Unique Things to Do in Shoreditch 

I’ve literally got everything I could ever want – well except for holidays, a car and a new bike, but £££ – so for our birthdays this year my boyfriend and I decided to have a weekend in London. Rather than look at all the usual touristy things in London, I wanted to check out the more unique things to do in Shoreditch, just for fun.

I used to live in the Big Smoke, but that’s FIVE years ago now, so I’m outta touch. I had to do some research.

Shoreditch grafitti

We went to London from Saturday afternoon to Monday evening, to really make the most of our day off. He bought me a trip round Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (in Bankside), and awesome tickets to Mamma Mia for the Monday (in Central London), so wanted to find fun things to do in Shoreditch for the weekend.

I found a chicken wing tour, crazy golf under neon, so many food markets, and, with a little tube adventure, some virtual reality gaming.

What to do in Shoreditch

Where to stay in Shoreditch

The East London Hotel

Drop your bags off at the East London Hotel for your Shoreditch weekend. Check in isn’t until 3pm but you can check out the cool vibe, and it’s in such a great location for the other things to do Shoreditch, it’s no drama to pop in to leave you feeling freer for the weekend. The nearest tube is Bethnal Green and you can walk the mile to Brick Lane, or take the bus.

East London Hotel Booking.com

The East London Hotel is one of those pod hotels, where you have everything you need in a cosy space.

As for sleeping I thought it was a great hotel. We were warm and cosy in the room, yet had control over the heating and cooling too. We had a view over the park and the V&A Children’s Museum and we had a great shower, a huge TV and enough space for all our stuff.

Our room at the East London Hotel

We had breakfast included with the booking. We got to choose some sort of bread (bagel all the way) and then how to stack it, along with a hot drink and a cold one too. The best of my two breakfasts was the bacon, cream cheese and avocado bagel, with strawberry yogurt on the side. Phwooooar, it was lush.

Breakfast East London Hotel

I thought this was a great hotel – really nice space downstairs to work (forever looking for laptop space). If you’re using laptops in public spaces like this it makes sense to use a VPN to keep your information safe. You never know who’s lurking.

I just want to give a shout out to the lovely staff at the East London Hotel too.

Click to check the latest prices for the East London Hotel on Booking.com.

Saturday afternoon

Junkyard Golf on Brick Lane

Nestled down by the Truman Brewery, by Cafe 1001 (used to be one of my fave bars, check it out) you’ll find London’s Junkyard Golf. Basically, it’s crazy golf, but inside and in a kind of urban, edgy, grafitti, neon-style Shoreditch. There’s a bar with food and drink, and you can drink on the way round. They didn’t have this when I lived in London, definitely one of the more unique things to do in Shoreditch.

Playing Junkyard Gold East London

There are different courses, but we did the Bruce, which also had a bar on the way round, although sadly no one was manning it. Probably for the best.

You might get round it quite quickly if there’s just the two of you. Lucky for us we had six friends come and join us so it actually took us ages. In fact, we might’ve caused a bit of a backlog. Ah well.

Expect to spend around an hour here and it costs £12.50 for one round. 

Food market Brick Lane

After Junkyard Golf we actually ate at DF Mexican round the corner, just because there were so many of us. I really liked the food, but then, I’m a big fan of Mexican, so figures. They also had a great soft drink section. I know, random. The soft drinks were bottomless and so you could try them all – from lime, to horchata, to hibiscus.

Eating on Brick Lane

If it’s just the two of you I’d recommend you go to the food market on Hanbury Street though, just a bit further down. There’s food from all over the world. We went on the Sunday and I was finding it difficult to choose between Argentinian Arepas, Taiwanese bao buns and Nepalese momos. That’s the kind of variety you can look forward to. I’m not sure why with all that food the only thing I took a picture of was a salted caramel slice, but here you go.

You’re looking at around £6 for a meals at the Brick Lane food market. But, you could spend a lot more if you wanted to really go for it.

Pubs in Shoreditch 

Obviously, being the cool weekend area that it is, there are many, many places to drink in Shoreditch. From back street dives to super-trendy-prices-to-make-you-cry kinda places. Walk around and you’ll see them all.

We spent the Saturday afternoon at the Ten Bells pub on Commercial Street. It’s right near everything I’ve just listed, feels like a proper boozer, and has a rich history thanks to the links with Jack the Ripper. If it’s too busy in there, go to the The Golden Heart on the corner. I spent many a good night, and few pounds, in there when I was at journalism college. The Golden Heart shows sports too, if that’s of interest.

Late night partying

I mean, you could go out – there are plenty of options in Shoreditch. Or, you could go back to your hotel and think about what a good day you’ve had while relaxing in your room. Ar yeaahhh, getting old is so chill.

I can strongly recommend All Star Lanes, if you want some bowling or karaoke. It’s just on Brick Lane but make sure you book in before.

Sunday funday in Shoreditch

After eating your delicious breakfast in the hotel, and having the essential Sunday lie in, it’s time to go and explore some more fun things in Shoreditch to try.

