London: On a Color Safari in Shoreditch

Resisting the urge to cram in as many destinations as possible is not exactly my strong point as a traveler, but on my most recent trip to London, I at last managed to do just that. There was no London and . . . Edinburgh/Berlin/Vienna (all of which were ideas I floated). Instead, there was just London, where I stayed for around 11 days. And because I was there for so long, I decided to do something I haven’t done before: switch hotels midway. I spent the first half of my trip in central London, focusing on a lot of the more typical touristy activities. For the second half, I moved east, staying at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch.

What did I do during my time in Shoreditch? Well, primarily, I wandered, up and down streets and always in search of more street art. I’ve photographed the area extensively before, but it’s pretty much impossible for me to resist. I am a sucker for bright colors, and Shoreditch has got them, and then some.

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(^I crossed a street to photograph this one. Fun!)

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(^Big favorite of everyone on Instagram including, it would seem, myself. Who can resist that green brick?!)

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(^My favorite wall in Shoreditch? Perhaps.)

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(^Not gonna lie, my heart caught in my throat a little bit at the sight of this one.)

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(^Seems pretty accurate.)

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The Bottom Line: Even though it’s unabashedly hipster, I must confess that I kind of love Shoreditch. There aren’t really many museums or other obvious tourist attractions; the streets themselves are the thing to see. If you love colors, ironic mustaches, or coffee shops…come to Shoreditch!

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