When will you pay me? say the bells of Old Bailey. When I am rich say the bells of Shoreditch. So goes the rhyme from Oranges and Lemons. But today the smart money is heading to Shoreditch, attracted by its new gated developments, ultra-modern loft conversions and family-friendly Victorian terraces that are all within easy reach of the City.
Shoreditch is now a byword for urban cool and is inhabited by a new generation of creatives. The result is an area where trendy bars sit next to cut-price Bangladeshi restaurants and traditional cockney butchers share space with exclusive delis.