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Old Street

A hip area of London which offers excellent shopping, fantastic eateries and plenty of art galleries.

Old Street station sits roughly in the middle of its namesake street which runs from the east London borough of Islington to the west London borough of Hackney. On Old Street days out you’ll find sprouting tech hubs, several cafes and markets and possibly the latest work of internationally famous artists such as Banksy.

But what about how to get there? Visiting Old Street by train removes many of the stresses of travelling in the capital. So whether you’re taking the kids along, meeting up with friends or colleagues or going solo, keep reading for handy information on getting to Old Street and tips on what to do once you’ve arrived.

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Getting to Old Street

Taking the train makes things easy. You won’t spend time honking your horn at the traffic – and nor will you be searching around for places to park. Jump on, sit down and relax – and save a little money on the way in too.

Our capital isn’t well known for being cheap – but thankfully there are several ways to save on getting to Old Street by train. Railcards are first up, and from the 16-25s, 26-30s and over 60s to the disabled, partners and family and friends, there’s one out there for most of us. Each and every one is a serious money saver. Why not see if you could sign up today?

If you’re bringing the little ones along, it’s good to know that up to four children aged 5-15 can hop on board for just £2 each within Off-Peak times. The adults aren’t left out either - booking your tickets together as a group of 3-9 will save you extra on Off-Peak travel, too. Use any of the tactics above to give yourself more to spend on things to do in Old Street!

Things to do in Old Street

With plenty to see and so much more in the surrounding areas of Hackney and Shoreditch, you won’t be struggling for ideas for Old Street days out. There’s plenty of trendy coffee shops to get your caffeine fix and catch up on some work or your favourite book, and if your stomach’s rumbling, Whitecross Street Market offers a delicious variety of street eats from Wednesday to Friday.

If you’ve got a yearning for some fresh air, nearby Finsbury Square is a relaxing space to sit and watch the world go by – and you may even catch an impromptu jazz concert. Or take things up a notch at Shoreditch Park and step onto one of its various sports pitches.

You could even catch a live music or DJ set at XOYO, an iconic nightclub hosting some of the hottest acts in the UK and beyond. Whatever you’re into and whatever your reason for travelling, book your train tickets through our website to get your trip started!

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