History of Shoreditch
Shoreditch High Street was one of the earliest strands of ribbon development radiating from the City of London.
By the 19th-Century it had become the principal commercial road of the district with a daily street market,with many tradesmen and their families living above the shops. Later the area became dominated by industries including printing, clothing, tobacco and food processing.
The distinctive architectural character of Shoreditch today therefore comes from the mix of large and surprisingly grand 19th-Century multi-storey show rooms and warehouses located on the wide main streets, combined with the smaller commercial buildings that line the tangle of streets behind.