Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

London’s Shoreditch is For Street Art Lovers


When people ask for advice about what to see in New York City, we tell them to visit the greatest hits: Central Park, the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, and yes, even Times Square. But after they’ve seen all that, we tell them to see the real New York City. New York City comes alive in its varied and diverse neighborhoods, and this is also true for the wonderful city of London.

While charming neighborhoods like Notting Hill make you feel like you’ve stepped into a series of postcards, hip neighborhoods like Shoreditch make you feel like you’ve stepped into a graphic novel. There are so many things to see here, but one of the largest attractions is something close to our heart: street art.

Shoreditch is an urban street art gallery where you’ll find murals big and small from artists near and far. Here are some of the many gems we uncovered on a recent visit:

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog
London-based French artist Zabou



Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog
London artist Unify



Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog
Manchester-born Perth-based artist Hayley Welsh

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Perhaps our happiest discovery was British artist SHOK-1, who has a unique x-ray art signature. One of his pieces in Shoreditch is called “The Future is Garbage”, and was created for Pentatonic, a company that makes furniture out of recycled trash.

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog
“The Future is Garbage”



Pair it with:

There are so many food options in Shoreditch that we couldn’t possibly cover them all. But here are a few stops you really shouldn’t miss:

Salt Beef Beigel

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Before our New York readers gasp in horror at the idea of eating a bagel somewhere other than New York City, we should clear something up. These are not bagels. Pronounced as it’s spelled (by-gel), beigels are not bagels. You don’t come here to get one with shmear. You come to get the one thing everyone else is there for: the salt beef beigel. Salt beef is similar to what Americans know as corned beef, where the beef is brined in a mixture of sugar, salt and spices for several days then boiled until tender. They smear a little mustard on the beef and you’re good to go. There are two well-known locations on Brick Lane: Beigel Bake and Beigel Shop, located steps from each other. We’re not going to wade into the argument of which one’s better. We think you can’t go wrong with either.

Cereal Killer Cafe

Cereal has come a long way. Today they’re made with whole grain and real fruit, but I grew up in darker (better?) times when the stuff was just sugar and… more sugar. Well, Cereal Killer Cafe is here to exploit that dark past. Offering over 120 types of cereal, you can pop in here for any combination of cereal, milk and toppings. Using classics like Trix or hard-to-find ones like Boo Berry, you can create the cereal monstrosity of your dreams. And don’t miss the cereal portraits on the wall!

Dark Sugars Cocoa House

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Shoreditch in London is for Street Art Lovers - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Dark Sugars is a chocolate shop and cocoa house that had humble beginnings in Spitalfields Market. The owner’s Ghanaian heritage and West African influences are a good fit for the funky neighborhood. Pop in to pick up some truffles or chocolate pearls. And while you’re there, try one of the signature hot chocolate flavors like Hazelnut Praline and White Matcha. Oh, and if you’re lactose intolerant, there’s a large variety of vegan options here too.

So the next time you’re in London, hop on the Northern line to Old Street Tube station, or take the overground to Shoreditch High Street station. Just come hungry for both art and food, there are endless treasures to be uncovered here.

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– L.

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14 thoughts on “London’s Shoreditch is For Street Art Lovers”

  1. Oh how I miss these streets, Lynn! I never ended up stopping at the Cereal Cafe even though I was tempted to at each time at Camden, but again, the limited appetite dilemma struck. I mean that as opposed to all the street food we could scoff…

  2. Another excellent post. Are you in London? You guys are excellent tourists, really knowing how to see the places you go! Loved the cereal store. My cereal was Sugar Pops. Now it’s called Corn Pops…that makes it healthy!

    1. Thank you so much, Tip! No, unfortunately our London escapade is over – we’re just only getting around to these posts due to the busy holiday season!

      Healthy cereal still seems wrong. I guess if you’re going to have Corn Pops you’ll have to douse them in milk and sugary toppings to make up the difference 😉

    1. Oh, lucky you Tiese! There’s so much to do there, you’ll never run out of options. If you make it to the Cereal Killer Cafe, I’m going to need a report on what concoction you went with! 😉

  3. I like the new addition– I’m hungry take me to the food pairing. 🙂
    Your posts do make me want to visit London and I have not felt that way since before the last time I was there.

    1. I’m sure you were meaning when you were 5, right? 😉

      I would’ve loved to include ALL my finds but there were just too many! I could’ve wandered around for days. And there was definitely enough food to sustain me 😉

  4. What a great eclectic selection of street art. The imagination of street artists continues to wow me. We would definitely be visited the dark chocolate shop. Chocoholic David would not pass this by! Thanks for sharing this new neighborhood with us!

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I feel the same way about the street artists – they are so incredibly talented. And David would definitely be in chocolate heaven at Dark Sugars, I know I was! 🙂

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