Market Brick Lane

Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane food market will be in full swing, and is only a mile’s walk from the hotel. Get your free Nespresso coffee from your room and take the walk along Bethnal Green Road. You’ll see the sari shops turn into hipster coffee shops and then you know you’re nearly there.

This is a different market to the one on Hanbury Street by the way, but the same premise.

The market will have many fragrances and flavours to delight your senses, but I’d recommend holding off. It’s such a busy street on a Sunday that you won’t have anywhere to stand and enjoy your food. Just breathe it all in.

You’ll see a vintage market and a design market as you walk – go and check them out.

Spitalfields Market

Spitalfields is an upmarket, super expensive market where I just don’t understand who buys the wares for those prices, but check it out, see what you think. You can also get a drink here, and there’s food too, but save some space, you’ll need it for the next activity.

Chicken Wing Crawl round Shoreditch

You like chicken wings? Me too. It’s quite a new revolution for me – ever since I had them in Banff last year, in Canada. And now I’m a little obsessed.

So when I saw the Ultimate East London Chicken Wing Crawl, from Koala, I booked us straight on.

unique things to do in shoreditch

We met near Brick Lane and went to a nearby chicken wing truck to chat with Flo, our tour leader, and bond with the rest of the group. She had a few beers for us and ordered the wings in.

I’m not going to say where we went as it kinda ruins the point, but we tried the wings at three different places all within walking distance of Brick Lane. We ate them on a picnic bench, in a shop and in a bus. It was classier than it sounds. I think I ate about 20, and there was still more if I wanted.

Shoreditch things to do

The tour took around two hours and it was a great way to learn more about this area of London, with some fellow chicken wing aficionados. I featured this on my Instagram Stories and I love how crazy everyone went for it. It was fun trying chicken wings from so many places in quite a short timescale – meant I could really compare and contrast.

The tour was £29, and you can check it out here: Ultimate East London Chicken Wing Crawl.

Shoreditch things to do

DNA VR Experience in Camden

I totally booked this for my boyfriend. I had little to no interest in VR gaming, but hey ho, let’s give it a go.

I couldn’t actually find a VR experience in Shoreditch so we had to venture out to Camden, but it was easy via the tube from Old Street to Kentish Town and a little walk.

We arrived to a sketchy looking door and headed on down. The DNA VR Experience was in the basement. A room filled with blacked out cubicles, where the VR magic happens. We spent the next hour playing Beat Saber, Arizona Sunshine and SkyFront VR. You could play some of them against each other, and others were just single player.

My favourite was definitely Beat Saber – bit like one of those dance machines. Loved it.

SkyFront was SO trippy. You know like when you step on an escalator that’s not working and your mind doesn’t know what’s going on? Well that. You could teleport to different positions and the rush went straight to my head.

It was fun, and sweaty, and I got VERY into it.

I was really surprised at how expensive this was to be honest though, but I spent a lot of time researching VR places in London and it seemed to just be how much VR gaming is.

It was £35 per hour peak price, EACH.

Sunday evening

Moet at East London Hotel

It was a hectic day, with plenty of drink stops in between what I’ve listed above, so we decided to go back to our hotel and watch a film on the massive TV. We had a bottle of Champagne, some strawberries, some Rolos and decided it was the best option.

Maybe you’ll be more adventurous and explore Shoreditch’s nightlife? Let me know how that goes.

Monday funday in Central London

Shakespeare Globe Theatre

We left Shoreditch after check out and got the bus outside the East London Hotel bound for St Paul’s. We saw the cathedral, walked across to Shakespeare’s Globe, did the tour (definitely recommend) and ended up at Tonkotsu Ramen. Oh it was delicious. It’s just a chain but is some of the best ramen I’ve had.

London skyline

Then, in brief, we walked to The Strand, went up the Radio Bar for views over the city, had steak and chips at Boulevard Brasserie and went to watch Mamma Mia, which was absolutely brilliant. As in ABSOLUTELY brilliant. Definitely recommend. I’m already planning how I can go again.

And then we got the train home back to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Shoreditch

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Fun ideas for Shoreditch

I loved checking out some of the more unique things to do in Shoreditch, and of course, spending some time in Central too. Hope this post helps you with your planning. Just let me know if you have any questions below!

6 more unique things to do in Shoreditch 

1. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – one of those cat cafes.

2. Hackney City Farm – free entry to see the farmyard animals.

3. Check out the street art – Brick Lane is one of the most vibrant areas of London, thanks to the street art.

4. Visit Box Park – a mini shopping centre made from huge containers allowing new brands and creatives to display and sell their wares.

5. Go to the Electric Cinema – an olde style cinema to remind you of the way it used to be.

6. Visit Beigel Bake – THE best salt beef bagels in the world, ever. IMHO. I had two in one sitting once and it was a glorious night I hope to remember forever.

My two-night stay at the East London Hotel was complimentary, in return for a my thoughts on my blog. I thought it was a great hotel and would absolutely pay to stay there again. Prices start from £84 per night. 

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    • by VickyFlipFlop on January 28, 2019  2:52 pm Reply

      No worries! Hope it helps you to have a brilliant weekend there :).

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