The History of
Wheelers Lofts

Home to Hiller Brothers

THE LAST BARROW MAKERS OF EAST LONDON

Seventy years ago there was a lot of noise coming from this part of Shoreditch. On Squirries Street there was banging, sawing and clattering as raw materials were crafted into wheeled barrows carts. The noise came from the Hiller Brothers workshop, the East End’s last barrow-maker.

Now the era of barrow making has ended, the place is a lot quieter. Where there were workshops, now there are lovely new homes, built with the same care and quality that the barrow builders once put into their renowned creations.

All images except bottom left are credited to Andrew Baker

Bottom left image is credited to Tower Hamlets Local History Library

Home of
a Vibrant
Culture

"YOU’LL FIND THINGS YOU
DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU WANTED"

With the best that Shoreditch and Bethnal Green can offer, you’ll find things you didn’t even know you wanted — right on your doorstep — as well as your favourite locations just a few minutes away.

WELCOME TO E2

One of the things East London is most well-known for is the colourful street scene, including everything from pop-up food stands, street markets, open air art installations and the popular flower market.

Shoreditch High Street
Overground Station

  • Whitechapel

    2 Mins

  • Canada Water

    10 Mins

  • Highbury &
    Islington

    14 Mins

Bethnal Green
Underground Station

  • Liverpool Street

    3 Mins

  • Stratford

    5 Mins

  • Bank

    5 Mins

  • Oxford Circus

    13 Mins

  • Bond Street

    14 Mins

  • King’s Cross
    St Pancras

    20 Mins

  • Baker Street

    22 Mins

Bus

  • Liverpool Street
    Station

    14 Mins

  • Stratford Westfield
    Shopping Centre

    31 Mins

  • Stansted Airport
    (via A8 coach)

    60 Mins

Bike

  • Hackney City Farm

    3 Mins

  • V&A Childhood Museum

    3 Mins

  • The Old Blue Last

    6 Mins

  • Old Spitalfields Market

    6 Mins

  • Victoria Park

    6 Mins

  • Mile End Park

    8 Mins

Walk

  • Weavers Fields

    3 Mins

  • Columbia Road
    Flower Market

    7 Mins

  • Bethnal Green
    Underground Station

    8 Mins

  • Shoreditch High Street
    Overground Station

    11 Mins

  • Brick Lane

    11 Mins

Explore The Past, Present
& Future

“A LIVING, BREATHING ART
SPACE AND CULTURE HAVEN”

Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, and the surrounding area are a living, breathing art space and culture haven; with multiple locations housing art exhibits, pop-up shops and stalls, plus city farms that bring the country to the city.

Art & Culture

Local culture hotspots:
V&A Museum of Childhood, Rivington Place, Hackney City Farm, Geffrye Museum, Maureen Paley Gallery, Spitalfields City Farm.
A Hard
Days Night

“YOU’LL WONDER WHERE TO FIND
THE TIME TO FIT EVERYTHING IN”

With some of the best spaces in London for food, drink and events, you'll wonder where to find the time to fit everything in. The Oval Space holds many events catering to the arts, The Old Blue Last has housed some of the biggest bands in history before they got huge, and The Rich Mix Centre has everything under one roof; from music and theatre, to film and comedy.

ENTERTAINMENT

Where to have some fun:
The Oval Space, Old Truman Brewery, The Old Blue Last, 10 Gales, 93 Feet East, Zigfrid von Underbelly, Comedy Café, Rich Mix Centre & Cinema.
Spice up
your Life

“THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 300
PLACES TO GRAB A DECENT PINT”

Being in the heart of prime East London, there are approximately 300 places to grab a decent pint or meal within a few minutes of Squirries Street. A few worth mentioning: Far Rockaway, The Old Shoreditch Station, Albion, the Well & Bucket (for awesome oysters and amazing ales), and one of the stunning restaurants at the Town Hall Hotel; Bistrotheque.

FOOD & DRINK

Have your fill:
Albion – The Boundary Project, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, The Princess of Shoreditch, Brick Lane Beigel Bake, Rivington Bar & Grill, Bistrotheque, The Old Shoreditch Station, Morgan Arms, The Empress.
Space to Relax, Time To Shop

EXPLORE THE HUGE ASSORTMENT OF SHOPS
AND MARKETS WITHIN A FEW MINUTES’ WALK

As well as the more established local shopping areas of Brick Lane, Columbia Road and Broadway Market, living at Wheelers Lofts will probably see you visiting the pop-up mall Boxpark, and the huge assortment of vintage shops along Brick Lane. There are the lifestyle boutiques of Aesop, Murdock and T2 on Redchurch Street, plus House of Hackney for cutting edge interiors, and if you need a ride to explore, Tokyo Bike has a great selection of bicycles to hire and buy.

SHOPPING & LEISURE

Explore local spots:
Brick Lane, Spa London, York Hall Leisure Centre, Mile End Park, Victoria Park, Labour & Wait, Beyond Retro, Black Truffle, Rough Trade, Treacle, Tatty Devine, Bookartbookshop, Broadway Market.