One of the world’s most cosmopolitan and visited cities, London is the epicentre of cool. Here, Musement explores 8 of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit in London.
A city with a long and interesting history, London is a diverse melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. The capital city is home to an abundance of cool neighbourhoods and districts, many of which are the result of huge regeneration projects. Besides the obvious things to do in London, it’s sometimes good to go off the tourist track and get a feel for the local neighbourhoods. And thanks to its easy subway system, you can swiftly get from one side of the city to the other. Here are 8 of the coolest neighbourhoods in London, well worthy of a visit:
Well established as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in London. Camden Town is known for its gastronomy offering, lively nightlife, vibrant music scene and arts culture. Visit Camden Market, one of the neighbourhood’s star attractions and peruse the small rows of independent shops, try the tasty street food and enjoy the relaxed bohemian vibes. Go for a stroll along Regent’s Canal and indulge at one of the canal-side bars, restaurants and cafes, or take a boat ride along the canal from Camden Lock. And don’t forget to head to the top of Primrose Hill and admire one of the best views of the city.
Located in the district of Hackney, Dalston is a neighbourhood that never sleeps. The area has experienced a high degree of gentrification and is now full to the brim with independent eateries, vintage shops, pop-up clubs, bars and literary cafes. Go to Dalston Roof Park and grab a drink whilst appreciating the London skyline. Or catch a movie at the art deco Rio Cinema, one of the most popular independent cinemas in London.
An area known for its seedy past; it is now one of the most glamourous neighbourhoods in London. Packed with character and plenty to do, Soho should be on every one’s London list. One of the main entertainment districts in the city, see a show at one of the many theatres in the area. Grab a meal at one of the famous restaurants or enjoy a night out at one of the chic cocktail bars or world-famous nightclubs in the area.
Located in South London, Brixton is home to a multi-cultural population with a strong African and Caribbean presence. A district with an eventful history, Brixton has built up a hipster reputation through its lively music, arts scene and diverse street market. A foodie haven, visit the Brixton Market and browse your way through the shops, stop for a pick-me-up at one of the cafes or try cuisines from all over the world in the many restaurants.
5. Hackney Wick
Situated in the south-eastern part of the district of Hackney, the area was largely regenerated after the Olympic Games in 2012. A mecca to a larger number of artists, musicians and creatives, make sure to check out the multitude of street art in the area. Take a walk along the canal and visit one of the many independent breweries and cool cafes.
Islington is within easy reaching distance of central London, yet it still manages to retain its cool neighbourhood vibe. The perfect mix of bohemian and fancy, Islington has something to offer for everyone. Filled with trendy restaurants, boutiques, cinemas and art galleries, the area also has an active fringe theatre scene. Featuring three of London’s top fringe theatres: The Almeida, Pleasance Theatre and King’s Head Theatre Pub, head to a show whilst you’re there. Feeling hungry? Then go to Upper Street and eat your way through the abundance of amazing and diverse restaurants.
Considered a dodgy area in 80s and 90s, Peckham has been regenerated and is now one of the coolest neighbourhoods in London. As well as some great places to eat, the area is known for its creative scene. Check out one of the art galleries in the area, such as The Museum of Contemporary Art. Stroll along Rye Lane, the main shopping street, and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of this busy trading street. Visit Frank’s rooftop bar, which sits atop an old industrial building, and watch the sunset over the city.
8. Notting Hill
Famous thanks to the film of the same name, a visit to this quaint London neighbourhood will not leave you disappointed. Walk through the streets and admire the beautiful pastel painted Victorian townhouses – a perfect addition to your Instagram feed. Much more than just pretty houses, hit Portobello Road Market, especially on a Saturday, when thousands of people flock to the market to buy antiques and collectibles. Or visit during the yearly Carnival in August and see the neighbourhood come alive in colour, dance and celebration.