Last night I was in Shoreditch. It is not a particularly picturesque part of London (at least not in the usual sense of the word ‘picturesque’) and it even used to be a pretty dodgy area up until 10-15 years ago, since which it has become very popular among young people, especially hipsters.
I arrived at Old Street, which kind of looks like a border between Shoreditch and the City, as this picture clearly shows, when it was still daylight.
The street cafés are buzzing, even though it is a weekday evening.
I decided to take a closer picture of this graffiti. Overall, Shoreditch is pretty famous for its street art, there are plenty of graffiti works all around the area, some of which I’ll show in a moment.
But just before I could take more pictures of the street art, I met some of my classmates for a drink and then we went to the Xoyo club to see another classmate’s band performing.
It was amazing, by the way! My classmate’s vocal band is called Trills and they performed at Glastonbury just a couple of weeks ago. Another band, which played just before them – The Very Best with a Malawian singer – was also really awesome!
I left about 10:30, and the streets of Shoreditch already looked pretty empty – that’s definitely not a sight one would experience on a Friday night, for example!
And here are, as promised, some examples of graffiti, that I caught a glimpse of on my way.
Even this temporary passage through a scaffold gantry has been turned into a piece of art.
And finally – my absolute favourite: a giant hedgehog!
Apart from the graffiti, nothing looks particularly interesting in the area, and it’s definitely not my favourite in London, although I know so many people who absolutely love Shoreditch!