Just on the inner-eastern edge of the City of London, the neighbourhood of Shoreditch has firmly established itself as one of the technology hubs of the UK. It is in this neighbourhood that a lot of small tech-based start-ups and app developers have based themselves. The ease in which one can now set up a blog or website hosted by a virtual server, has led to a burgeoning of webmasters and online entrepreneurs in hot spots like Shoreditch. Additionally, not only is there a range of flexible office space available here, but there are also some of the best cafes, bars and restaurants that the city has to offer.
It makes total sense for Shoreditch to be hosting the Digital festival, scheduled to run from 11-24 May at the Shoreditch Town Hall.
The Digital Shoreditch Festival is a celebration that brings together the converging industries of tech and creative. The program looks busy – a combination of keynote speakers, workshops, panel discussions and social events.
But how do you get the most out of an event like this without burning out? We’ve all been there – at some point at events like these you have drunk so much coffee and talked to so many people that you simply stop being able to think clearly.
In this article we wanted to give you some hints and tips on how best to survive Digital Shoreditch 2015, as well as some local knowledge on some of the great places that you will find in the Shoreditch neighbourhood.
Where to stay
The official accommodation partner of the festival is the Ace Hotel. Right in the heart of Shoreditch (on Shoreditch High Street), the London outpost of the Ace Hotel is not only in a great location for access to the festival but it will put you right in the heart of all of the action in Shoreditch. The hotel’s stylish lobby bar is lap-top central as the freelancers have moved in to make the most of the numerous power outlets, free wifi, and great coffee and cocktails. After work all the glamorous people are here – drinking, laughing, and networking.
Where to eat
Just across the road from the Shoreditch Town Hall (where the event will be held), you will find Hoxton Square. On a warm day, this small attractive square is rammed with locals out enjoying the sun and working on their rans. During the festival the square will also be transformed into a food market to help keep you fuelled and energized for the sessions ahead.
Where to party
At the end of a long day you are going to need to let off some steam and fortunately you are in a location awash with bars and clubs. For something a bit quirky try the George & Dragon on Hackney Road, or to see the city’s drag culture in action wander down Kingsland Road to The Glory. For something a bit more relaxed, then the bars at Box Park – a pop-up shopping centre constructed from shipping containers and located just next to Shoreditch station.
The digital and creative worlds will be descending on Shoreditch in May. Make sure that you are prepared and ready to get the most out of the opportunity.