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Take 5

Take 5: Get to Know Shoreditch, the London ‘Hood Everyone’s Talking About

Take 5 BY mattie kahn 04/09/2014

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!



Shoreditch is home to some of the best nightlife in London. But guess what? The super-cool neighborhood is worth exploring before sundown as well. These five spots are at the top of my daytime hit list. 


The Queen of Hoxton
Since declaring it spring in London, I’ve officially voted The Queen of Hoxton my watering hole. Snag a seat at its rooftop bar (pictured!), sip Slush Puppy cider, and embrace the warmness. Ahh.
(1-5 Curtain Rd.)


Ally Capellino
The brand best known for its so-pared-down bags opened its doors in Shoreditch in 2005, and Londoners have lusted after the high-functioning backpacks and bright totes ever since.
(9 Calvert Ave.)


If you’re in the market for some top-notch vintage, this is your spot. Dive into Blondie’s collection of flapper dresses, seriously enviable handbags, and old-school YSL suiting. And dig for fifties-era separates—they’re worth it.
(114-118 Commercial St.)


Picture your high-school cafeteria. Now substitute mystery meat and lunchroom jocks for delicious roast chicken sandwiches and the neighborhood’s cool kids. If you want to avoid 9th grade dining flashbacks entirely, you can grab some bakery goodness to-go.
(2-4 Boundary St.)


It’s window-shopping heaven over here. With its selection of Lily Kamper, Acne, and local favorite Sophie Hulme, Start is better equipped than any boutique in this town to fuel brand-new-wardrobe fantasies.
(42-44 Rivington St.)


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