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12 Coolest Neighbourhoods In London

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If there’s one thing London never finds itself lacking in, it’s a local neighbourhood hangout. From Hampstead to Hackney, there are so many quirky corners of London promising everything from culture and creative arts to cocktails and craft beer, and everything in between. Whether you’re a chic south London girl or hang out with the east London hipsters, we’ve whittled down our pick of the coolest neighbourhoods in London to eat, drink, dance and be merry…

Bermondsey

Once lined with wharves and warehouses, Bermondsey started out from humble riverside beginnings. Today it’s awash with stylish lofts, cutting-edge commercial spaces and an array of slick, trendy eateries. The gamut of restaurants, boutiques and bars attract a sophisticated crowd, whilst the buzz of the famous Maltby Street market is where Instagramming foodies flock in their droves to snap away at some of London’s hottest street food stands. Tower Hill provides a beautiful backdrop, as does The Shard, whilst the Fashion and Textile Museum adds a cultural edge to this chic south London suburb. For shopping be sure to visit Bermondsey’s famous Antique Market, and for drinks, head to The Hide BarThe Woolpack, or if you’re a gin lover, form an orderly queue at 214 Bermondsey

 

Brixton

From street food joints to seasonal tasting plates, Brixton’s dining scene is firmly established as one of the most dynamic in London. Whatever you’re in the mood for – be it wine and charcuterie or sake and ramen – there are few better places to satisfy your food fix. POP Brixton is a must, you’ll find everything from street food stalls, sit-down restaurants and buzzing bars, to live DJ sets, spinning on the decks until the early hours. Brockwell Park is also worth a visit. Pack up a picnic and enjoy a few bevvies in the sun, or take a dip in the outdoor lido – the perfect place to cool down on a warm summer’s day.

 

Camden

A weird and wonderful hub of arts and culture, Camden is a creative’s dream, with no end of eccentricities under its belt. Go from sizzling street food at Kerb, to rock and roll nights at the Hawley Arms, without so much of a taxi or tube in sight. Camden Market is legendary; you’ll find every piece of vintage clothing, pop art and quirky homeware under the sun, whilst the endless music venues – The Jazz CaféKoko and the Roundhouse keep the district’s illustrious music scene alive. Foodies should visit the newly opened Cheese Bar, for an indulgent cheese-fuelled feast, and for dancing, prop up the bar at Proud – they have epic DJ nights and burlesque shows.

 

Clapton

This trendy east London suburb is dripping in New York-cool. With everything from bone-broth bars, converted warehouse breweries and slick urban eateries, there is something oh-so-very Brooklyn-chic about this east-side hipster hangout, particularly with stalwart dining spots My Neighbours the Dumplings and Sodo Pizza on its ever-changing roster of buzzing food joints. The Clapton Heart and The Crooked Billet are firm pub favourites, and if you’re looking to stock up on foodie treats for the weekend, be sure to head to Chatsworth Road’s Sunday Food Market, which is perfectly located beside the green open spaces of Millfield Park, for a well-deserved shopping breather.

 

Dalston

The pinnacle of east London’s trend set, Dalston is crawling with achingly cool hangouts. From foodie hubs and cultural hits to buzzing night-time hotspots, this cool, creative neighbourhood is one of the capital’s most talked about destinations. Stock up on everything from vintage accessories to organic fare at Ridley Road’s bustling weekly street market, raise a glass at Dalston Roof Park, catch some of the hottest DJs on the dance scene at The Nest, or for a Saturday night drinking sesh, hole up at The Spurstowe Arms – Sunday sessions here never disappoint.

 

Hackney

Sandwiched in between the green, leafy spaces of Victoria Park, London Fields and Hackney Downs, Hackney Central is one of the hottest places in London – both to live and to hang out. Every Saturday Broadway Market is taken over by swarms of foodies, eager to taste their way through every street food stall, and the parks come alive with families and groups of friends as they picnic and sizzle in the sun. The nightlife is also buzzing in Hackney – there’s everything from neighbourhood pizza joints – Lardo is one of our favourites – to late-night drinking spots where you can hole up for hipster cocktail or two at the likes of The Cat and MuttonThe Moth ClubOff Broadway, and  Netil 360. Live music venue Oval Space is located just down the road in Cambridge Heath, and in Hackney Wick, you’ll find the very cool Crate, where you can grab stone-baked pizzas, craft beer and party canalside on the Flamingo Pier. Hackney is also home to London’s most Instagrammed café – Palm Vaults, which is well worth an hour’s stopover.

