Shoreditch is home to street art, trendy coffee shops and a wide range of restaurants and bars. It is an up-and- coming area for the younger generation, as new developments are both trendy and modern.
There are many myths surrounding the name Shoreditch and the formation of this particular area of London. The most common belief held by historians is that the name Shoreditch is derived from a body of marshland water in the area, which explains why it was previously known as ‘Soersditch’ or ‘Sewer’s Ditch’.
Others believe the name originated from Jane Shore, a famous mistress of King Edward IV. Legend has it her body is buried in a ditch within the area.
In the present era, Shoreditch is home to a variety of street art, trendy coffee shops and a wide range of restaurants and bars. It is an up-and-coming area for the younger generation, as the new developments are both trendy and modern, presenting a welcoming and creative ambiance in the area. Shoreditch also has many efficient transport options; residents can easily commute around the capital without confining themselves to the area.
One of the most famous landmarks within Shoreditch is Brick Lane, where many of the colourful street art and trendy shops are located. This is also where the Huguenots, Jewish and Irish communities resided after immigrating to London.
The Huguenots fled to Brick Lane after being driven out of France in the 17th century, while Jews flocked here after escaping Russian persecution in the 19th century, along with the Irish who came to this part of London in search of work.
Pictured here is an artist in the act of creating one of the many artworks that make Brick Lane such a tourist hotspot.