A brief guide to trendy Shoreditch
If you've never been to Shoreditch in east London before then you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about, with the place currently being the most talked-about area of the capital.
Just a decade ago, the part of the city was barely on the map, with nothing of note to see or do here, although the recent regeneration of the region - and pretty much all of east London, in fact - has turned Shoreditch into the city's trendiest spot.
Shoreditch High Street runs from the junction with Old Street in the north to Liverpool Street in the south, and is home to some of London's top bars, clubs, shops and restaurants.
Among them are the likes of Bar Kick - which is packed to the rafters on Friday and Saturday nights with punters enjoying a game of table football while sipping on cocktails - Barrio East and The Shoreditch, all of which are great if you're looking for a drink.
When it comes to shopping, meanwhile, the high street offers a range of excellent stores such as Aida, where you'll find racks of designer labels as well as a trendy cafe and even an in-store beauty parlour.
Where Shoreditch High Street meets Bethnal Green Road, you'll find the Boxpark complex, which is bursting with designer shops as well as great bars and eateries like Bukowski's burger restaurant. The upper level is a great place to hang out and people-watch, and often hosts DJs and other events in the evenings, particularly in the summer.
Heading east along Bethnal Green Road, you'll soon reach Rich Mix, which is one of London's coolest cinemas. Showing a mix of blockbuster and arthouse films, it also has its own bar and regularly hosts one-off events, such as live music, theatre and niche film festivals.
Not far from here is Brick Lane, which needs no introduction and is one of London's most happening areas.