People who have never visited London can tell you what there is to do there. Who hasn’t heard of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament or the London Eye? But if you are searching for a more local experience and are wanting to see a more trendy, different side to London, then look no further as in this post we’ll give you an insight to the trendiest locations in London that you need to visit.
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Hoxton is considered the creative hub of London. With the walls adorned in vibrant street art, and a variety of cool cafes, edgy galleries, popular nightclubs and bars there is something for everyone in Hoxton. Just a short walk from Old Street Tube station (Northern line) is Hoxton square. Hoxton square is home to some amazing bars and restaurants, including Gigi’s Hoxton.
Gigi’s is a bar in Hoxton spread across two floors and is the perfect location to kick-start a night out in London. Charming and quirky, Gigi’s is a stylish bar specialising in tasty cocktails, live music and it has a fantastic restaurant in the heart of hoxton square.
On the ground floor of the venue you can find a striking long bar lit with Instagrammable neon signs, and if that wasn’t enough some of the walls are painted with bespoke murals by artist Kate Philipson. The basement is where the real party starts – with plenty of big booths for groups of friends to party the night away and a dancefloor to rival strictly, Gigi’s Hoxton Underbelly (basement floor) is for the party animals!
There are plenty of great things to do in Shoreditch, after all it is considered one of the capital’s most diverse neighbourhoods. Filled to the brim with trendy artisan coffee shops, amazing independent diners as well as delicious bakeries, Shoreditch has lots to offer.
One of the best things to check out in Shoreditch is Boxpark. Boxpark is a staple of the East London scene and is a shopping mall made from disused shipping containers stacked up over two storeys. The first storey is made up of unique home and clothes stores, whilst the second offers plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat.
Lots of colourful markets, plenty of rocking music venues, a side of bold street art and lots of eclectic food vendors, Camden is the spiritual home of London’s alternative culture. Whilst it may have become laden with tourists in recent years, there are still some amazing things to see and do in Camden.
While the markets are incredibly popular, you can’t come to Camden and not visit them! With plenty of stalls and shops selling eccentric garments and funky accessories, home bargains and jewellery, Camden is the embodiment of everything alternative and offers the perfect solution if you get bored of browsing London’s popular Oxford Street.
Located in southwest London, Clapham is the perfect place to spend the weekend if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of central London. From markets to festivals, Clapham has lots to offer throughout the year.
If you fancy yourself as a movie buff, you can spend an afternoon watching films at the Clapham Picture House. The Clapham Picture has a variety of screenings to get stuck into including Hollywood Blockbusters and Indie films to suit all the family. Throughout the year, the Picture House hosts events, such as Q&A sessions and Quizzes!
If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, you can also enjoy a selection of wines and local beers and some delicious fair-trade coffee or grab yourself a slice of stone-baked goodness from the kitchen – with everything from classic margherita to vegan pizzas, there is something to suit every taste at the Picture House.
Islington is one of London’s trendiest places. With a rich history and strong sense of community, this area is a hub for anyone creative. Just a short tube ride from Central London, Islington boasts plenty of great things to do from catching an indie theatre performance to shopping for trinkets and treasures on Upper Street, there are some really great things to see and do in Islington.
A favourite is the Angel Comedy Club. Spanning across two venues – The Camden Head and The Bill Murray (both in Islington) – there are some great acts to see. The Camden Head is home to Angel Comedy Raw, a free night featuring a mixture of comedians whereas The Bill Murray hosts a range of new and established comedians 7 days a week and prices range from £5-15 a ticket.
London is one of the most vibrant places in central Europe, and with plenty of fantastic areas just stone’s throw away from the central, you’d be crazy to miss out on them. When you venture out of central London, you can find plenty more amazing things the city has to offer.
So next time you head to London, why not give it a try?