Whether visiting London as a tourist or you are a London, Shoreditch High Street is somewhere you will definitely want to check out. When I travel I am not one for shopping or walking around malls or shops because all those things I have in London. The only time you will catch me there is if there is something unique and out of the ordinary, like say, an aquarium or gold bar atm like Dubai Mall
or if I need to hunt for African curios
to bring back to family and friends. Those are really the only times I am doing any shopping on trips otherwise my time is spent on exploring places in the city and finding out about its hidden or past history.
One of my favourite spots in London, if it wasn’t already obvious by recent post is East London. I have show countless posts not on food tours
, street art tours
and a few random shots on my Instagram
while walking about. I am always to fascinated to learn something new about the area. Considering the vast number of pictures in most of my posts I am sure it’s clear that I love photography and just how creative with your camera is only limited by your imagination so it’s always great to stumble on an inspiring photographer. One such creative was Boris Bennet, who at 22 moved from Poland to London. With dreams of all the glamour of the silver screen inspired by American film, the set up a studio in East London in the 1920s. It was such a poor community and mostly populated with Jewish families fleeing persecution in Europe.
Soon Boris had transformed himself to be a much loved and sought after wedding portrait photographer. Crowds would queue outside his studio. I just loved reading about his attention to detail and just how he went to such great effort in making the women feel glamorous and the men all gentile in the pressed suits. Most of the people in his photographs were from really poor backgrounds but made the look and feel like superstars in all his photography sessions. The studio Boris worked in is no longer there but his camera can now be seen in a museum in Camden as well as some of his pictures all collected published in a book by Hoxton. Suitably titled “Vintage And Glamour In London’s East End” and can be found on Amazon. You can see some of his pictures in this post by the Telegraph
Walking around Brick Lane and really many parts of East London, the legacy left behind by people like Boris and all the people that flocked here who were dressmakers, photographers, sketch artists, jewellers and traders have inspired what you will now see today; a vibrant, colourful, multi-cultural corner of London that’s a treat to the eyes and your tastebuds when sampling the amazing food here.
Things to do in Shoreditch
- Visit Box Park – There are pop-up shops, from food to clothing.
- Street art – The whole area is filled with colourful street art and it changes by the week too.
- Check out Bricklane market which is filled with sample sales, cool local designers, and vintage shops.
- Taste authentic curries. You have Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants that have been open for tens of years with recipes passed down from family generations.
- Check out the Cereal cafe that is that is a real treat for anyone that is a big kid and lover of cereal from back in the day.
The Best Tours In Shoreditch
- Choose from street art tours, food tours and pub crawls. There is something for everyone.
The queue to Cereal Cafe in Shoreditch
Art, vintage shops, music, food and a heck of a lot more. So going back to my first paragraph, can you blame me for just not really indulging in the art out exploring malls or shop on travels when my backyard has such selection?