The lowdown: Shoreditch
City workers and revellers from across the capital come to this north-east edge of the City of London for its bars and clubs. There are nearly three times as many homes to rent than there are to buy, but this could change with new tower blocks at various stages of planning...
Average house prices in Shoreditch
One-bedroom flat: £657,000
Two-bedroom flat: £884,000
Three-bedroom flat: £981,000
Average rental prices in Shoreditch
One-bedroom flat: £2,070 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,725 a month
Three-bedroom flat: £3,209 a month
Shoreditch’s state primaries are all judged “good” by Ofsted while the two comprehensive schools are judged “outstanding”. The City of London schools are high-achieving private schools. Image: Alamy
It pays to wander round Shoreditch and discover its hidden-away independent shops, and most people have their favourites. SCP is popular for furniture, while Labour and Wait stocks kitchen and garden paraphernalia with a functional Fifties feel. British designer Ally Capellino is a must for handcrafted handbags, and Present is an independent menswear boutique.
Old Street station is on the Northern line and Shoreditch is on the East London Overground line, connecting to Canary Wharf with a change at Canada Water. Both are Zone 1 stations and an annual travelcard costs £1,284. Image: Alamy
There is no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafés. Eyre Brothers is a firm favourite; while The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall is known for its innovative tasting menu. Locals also rave about the food stalls in Leonard Circus, with a Netherlands-style space where pedestrians and cyclists take priority over vehicles.
Leisure and the arts
Local nightlife is thriving, based around Shoreditch’s many clubs, pubs and bars. Rich Mix is the local art centre, popular for films, music, performances and exhibitions. The Electric Cinema is in the Aubin & Wills store. The Courtyard Theatre is in the former library building in Pitfield Street. The nearest council-owned pool is at the Britannia Leisure Centre in Hyde Road.
In this tightly packed urban neighbourhood, green space is in short supply. However, there is a pretty landscaped garden and bandstand in Arnold Circus, and open green space in Finsbury Square. The nearest park is Shoreditch Park, at the northern edge of Hoxton. Image: Alamy
£420,000: this two-bedroom second-floor apartment sits just behind popular Hoxton Square - conveniently located for shops, trendy bars and restaurants.
£750,000: in an exclusive gated development, this two-bedroom home is spread over three floors with off-street parking, only moments from the amenities of Bethnal Green Road and coffee houses of Brick Lane.
£1,595,000: this one-bedroom Victorian warehouse conversion is spread over 1600 sq ft (approx) with 10ft high ceilings, original wood floors, exposed brickwork, loading doors and huge factory windows which flood the entire space with natural light.
£2,350,000: this four-storey four-bedroom terraced house, fondly known as 'Time For Tea', is located on Shoreditch High Street. With wood panelling, original fireplaces and deco bathrooms, this home retains many of its original features.