bars, pub theatres, hidden gems of converted spaces, famous buildings and arenas all over the city. If you want to explore the trendiest neighbourhoods in London and discover the music and artistic scene of the city, from jazz, to rock and opera, I would love to show you around. I know Shoreditch and East London very well and I would be great company on an unscripted walk-around the area.Languages
Central, Barbican, Brick Lane, Camden, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Farringdon, Finsbury Park and Manor House, Greenwich, Hackney, Haggerston, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London Bridge, Marylebone, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Stoke Newington, Stratford, West End, West Kensington, Westminster
I am an experienced tour guide, artist and designer, with a passion for London. I was born and brought up here in London, which is the most vibrant mix of old and new. It has three thousand years of history, yet is always re-inventing itself. So it remains the most contemporary and cosmopolitan in the world, brim full of art, design, architecture, theatre and music. My interests are mostly based around, and my background is largely in; the Arts. Particularly fine art, pop art, graphic art, street art and architecture. I have a university BA Hons degree in Art and Visual Communication and I am also a designer and artist. There are many human stories to tell, behind London, behind it's history and behind it's art.Languages
Central, City of London, Covent Garden, Richmond, Soho, South Bank, West End, Westminster
Singer and songwriter (goal: releasing my first album); graduate in Languages and Communication; 3 years of living, working and eventually recording in London, where I found out about City Unscripted. Moreover, I lived in Spain and Tuscany before Naples, where I can currently host for tours! I love walking and new discoveries, so you'll sure have a great time with me ;)Languages
English, Spanish, ItalianPassions
Shoreditch & Hoxton is excellent.By Roger G. on 14 Dec 2015
This is definitely somewher that should be explored with someone who knows the area. Ruxandra was very cool and first took us on a street-art tour, which was probably the best tour experience I've had anywhere. It was slightly like a treasure hunt but with cool bars on the way to stop in at. We also checked out some galleries that were terrific, much better than what we have in Toronto.
Shoreditch is a hipster's paradiseBy Alessandra V. on 03 Jan 2016
Definitely the most hipster-ish place my friends and I had ever been to. I think we were slightly out of place, being a bunch of cosplay nerds but that didn't stop us from having a lot of fun and we really got along with Angela, who was an American too so she got our nerdiness and took us to a bar themed around Alice and Wonderland, which was more up our alley.
Very cool!By Aniki S. on 20 Jan 2016
Loved, loved, loved everything about this tour. I can't recommend it enough. DO it. It's just as magical and personalised as spotify's discover weekly. So many vintage markets, so much coffee, so much art....why isn't this isn't already a really well-known idea for a tour?
Cheaper than central LondonBy Virginia A. on 03 Mar 2016
I was amazed by how different Shoreditch & Hoxton are to other areas of London and also by how much more affordable it was! It was definitely very trendy and with lots of stuff to do.
The best place for clubbingBy Ephraim C. on 17 Mar 2016
My friends and I wanted to find the best bars and club scene while we were in London and it was just great. George was really cool and good fun to party with. By booking this tour we were able to go to all the best places without the hassle of trying to find them for ourselves but it wasn't a lame tour or pub crawl.
Eclectic, Vibrant and CosmopolitanBy Penny T. on 30 Mar 2016
Being from a small town, my boyfriend and I had no idea even where to begin when we wanted to explore the "trendy" parts of London. And this was an ideal way to do it because we got a completely personalised tour, based around all of our shared interests. And even though we didn't exactly know what kind of bar scene we were into or what food to try, our Host was very good at figuring out what she thought we would like based on our personalities and conversation--so we were pretty impressed with the whole experience. If we could make a suggestion we would have liked to hear more historical facts about the area but we did learn a lot about the Jack the Ripper murders, which was very interesting.