Shoreditch... my top five tips for your visit

8 August 2018

Studying to be a natural chef at the College of Naturopathic Medicine means I’ve been travelling back and forth to London. This has been super exciting, as it’s given me the chance to explore the East side of London, a place I haven’t ventured to before.

One of my favourite areas is Shoreditch, so I wanted to share my top five must dos if you ever visit it’s a really incredible place and, let’s face it, totally Instagrammable!

1. Hotel stay, Nobu Shoreditch

I absolutely loved staying here I’m not really a city girl, and I need a peaceful, dark room to sleep in, which Nobu certainly provides. It was so quiet and serene outside, thank goodness. I got a great deal courtesy of Ecclentia Travel the hotel represents pure luxury with an arty edge, with gorgeous décor in the bedroom and stunning gold sink in the bathroom. Nobu is renowned for its kick-ass food and I’ll admit I did indulge in their room service. I’d highly recommend the poke bowl and charcoal lemonade, absolutely delicious!

2. Brick Lane Market

This is just a short walk from Nobu hotel, and the atmosphere is absolutely buzzing. I explored it with my boyfriend one sunny Sunday, taking in everything from the vegan desserts and vintage clothing to the Instagram-worthy walls. It’s lively, busy and brilliant fun.

3. Cafés of dreams

There are loads of fantastic cafés in the area, and if you’re watching what you eat because of eczema or any other reason, you’ll be pleased to know I found some little gems offering vegan choices, plus options free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.
Some of my favourites are:
Shoreditch Grind. The art décor and food are bang on point, you won’t be disappointed.
East London Juice Co. This sneaky find is right next to The Ace Hotel. They have everything from ‘takeaway’ acai bowls, juices and coffees, and they even sell crystals. I totally got LA vibes in here.
The Attendant. Bursting with earthy vibes and beautiful green plants, this place offers up fantastic coffee and delicious food, yum!
Redemption Bar. This fabulous vegan café serves the best medical mocktails I’ve ever tasted, plus they have some great wing art right outside for a cute IG photograph.

4. Boxpark Shoreditch

This pop-up mall is a haven for independent fashion and lifestyle stores and cafés. Step inside and you’ll find fabulously quirky clothing, organic and vegan skincare and even CouCo eyewear. There’s also a really colourful doughnut shop there I mean, I wouldn’t eat a doughnut because of my eczema, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how they look, right?!

5. Endless creativity

Opposite Boxpark and near Brick Lane Market, creative types like me! will find endless amounts of inspiration, a total must-see!

I really can’t recommend Shoreditch enough, it’s lively, thriving and vibrant, but with peaceful, tranquil areas too. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @camilleknowles if you go, I’d love to know where your favourite place is!


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Lots of love, Camille xx

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