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Areas covered by our Shoreditch office:
Although now considered a residential area in its own right, the Barbican is actually Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue. The Barbican Estate however, precedes the arts venue, having been built in the 1960s and 1970s in the City of London. The Museum of London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican public library and the City of London School for Girls, collectively form the Barbican Complex. The Barbican Estate, with its some 4,000 residents and 2,000 flats, is a sought after place to live despite its 'brutalist' architecture. Residents are just a short stroll from the financial and law districts of the City. The Barbican tube station is on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
Renovated and historical Georgian and Victorian period properties remain steadfast around the modern developments cropping up in Bethnal Green, reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of the area known as the true heart of the East End.
In Bethnal Green you will find trendy bars, arty cafes, galleries and traditional restaurants which sit just a tube stop or bike ride away from the City.
The Central Line will take you to the West End in under 15 minutes and to the Olympic Stadium and Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre in less than seven.
Clerkenwell boasts a wide selection of property – from penthouses and loft conversions to one-off architecturally-designed properties and listed homes. Located in the London borough of Islington, Clerkenwell has always been a desirable place to live. The area played a huge part in the Industrial Revolution, becoming the home to watch and clockmakers, breweries and distillers. Clerkenwell is now home to the graphics and design fraternity, with a rumour that the area has the highest concentration of architects and building professionals in the world. A myriad of attractions are based in Clerkenwell, including Sadler’s Wells, The Eagle gastro pub, St John restaurant, Magnum Photo Gallery, Fabric nightclub and Urban Golf.
Sandwiched between Islington and Hackney, Dalston is identified in The London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London. Dalston has benefited hugely from regeneration over the last few years and the gentrification of the area has led to an increase in the price of property. Already serviced by both Dalston Kingsland railway station and Hackney Downs station, the process of change was accelerated by the East London line extension, now part of the London Overground. The reopening of Dalston Junction station on this extension was part of London’s successful bid to hold the 2012 Olympics.
De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir Town falls within the London Borough of Hackney as well as partly within the London Borough of Islington. Kingsland Road borders it in the east, Southgate Road to the west, the Regent's Canal in the south and Tottenham Road to the north. De Beauvoir Square is a classically laid out garden square and is protected under the London Squares Preservation Act of 1931. The square consists of beautiful rose beds and lawn areas as well as a play area for children, lending it a real community feel and neighbourhood atmosphere. The park was awarded a Green Flag award in 2011. The nearest London Overground station is Dalston Kingsland.
Edgy and urban, Farringdon has captured the heart of London's creative scene. The streets are awash with publishers, architects and design houses, and the vibe is always cool and collected.
With its recent history firmly rooted in commercialism, you can expect warehouse conversions, loft living and architecturally-led new build developments. Dinner at St John restaurant, an early morning browse at Smithfield Meat Market and a night at Fabric nightclub are all Farringdon musts. Farringdon is set to become a transport hub with a new Crossrail station handling 140 trains per hour. The improved Overground links will complement an existing Tube station.
Haggerston has undergone gentrification in recent years and it has benefited hugely from the arrival of the London Overground. Despite these changes, property prices in the area remain affordable and attractive. Broadway Market is the place to visit for gourmet shopping, while London Fields Lido is one of the best places for an outdoor dip. You can take your pick from pretty Victorian streets, 1960s housing, pre- and post-war estates and some funky new homes. The Haggerston Public House is popular among locals, while those seeking a skillfully made cup of coffee should head to Haggerston Espresso Room, which also doubles as an exhibition space.
Hoxton is close to Shoreditch and is immediately north of the financial district of The City. It has become a vibrant arts and entertainment district with a large number of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and art galleries spilling their patrons onto the pavements throughout the summer. Hoxton Street Market is its focal point, with the Geffry Museum and converted arches behind the Kingsland Road. Hoxton Station was opened in 2010 and is served by London Overground trains on the East London Line.
Hoxton Square (thought to be one of the oldest in London dating back to 1683) is one of London’s hidden gems and is home to some spectacular Georgian homes and modern apartments.
