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Pop-up City Guide: Shoreditch

Pop-up City Guide: Shoreditch

We know that test rides make a difference. And we want as many riders as possible to see how the VanMoof S3 & X3 can transform their cities. That’s why we’re boosting our brand store reach with an international network of pop-up test locations. In our new blog series, we’re zeroing in on our latest cities – and taking you on an insider-only ride with the local team.

Hey! I’m Sebastian and I started working for VanMoof after graduating from uni this summer. I’ve been in London for three years and I love it. I’ve never lived much further than a 15 minute cycle from Shoreditch, so I thought this would be a great chance to share some of my top spots to stop in the area.

It’s not too hard to make a stop at Boxpark… it’s literally where the VanMoof pop-up is. Think shipping containers, but fashionable. Before your test-ride make sure you have a wander round the area – if you’re not too busy ogling the bikes!

At street-level, you’ll find a bunch of miniature shops, ranging from jewellers and doughnut stores to people selling IV drips. Upstairs there are bars, burger joints, and more street-food options than you could possibly ask for.

East London’s Shoreditch – aka the trendiest place in the city – is home to more street art, vintage shops, and creatives than the rest of London combined. Luckily, a 15 minute VanMoof test ride is a great opportunity to soak it all in at speed.

Take a quick left, then a right out of Boxpark, and you’ll come across contemporary artist Camille Walala’s mural on Redchurch Street. It’s one of London’s largest pieces of public art (600 sq. meters) and wonderfully combines rich colours and geometric patterns. Even on greyer days it’s worthy of a picture.

The streets linking Redchurch St. to my next stop on Calvert Avenue are quiet and oh-so-smooth. Be warned – if you use your Turbo Boost here, you won’t want to give the bike back.

I then tapped the satisfying Kick Lock outside “Beans love Greens” (pictured above), opposite Shoreditch Church. The VanMoof S3 in dark attracted plenty of attention as I grabbed a coffee, and I had a few questions to answer when I went back outside. The sleek design really wins over the locals here.

To finish my ride I glided over to Old Spitalfields Market. Spitalfields is a beautiful covered Victorian market, on the same site as a food market dating back to 1631. There are daily arts and craft stalls, vinyl fairs, as well as frequent public art shows.

All in all, it’s hard to go wrong in Shoreditch. I haven’t even talked about the famous Brick Lane or Columbia Road (home of London’s best flower market), but whichever way you head it’s going to be a memorable test ride on the VanMoof S3 & X3.

Find your nearest VanMoof location, and take the VanMoof S3 & X3 for a test ride today.

Sebastian Lewis