Neighborhood Watch: London's Shoreditch

In the past decade, this corner of the East End went from an off-the-map warehouse district to the capital's most vibrant, in-the-know stretch.


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The Stores to Know
You'll need to make an appointment to browse this cavernous 6,000-square-foot space. Barny Nakhle's python platforms ($1,602), Damir Doma jackets ($1,374), and Dries Van Noten Pike pants ($590) are displayed like artwork in concept rooms with themes like "light" and "earth," but it's the on-site library, mezcal bar, and nightclub that make this feel like an ambitious hangout from the future.
18 Shacklewell Lane, 020-7275-7265;
This four-story boutique offers Denham's custom and ready-to-wear jeans (starting at $230) in a range of cuts and washes channeling owner Jason Denham's library of over 1,000 archival pieces. Every pair features the brand's ubiquitous scissors logo chain-stitched on Union Special machines that were airlifted into the store.
32 Charlotte Rd., 020-7684-1044;
Amid distressed floorboards and reclaimed furniture, Rick Owens leather jackets ($2,484) and exclusive De Rien indigo linen pants ($669) hang from hand-bent rails. Head downstairs to the Chalk Room for Casely-Hayford bespoke suiting (starting at $1,889) and boots from Australian master shoemaker Sebastian Tarek (starting at $2,400).
41–43 Redchurch St., 020-7739-9733;
Housed in 60 shipping containers, the world's first two-story pop-up mall is anything but suburban. You'll recognize familiar outposts like The North Face, Puma, and Vans, but local vendors, including limited-edition-prints store Jealous Gallery and Polish kitsch-sweater upstart Mr. Gugu & Miss Go, make for excellent souvenir shopping, saving you from that last-minute grab-for-all at Heathrow.
2–4 Bethnal Green Rd., 020-7033-2899;
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Nike 1948
The rubber floor in this pop-up turned permanent is made from 900 pairs of recycled Nikes, and racks that mimic stadium seating display a rotating collection of running shoes. If you're looking to try out your new Air Force 1's, join the store's basketball team, the 48 Ballers, who play pickup games at Aske Gardens on Sundays.
Arches 477–478 Bateman's Row, 020-7729-7688;
Eddie Prendergast and Steve Davies' admirably organized menswear store has the vibe of a next-generation boys club with comic books, Japanese imports like Nanamica cruiser jackets ($440) and polka-dot socks from Ayame ($42), and an excellent espresso bar. But the selection of dress shoes from 184-year-old Tricker's (Prince Charles' favorite) and the in-house line of Scottish-made merino knits ($186) are reasons enough to stop by.
140 Shoreditch High St., 020-7033-0500;
For over a decade, Philip Start and his wife, former Fall guitarist Brix Smith, have compiled both of-the-moment and traditional menswear from the likes of Acne, Church's, and Orlebar Brown. Down the street, Mr. Start, their tailoring arm, offers ready-to-wear (starting at $1,037) and made-to-measure suits (starting at $1,417), using Savile Row cloths for shorter jackets and tapered pants aimed at the young tech creatives who work in the area.
59 Rivington St., 020-7739-3636;
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Travel Tips
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Where to Drink: Underdog
Beneath the BrewDog pub, this speakeasy offers craft-beer cocktails like the gin-and-IPA Punked Fizz ($14).
51-55 Bethnal Green Rd., 020-7729-8476;
Where to Stay: Shoreditch House (pictured, left)
Book one of the white-paneled, beach-hut-style rooms (starting at $135) and get temporary access to this Soho House–owned-members-only club.
Ebor St., 020-7739-5040;
Where to Caffinate: Allpress Espresso
Come for a stellar flat white—a mix of microfoam and ristretto—brewed from beans roasted on site.
58 Redchurch St., 020-7749-1780;
Where to Eat: Hawksmoor
Dine at a steak house where the waiter will explain your porterhouse's provenance.
157a Commercial St., 020-7426-4850;
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