Islington has long been one of the most desirable parts of North London, spanning from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields. Over the years little mini villages have sprung up, concentrated around the areas of Upper Street, St Mary's, St Peter's, Barnsbury, De Beauvoir, Angel and Canonbury. The Georgian housing stock was rediscovered by the discerning masses in the 1960s and it accelerated a period of gentrification that culminated in Islington’s connection to the aspirational New Labour movement of the 1990s. With over 500 pubs and bars lining the pretty streets plus a vast array of restaurants, 15 theatrical institutions and the Business Design Centre, who needs the West End?
Liverpool Street is perhaps best known as a public transport hub, with its Mainline and Underground stations seeing over 55 million passengers pass through its entrances and exits every year.
Set in the City of London, the area is home to many office blocks whilst also offering a fantastic selection of Georgian properties and warehouse/industrial conversions. Consequently, the area is a great place to head to if you like period detail, loft living and great public transport connections.
Iconic buildings such as Tower 42 and the Heron Tower are on your doorstep, as well as the former East India Dock warehouse now known as the Tapestry Building. Liverpool Street is also home to a selection of bars, pubs and fine eateries.
Moorgate has a rich history dating back to Roman times. It is the place where the City meets the boroughs of Hackney and Islington. Today, Moorgate is known for its concentrated hub of investment banks and thriving network of shops, bars and restaurants which have sprung up to cater for the discerning banking masses, including The Anthologist and the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Some of London's most distinguished penthouses can be found in The Heron Tower on Moor Lane, while Milton Court is also home to some stunning brand new apartments. The impressive Barbican centre is also within the vicinity.
Old Street has been one of the mostly highly transited roads in London’s history, stemming from the Roman Road network. Today the area is home to Tech City, a technology cluster which has played host to some of the world’s leading blue chip companies such as: Google, Intel and Facebook.
Old Street has a multitude of restaurants – there’s something to suit all pallets, from Mexican to Thai. It also has a vibrant nightlife of clubs and bars, which are ideally situated within close proximity to Hoxton Square, Shoreditch and Angel. As a central transport hub, Old Street offers both London Underground and main line train services, as well as bus connections to North, East, South and West London.
Shoreditch is full of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, fashion, media and technology companies.
Shoreditch Town Hall is one of the more impressive buildings in the district. It has recently been redeveloped to host parties, award shows and fundraisers. Brick Lane now hosts a wonderful food market on Sundays, not to mention a wide variety of trendy independent retailers and the many curry houses it has always been renowned for. No other part of London has the same melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds which live, eat, work and socialise together. The district is equally diverse, ranging from warehouses, to council estates, to new landmark developments.
Spitalfields straddles Commercial Street and is home to many markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market as well as Petticoat Lane Market and Brick Lane Market. Over the next couple of decades the City of London invested vast amounts to regenerate the market and the surrounding area, creating space for independent boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Much of the area surrounding the market was once inhabited by the Huguenot community, who fled from France and brought their silk weaving skills to East London in the late 17th Century. Many of the typical ‘Huguenot houses’ are classic Georgian townhouses and are now some of the most sought after homes in East London.
Wapping High Street is like no other. With peaceful, cobbled streets surrounded by warehouses, and yet just seconds from St. Katherine Dock and Tower Bridge, you can see why it is such a popular location for house hunters. The properties in Wapping range from Victorian warehouses to beautiful, luxury apartments. Many of its residential areas are beautiful and serene whilst also being within close proximity to the City. The district is home to some great pubs (including one of the oldest) as well as a fantastic selection of restaurants (Il bordello is know for it’s Italian food). Wapping Station is on the East London Line and Tower Hill is also within walking distance.
Whitechapel is an inner city district that has featured prominently in London's art scene. From 2005, Whitechapel Gallery underwent a major expansion with the support of £3.26 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Like many parts of East London, the investment and regeneration in the area can be seen. However, Whitechapel is still the best place to go for authentic Indian curries.
Whitechapel Market can feel like you’ve been transported to the East. Opposite the Royal London Hospital, you can buy a wide range of Asian spices, jewellery and clothing. Whitechapel reflects the diversity of the East End – architecturally, historically and culturally.