Pump Shoreditch

in a nutshell

If eating sumptuous street food in a converted petrol station sounds like your kind of thing, PUMP Shoreditch is the London market to really fuel your appetite. Open from 11am to 11pm every day of the week throughout the summer, PUMP is one of the best spots to hangout and sample the sights and sounds of Shoreditch.

The market, which opened in 2014 in a disused Texaco garage on Shoreditch High Street, boasts an eclectic client base and an equally diverse array of delicious street food. The market combines live music with street art exhibitions while giving locals and visitors alike the chance to sample fresh, authentic street food from around the world.

about the market

In terms of tasty treats, you’d usually associate a petrol station with pasties, sausages rolls and an excellent selection of grab bag crisps, but this garage is a little different. Instead, there are freshly cooked pizzas from Pizza Rossa with toppings made from quality ingredients. Then there’s Tacotitlan, where you can sample authentic Mexican street food from Pablo the chef. There’s also pulled pork by Moriscos.

Seasoned blogger The Food Connoisseur is a particularly big fan of Makimayo Chicken, and quite understandably too: "The only thing they sell is succulent deep fried chicken with a choice of four different flavour combinations to coat the pieces. It comes in a very generous portion filled inside a paper cone."

There’s no shortage of attractions in and around the area, with Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market just a short walk away. Across the road there’s the Ace Hotel, the perfect place for a quiet coffee or juice to wash all that street food down. It’s also worth noting that the Pump Shoreditch no longer serves alcoholic drinks, but with so many bars and pubs in the area, there’s still plenty of choice.

THINGS TO DO IN EAST LONDON

We’ve already mentioned two of East London’s most popular attractions, Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, which can be found just a short walk from PUMP Shoreditch. Brick Lane is worth checking out not only because it’s East London’s most famous road, but also for the abundance of restaurants, cafés and vintage shops. Brick Lane Bookshop is full of all kinds of literary inspiration, while Rough Trade is the place for fans of vinyl.

What really draws shoppers and fashionistas to the area are the eclectic and colourful vintage shops. For the best in vintage shopping, take a look at Rokit and Hunky Dory Vintage, and if you still haven’t got your fix, head onto Cheshire Street where you’ll find Vintage Basement, Porcelain and Red and Retitled.

If there’s more shopping to be done, head to Westfield Stratford City, the largest urban shopping centre in Europe, where you’ll be able to some of the world’s most sought after brands.

A little further afield you can visit Lee Valley to explore the Olympic Park and relive some of those fantastic moments from 2012. Alternatively, you can head to Lee Valley Park, a 10,000 acre, 26 mile long park with plenty of open green spaces to enjoy in the sun.

And if one day is simply not enough time to take in all the things to do in East London and beyond, why not stay in one of the many hotels near Shoreditch to give yourself a little more time to explore?