A local’s guide to Shoreditch: Modern Society

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A local’s guide to Shoreditch: Modern Society

India Blue van Spall – Head of Communications for Modern Society

How do you like to start your day?

A stumble out of bed, a brisk walk from my flat in Victoria Park into Shoreditch, followed by a strong coffee from Modern Society.

What does your morning look like?

No morning is the same and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From strategizing events with PR to meeting with brands, i’m fortunate enough to connect with some of most inspiring creatives every day!

Where do you like to go for lunch?

Counter Albion is a no brainer, but if i’m meeting with friends I love to go Franze and Evans on the corner of Redchurch Street for their great salads.

What’s your favourite part of Shoreditch?

It’s got to be Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday. The buzz of the live music, the traders shouting, the vintage furniture, the great cafes. Love it all.

What one place is a must-see/do for you?

There are so many gallery spaces and events for you to visit without breaking the bank. Printout editor talks at The Book Club and the Mubi’s Doubles screenings at 71a are well worth attending.

Where would you go for a drink after work?

The Birdcage on Columbia Road or The Owl & Pussycat, which is right outside Modern Society, so even if we don’t intend to go for a drink, it somehow always happens.

Where would you go for dinner?

If you want to try something different, visit Mark Hix’s restaurant Tramshed, on Rivington Street which doubles up as a gallery space. There’s a giant levitating cow in the centre of the restaurant courtesy of Damien Hirst, you can’t miss it.

Anything later-night that you like…?

Village Underground. Also, speakeasy-style cocktail bar, Joyeux Bordel, is a hidden gem.

Tell us your Shoreditch in 3 words:

Vibrant, original, diverse.