What to do in East London by day and by night

If you're heading to the capital and have been reading up on which areas are the most up-and-coming, then you've probably heard all about East London by now, with this part of town generally being talked about as the place to be these days.

To found out what all the fuss is about, it's definitely worth taking a trip there while you're in town, although the truth is that East London covers quite a large area, so it's good to do a little planning before your visit.

For example, if you're looking for a trendy place to hang out during the day, for example, then you might want to consider heading to Brick Lane, where you'll find a number of hipster cafes and shops, including the likes of Rough Trade East – which doubles as a coffee house and a record store – and many others.

On weekends, the area around Brick Lane is the place to be if you want to do some shopping, as the markets that pop up in the streets throughout this part of the capital on Saturdays and Sundays are truly excellent. Spitalfields Market – which is just a stone's throw from Brick Lane itself – is one of the best, whether you're on the lookout for fashion, souvenirs, art or even food.

Elsewhere, the area commonly referred to as either the City of London or the Square Mile is great for anyone who wants to do a little sightseeing, as it's home to landmarks like the Gherkin, the Bank of England, St Paul's Cathedral and a range of other key sites. This Central Line of the London Underground network runs through this part of town, making it easily accessible from the Montcalm Hotel.

Once night falls, Shoreditch becomes one of the most bustling parts of town, and has a reputation for its fantastic bars and clubs. Nearby areas like Hoxton and Dalston are equally popular among night owls these days.

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