Shoreditch likes to keep its visitors on their toes. With so many arts venues allowing new music and art to thrive, it’s no wonder so many tourists flock to the area. The buzzing hub of culture has meant that the area has had many new shops pop up, such as a wide range of Shoreditch Vape shops. This is no surprise, and you can be sure this trend won’t cease, as more and more of the country’s most hotly tipped musicians and artists come to the area. So after a day of shopping in Shoreditch, where can you go to soak in some culture?
Old Blue Last
The Old Blue Last is a Vice owned bar in the centre of Shoreditch. Vice, one of the hottest online publications in the world is a connoisseur of all things trendy, so you can be sure to find some of the liveliest live acts out there on their upstairs stage. On top of the club nights at the Old Blue Last, the venue plays host to often free gigs meaning you have more money to spend on the vast array of beers and mixers available on site. Old Blue Last is home to a rowdy and lively crowd, so make sure you’re up for it before heading.
Shoreditch Town Hall
This Shoreditch venue has a history spanning centuries and used to be a bastion of the working class culture of the area. With former uses as a music hall and as a boxing ring, the Shoreditch Town Hall is now a centre point for non-traditional arts. This includes photography galleries from the likes of the eponymous playwright and artist Phillip Ridley alongside site specific performance pieces, dance and music. Not only does the Town Hall on Old Street host some of the most critically acclaimed performances in the city, but it incorporates a beautiful dining and bar area, full of classy meals and cocktails. Whatever you’re visiting for, you can’t miss the intricate architecture and interiors of the building, harking back to the mid-19th century’s penchant for grand arches and stone statues.
Located just off Old Street Station, XOYO is an iconic nightclub and music venue with a range of different acts playing. Whether it is dancefloor club hits, electronic or a hot rock band, XOYO hosts two lively spaces which host a range of different artists from across the world.
Rich Mix is an arts venue located on Bethnal Green Road is located inside what was once a leather factory and has now had a makeover as a top multi arts venue in East London. Not only does the venue use its space to encourage and nurture diversity in the arts, but it hosts free rehearsal space and uses its cinema space to host countless film and arts festivals each year. With the London Film Festival using it as one of its main venues, there are daily line ups of poetry, theatre and film every day. Upcoming shows include Palestinian Street Party Aruba-Dub and the Ukrainian Film Festival, whilst every day you can find the best in critically acclaimed blockbusters and independent released films.
Rough Trade East
Rough Trade East is located in Truman’s Brewery Courtyard, just off Brick Lane. Now, this is no ordinary record shop, not least because of its innovative history as one of the most forward thinking record labels in the country, but because of its penchant for putting on live shows. At the back of this record and book shop selling everything from reggae to heavy metal, you’ll find international acts showcasing their works most weeks. On top of this, you can find signings, talks and special events taking place in the record shop which once staffed a young Adele!
Iniva is the Institute of International Visual Art and is one of the best places to see some of today’s best contemporary artists. The gallery collaborates with artists who are working today and has been in existence for 23 years now. Iniva has helped to promote up and coming artists from across the world, such as Keith Piper and Aubrey Williams. Located in Rivington Place, the venue also hosts talks and workshops with contemporary artists whom are not to be missed if you’re a budding artist or a contemporary art aficionado.