When John and I ventured into London's Shoreditch area we usually began at Redchuch Street where it splits from Bethnal Green Road at the top of Brick Lane. The Redchurch bar is one of the first watering holes one runs into in the oh-so-hip neighbourhood.
One might catch sight of a Pearly catching the Bethnal Green bus home on the weekend.
I've read that Shoreditch was essentially a furniture-making neighbourhood in the 19th century and was revived as an artist neighbourhood in the 1990s when big names like Damien Hirst and Tracey Amin rented studios there. Now fancy outlets like Tracey Neuls (shoes and cycling gear) have opened shops in the neighbourhood.
Bars and smart eateries line Redchurch Street.