Massage Near Shoreditch
Directions from Shoreditch
Shoreditch is packed with bars and restaurants – mostly independently owned and run, so whether you’re drained from shopping, or want to loosen up before going out for the evening, why not head to Thai Kosai for a well-earned massage?
To find us just head down Commercial Street, just past Spitalfields market and you will see a fork in the road to your right – that’s Toynbee Street, and we are just a few meters from the North end of it.
You can call ahead to book, or if you’re planning ahead you can always book online!
The Shoreditch name apparently originates from “Shore’s Ditch”, so-called after a ditch where Jane Shore, mistress of Edward IV, was said to be buried. Another suggested origin of the name is “Sewer Ditch”, in reference to a drain in a once-boggy area.
Founded in 1158, the Augustinian Priory of St. John the Baptist in Holywell dominated the eastern area (named for a holy well on its site) and was the richest Augustinian nunnery in the country. The site was split up during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.
The first two permanent London theatres were built in Shoreditch shortly thereafter. The first, called simply “The Theatre”, was on Curtain Road at the junction with New Inn Yard. Until that time plays had been held in places like inn yards (and that “pop-up” theme continues in Shoreditch today) but in 1576 were prohibited inside the City walls. Other industries prohibited within the City walls sprung up in Shoreditch – including brick making and tanning.
The area today is a far cry from bogs, bodies and sewerage! In its more recent history the area has been known as a ‘cultural quarter’ (after artists moved into the area in the early 1990s, attracted by the hollowed out Victorian light industrial spaces and cheap rent).