10 BEST DISTRICTS IN LONDON

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Thinking about going to London and want to dive into different districts? Reporter Monika tells you all about the 10 best districts in London.

Shoreditch

Shoreditch is a great area of inspiration. From artists and bohemians to hipsters and hippies….no subculture goes uncovered in this artsy area. Before the 1990s, Shoreditch was known as a cheap area for Londoners to buy a home, but over the years, Shoreditch has become the epicenter for London’s thriving art scene. This neighborhood of industrial warehouses and at first glance some grubby side streets offers a lot of potential space to be rediscovered. You can find here also very cool shops, the most delicious coffee and a lot of amazing street art from the most famous artists such as Banksy.

Camden

Do you want to visit more markets during your city trip? Then absolutely go to the trendy district of Camden. In this district, you will find no less than six different markets that together form the Camden Market. You can buy art, jewelry, books, (second-hand) clothing, vintage, and food. Camden was and is one of the most happening places for live music in London. Catch world-famous acts or the Next Big Thing at The Roundhouse, Dingwalls and The Dublin Castle. Try Underworld for metal and The jazz cafe for jazz, blues and retro. Camden is also a very nice creative neighborhood where you can admire very cool graffiti art.

Covent Garden

Located on the site of a 17th-century fruit market, Covent Garden is constantly buzzing with energy, from string quartets to captivating kings and mimes, the neighborhood attracts various street artists from all over Europe. The neighborhood is ideal for lovers of good food and drinks. The many restaurants offer dishes from all over the world; Thai rice dishes, French pastries, Belgian chocolate, Spanish paella, and North African curries. For a tasty European beer, you can visit the many historic and character pubs on the square.

Soho

For sure one of the liveliest districts in the center of London. Mainly known for its entertainment centers. Shops, lots of bars, clubs, restaurants, Theatre – have been entertaining visitors for a very long time. From big-budget musicals and classic plays to quirky cabaret and stand-up comedy, there is a Soho show to suit every taste. Chinatown can be found at Gerrard Street. Soho is also known for its risqué vibe. This is where you’ll find many of London’s sex shops, burlesque shows, and gay and lesbian bars.

Westminster

Here you will find the icons of London as the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Here is the political heart of the country and also the Buckingham Palace of the royal family is within walking distance :). If you cross the Thames, you can walk to the London Eye: the striking Ferris wheel on the banks of the river.

Greenwich

This leafy neighborhood in southeast London feels like a real escape from the city. Greenwich has an ensemble of historic buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, some of which are connected to the British royal family and the Royal Navy. The main buildings are: Queen’s House (designed by Inigo Jones), the Old Royal Naval College (designed by Christopher Wren, now Greenwich University), the National Maritime Museum, the Greenwich Hospital and the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pretty Greenwich Park served as Henry VIII’s former hunting ground. Head up to the top of the hill for dramatic views of the London skyline.

Hackney

This area is usually labeled as one of the poorer ends of London, but Hackney has a bustling street life that transcends its reputation. Hackney has a real life of its own and the thrilling clubs, bars, music venues, and theatres attract talented people from all over the world looking for a place in London where their skills will be appreciated.

Southwark

The area is home to many iconic London landmarks – the most famous bridges, buildings, and museums are all in Southwark. Cross the Thames via the Tower, Millennium or London bridges and be rewarded with panoramic views of timeless modernities – in Southwark you will find Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Tate Modern museum, the famous Borough Market and numerous cafés and restaurants. Southwark Cathedral stands in the shadow of the futuristic Shard, London’s tallest building.

Chelsea

Along the banks of the Thames, you can see the bohemian neighborhood that has become the ultimate business district. But Chelsea was home to influential bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 1960s. The fame of the era of the swinging sixties has decreased a little, and its punks and hippies have grown into chic business people in chic terraced houses. Chelsea is not always polite:-) – the residents can become very emotional when it comes to their home team, Chelsea FC.

Notting Hill

The district is filled with mostly large white Victorian houses set in a block around a central communal garden. The houses often have the characteristic white stairs to the front door and white pillars. It is mainly the neighborhood itself that is just a lot of fun. Special antique shops, nice boutiques, good cocktail bars, and great restaurants. Therefore more and more celebrities have settled in this district in recent years. The Saturday market on Portobello Road always attracts many visitors. For the blue door used in the Notting Hill movie, there is usually a line full of people who want to take a picture of themselves with this piece of film history, ‘Spike’ 🙂

Monika is a creative person with a good sense of humor. She goes through life positively with a lot of love for her family, friends, animals and nature. Traveled around the world en lived in both London and Milan. Extensive work experience in the creative artistic world as well as the financial industry. She is an editor / photographer currently living in the Netherlands. She will share her energetic stories with the community.