Fancy popping up in Shoreditch? Get the lowdown on what you can find in and around Sook Shoreditch in East London, courtesy of Sook's Social Media Manager Franscesca Cushion.
You want to pop-up in a Sook, but which one should you choose? And when you’ve made your decision what else can you expect from the location? Read on for our insider’s guide which will give you a flavour of the area - as told by Sook’s resident experts…
Meet the Neighbours - discover which other shops are nearby:
Where to start? My favourite shops in the area have to be Reformation, Lazy Oaf, TOAST and Weekday. You also have Boxpark a stone's throw away from the new Sook where you can find a whole array of amazing stores, including the Insta-famous Astrid & Miyu.
Best place for a morning coffee?
Oat Coffee on New Inn Yard has out-of-this-world coffee and a veggie seasonal menu, which will impress even the staunchest of meat-eaters in your life. 10/10 would recommend.
Favourite place to go for lunch?
There’s so many food markets and stalls dotted around Shoreditch you are kind of spoiled for choice (in a good way). For a fancier meal I would recommend Gloria's, both for the Insta pics and the infamous lemon meringue pie.
Tastiest place to grab a snack?
Foodie favourites, Happy Endings Ice Cream Sandwiches has taken over the hatch by Goddard and Gibbs until November. Insider tip: try ‘The Favourite’ - Malt, Salty Choc Crumbs, Bourbon biscuit with a 55% Milk Choc dip… What’s not to love?
Coolest place to pick up a last-minute gift?
The comfiest pair of socks I’ve ever owned were from Glassworks - everyone loves socks for gifts, right? There is also The Gift Box in Boxpark which has a great selection of cards and small fun gifts.
Boujiest options for after-work drinks?
If you are lucky enough to be a member (or know someone who is) Shoreditch House is a must (especially in Summer as they have a pool on the roof). For those who don’t have the golden ticket - no worries, Shoreditch is packed full of amazing boozy spots. My two favourites in the area are Case do Frango (Portuguese sharing plates with a cute outside area) and Shoreditch Wine House (impressive wine list and cheese plates).
Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane and Columbia Road Flower Market are all popular attractions in the area (and for good reason). There is also (the slightly lesser known) Dennis Severs’ House which is a recreation of a 17th-century silk weavers home, which is like stepping through a time machine back to the old East End. I would also recommend checking out Rich Mix, which is a creative venue for emerging artists, musicians and comedians.
Insider’s top tip?
Wear comfortable shoes and venture onto side streets. This is the perfect place in London to potter around in, with surprises around every corner. Shoreditch is filled with amazing street art (including famous works from Banksy) and lots of very fashionable people. This is the creative hub of London so it’s a great place to head if you're looking for inspiration.