How to Spend a Family Day Out in Shoreditch, London

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Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 22:51

Shoreditch is a famously trendy area of London, known for always being one step ahead of the crowd. Home to endless quirky boutiques, niche restaurants and unique cafes, you could spend days exploring Shoreditch’s hidden gems. Here are some of the best things for the whole family to do in London’s ultimate hipster hotspot.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Arguably London’s prettiest - and best smelling - market, Columbia Road Flower Market is a picture-perfect place to grab a bouquet for your nearest and dearest, pick up a few houseplants or simply marvel at the multicoloured displays.

It gets understandably busy but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Go thrift shopping

As you would expect from such a multicultural and artistic area, Shoreditch is home to some fabulous vintage stores. You could spend the entire day hunting out rare finds and bargain vintage goods. Shoreditch’s thrift shops are a far cry from musty charity shops; they’re stylish with a very glamorous feel about them. The East End Thrift Store is one of the best places to score some fashionable vintage buys and they’ve got goods dating all the way back to the 1920s.

Eat Asian food

There is no end of delicious, authentic Asian food in Shoreditch. Whilst Chinese and Thai cuisine is popular all over the UK, Shoreditch is home to a huge variety of restaurants, such as RAPSA, which serves up fresh Filipino food for the family to share.

Get creative at Rich Mix

Rich Mix is an independent cultural centre and is a Shoreditch must-visit. It hosts a variety of live music shows, art exhibitions, theatre performances and fun festivals. There’s plenty for families to do at Rich Mix, with screenings of the latest kids movie releases and regular play sessions for toddlers.

Visit Brick Lane Market

There’s never a dull moment at the legendary Brick Lane Market. Whether you visit for the street food stalls, the vintage finds, the artwork, or simply the atmosphere, this market is always fun to explore. There are plenty of street performers around, too, so there’s lots of free entertainment.

Go to an independent book shop

As well as vintage clothing shops, Shoreditch is home to plenty of second-hand bookstores, too. Paper & Cup is a particularly sweet example, which serves up coffee and cake alongside their reasonably priced paperbacks.

Take a street art tour

Shoreditch is home to some amazingly creative graffiti murals and ticking these off is a great chance to take some fun family photos. You can even find a Banksy on Rivington Street. A street art tour is a fantastic, interactive way to get your little ones interested in art.

Party on at FLY-KID

Only in Shoreditch would you find a kids hip-hop disco. FLY-KID is a daytime party for families, with classic hip-hop and R&B tunes that both parents and kids can enjoy. A day at FLY-KID would make a great birthday party, or else it’s just a good excuse to get the whole family up and moving.

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