Shoreditch has received a lot of attention in recent years for its transformation from a neglected part of the capital to a nightlife hotspot. The area attracts a young, creative crowd who flock to its many music and arts venues.
Favourites include Cargo and XOYO, a two-floor club that features global names alongside emerging acts. A short walk away, Rich Mix is a cultural hub. The community space hosts art exhibitions and live music as well as daily cinema screenings with great student discounts. If you’re after cheap food, pick up pizza from Voodoo Rays. Or if you’d like a margarita with your margherita, try Homeslice, which has a cocktail bar.
Just around the corner is the famous Brick Lane, which today is home to a thriving community, lots of vintage shops and a great choice of curry houses. Other food options include Brick Lane Beigel Bake (open all day, every day), and Pho, offering South-East Asian delights.
In the other direction, heading towards Hoxton, visit the Geffrye Museum, which offers a history of the home. The museum is surrounded by gardens that include a café, which make a peaceful space away from the bustle of the area.
Want to find out more? Read Time Out's guide to Shoreditch.
On the map
Goldsmiths: 20 minutes away
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes away
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes away
London Bridge: 15 minutes away