Shoreditch is one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods and its beloved for its artsy, quirky vibe. It’s packed full of street art, vintage shops and cafes that make for the perfect weekend hot spot.
If you love the area but want to get out of London for a holiday, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty of neighbourhoods around the UK that rival Shoreditch.
Orega Offices ‘ research has found six neighbourhoods to rival the London spot, perfect for an ever-popular staycation. One of their spokespeople said: “Shoreditch is the capital’s arty playground and one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods. It is filled with quirky and vibrant attractions and very popular with young revellers.
“However, we want to celebrate other fashionable neighbourhoods across the UK. There are many neighbourhoods with a local reputation for a vibrant art scene, artisan coffee shops, and a flourishing business community in the heart of the city. Some of these neighbourhoods could well rival the likes of Shoreditch and be crowned the cool capital of the UK.
“Run by the local community, and each with individual character it is important to explore and support locally run businesses across the UK. With any fun-loving Brits exploring the UK this Summer, why not soak up the culture in some of the UK’s Shoreditch alternatives.” Here are Orega Offices’ top UK neighbourhoods that match Shoreditch’s energy and vibes.
Manchester – Northern Quarter
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is known as the city’s cultural hub. It’s home to bars, restaurants, record stores and fashion shops. There’s also plenty of venues where you can catch a live gig, like Band on the Wall and Castle Hotel. And on top of that, music lovers can enjoy shops like Eastern Bloc, Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange.
Liverpool – Baltic Triangle
Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle used to an industrial area, but now it’s a creative and digital district perfect for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Its Victorian factories have been restored and transformed into offices, boutiques and eateries, much like Shoreditch’s Boxpark. It’s complete with a skatepark, arts centre and eating canteen, making it a great staycation option.
Brighton – Kemptown
Brighton is already one of the coolest destinations for any Londoner, but Kemptown is kicking it up a notch having been crowned one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by TimeOut. The laid-back community is situated right by the seafront and is packed full of vintage shops, art galleries and craft beer joints. And it’s also home to the Kemptown Project, a group providing environmentally friendly hospitality and architecture.
Birmingham – Digbeth
Digbeth is an artsy area just 10 minutes from Grand Central and it used to be an industrial area. Now, the new development called The Custard Factory houses bars, restaurants, independent shops and flea markets. Digbeth even has a pub founded in 1368, The Old Crown. And the area is famed for its alternative nightlife, boasting venues from nightclubs and music halls to pubs and lounges, all in an area known as The Rainbow.
Bristol – Montpelier
Bristol’s Montpelier offers serious competition to Shoreditch. The suburb, north of the city centre, boasts pastel-coloured houses that rival Notting Hill ‘s, coffee shops and vintage stores. And you’ll find vegan places to grab a bite as well as several craft beer spots. In true Shoreditch fashion, here’s even plenty of street art to admire as you stroll the streets.
Glasgow – Finnieston
Finnieston has a selection of bars, pubs, restaurants and shops so good you’d never guess the area used to be just warehouses and docks. It’s home to iconic spots like SWG3 Warehouse and the Kelvingrove Cafe.
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The latter has been synonymous with Glasgow cafes since 1896. And to find out more about the neighbourhood’s past, head to The Riverside Museum and peruse their 3,000 exhibits to learn all about the historic city of Glasgow.
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