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Post-war decline of the furniture and textile industries, for which it had once been renowned, left Shoreditch a deprived hinterland on the north-eastern boundary of the City. But, despite some wartime destruction and insensitive 1960s development, many industrial buildings, sturdy Victorian & Edwardian warehouses & workshops, remained.
From the 1980s onwards cheap rental accommodation encouraged creatives and start-ups to relocate to the area. Today, incorporating the booming tech-industries now settled in the Old Street area, Shoreditch is once again a thriving sector within the London economy. A place of galleries and showrooms, independent cafes, underground clubs, and innovation.
Join Blue Badge Guide, David Thompson to explore the urban fabric of the streets: consider its conservation, retro-fitting and renewal. Shoreditch is a visually vibrant and multi-faceted place, where historic fabric and contemporary new builds, frequently employing a diverse palette of new materials, offer both variety and delight.
Image © Duggan Morris Architects