 

Hampstead

The leafy, posh northern quarter of Hampstead is a yummy mummy’s dream – the Heath is a hot spot for family picnics, with wide open spaces for the kids to run riot and stunning vistas overlooking the entire city. But it’s not just a favourite for families, there are endless gastropubs serving up an eclectic mix of top-notch pub grub and the hottest haute cuisine. Classics from the 18th-century include The Holly Bush and the Stag, whilst Georgian gem The Wells serves up award-winning fare in stately surroundings. Retro party pad Bobby Fitzpatrick is definitely one for late-night fun whilst the Tannin and Oak wine and charcuterie bar is fabulous for laid-back feasting. Famous poet John Keats is a former resident to the area, and you can visit his Regency villa abode – it’s open to the public – whilst the Ponds provide a rather abrupt wake-up call for those brave enough to take to take a dip.

 

Islington

Teeming with endless rows of beautiful Victorian townhouses, Islington is one of the prettiest suburbs in London, and an absolute joy to explore. A celeb and socialite hot spot, you’ll find everything from fashionable gastropubs, wine bars, and boutiques to leafy courtyards and gorgeous green open spaces. Weekends in Islington are made for canal-side strolls and café pit stops, and in the centre of Angel, you’ll stumble upon the most charming collection of vintage shops this side of the ‘60s. The arts scene is rife in Islington – there are comedy clubs, theatres and live music venues galore – so you can get your culture fix almost every night of the week. Our favourite haunts include live music venue Union ChapelThe Old Queen’s Head and Camden Passage – a treasure trove of antique and vintage wonders.

 

Notting Hill

The epitome of eclectic cool, Notting Hill is a vibrant hub of arts and culture boasting everything from bustling street markets and live music venues to quirky vintage stores and glorious food joints – as well as the biggest carnival street festival this side of Rio. Whether you’re there to shop, eat, dance or sink a bottle (or two) of bubbly, there are plenty of places to indulge. Saturdays are swarming with shoppers – Portobello Market is one of London’s most popular shopping haunts – and there are endless cafés, cocktail haunts and trendy local eateries to hole up in and while away an afternoon. Some of our favourites? Gin tasting at The DistilleryThe Ledbury’s mouth-watering Michelin-starred fare and Redemption’s glut of guilt-free cocktails.

 

Peckham

Dubbed as the ‘Hackney’ of south London, Peckham’s creative, urban vibe has attracted swarms of trendy arts student to the area over the last few years. With the likes of Frank’s Café – Peckham’s enduring popular ‘car park’ rooftop – and some of the hottest street eats, restaurant haunts and pubs on the London food scene – think Taiwanese buns at Mr Bao, fresh Italian pasta at Forza Win and Thai street food at The Begging Bowl  – Peckham has gone from Del Boy drab to hipster hangout in a mere matter of months. A thriving cosmopolitan hub, complete with gourmet pubs, award-winning coffee shops and cool cultural hotspots, Peckham ticks all the boxes. Be sure to check out the Bussey Building – home to one of London’s best nightclubs, a sky-high rooftop cinema and a catalogue of cultural theatre, comedy and dance events.

 

Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington prides itself on being the ‘grown-up’ version of Dalston – it’s where the cool kids move to when they want to settle down and start having kids. The closest you’ll get to a village in north east London, Church Street has every kind of café, restaurant, gastropub and gourmet grocer you could dream of – of course, it has its own Whole Foods store – as well as a selection of secondhand bookshops, trendy furniture stores, independent fashion boutiques and hipster indie boozers. Plus, it boasts one of the best pizza joints in London – L’Antica Pizzeria – that serves up traditional stone-baked pizzas, Naples-style. There’s a farmer’s market every Saturday, and Clissold Park has plenty of space to spread out with friends or family, on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

 

Balham

Long-standing Londoners will remember when Balham took a bit of a backseat to its neighbouring Clapham counterpart. But thanks to its flourishing food and drink scene – there’s a new wave of gastropubs, cocktail bars, cafés and chic restaurants taking over the cobbled streets – that give Balham more of a trendy edge. Brickwood and Milk are stalwart brunch spots, and there are plenty of cosy pubs – The BedfordThe Exhibit and the Balham Bowls Club, to name a few – to hole up in on a Saturday afternoon. For something extra special, book a table at Lamberts – their inventive menu of seasonal British classics is to-die-for. 

 

 


 

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