Areas of London are always being regenerated and knowing where is the most up and coming neighbourhoods to visit can be tricky. Choosing where to stay and what to see will really depend on your tastes and what you want to get out of the trip. Trendy bars and instagrammable graffiti are all well and good for the Millenials but not really ideal for the older generations.
From lovely little squares to bustling bars, Shoreditch and neighbouring Hoxton go hand i hand. This is an area that loves being playful and you can find adult ball pits, bowling alleys, mini-golf courses and lots more fun. The area is also teeming with markets and if you are looking for that perfect Instagram picture then head to the Columbia Road flower market or on to the roof of the Queen of Hoxton. Shoreditch also has more than its fair share of street art so wander down those lesser-known streets and find yourself mesmerised by the artwork. The hotels here are also fantastic. I have previously stayed at the Montcalm Royal London House when attending an event at The Brewery and the standard was fantastic.
Just last month I had to walk through this thriving area that is accessible between Kings Cross and St Pancreas train stations. I was met with a large open area with an outdoor screen showing the tennis, fabulous street food and bustling bars and restaurants. With building work still ongoing in the area it will be interesting to see how it develops.
Camden will always have a piece of my heart from my own teenage years. Although still slightly alternative it has definitely matured in the last twenty years. The shops look cleaner, there are more well-known names and the Camden lock market is full of delicious-looking food that you want to eat. Camden Market still has its punk/goth side but you can also find more variety than in the past. The nightlife and music scene in the area is still buzzing and there is always somewhere to go day or night.
When visiting London you really need to spend some time exploring the west end. This shopping paradise is not only beautiful but easy to navigate. Forget jumping on the tube to travel between destinations, you can see so much more of this area if you walk and you will be amazed at how close together the tube stops really are. Home to Carnaby Street, the infamous shopping street and the little known St Christopher’s Place you need to duck down the alleyways to really get the most out of this area. Let’s not forget all of the amazing theatres in walking distance where you can see a different show every day.
Once associated with a dodgy neighbourhood and the likes of Del boy from Only Fools and Horses, a lot of people will be surprised to hear that Peckham is not only popular but that it is one of South London’s coolest neighbourhoods. From rooftop bars and quirky cafes this is an area to watch for the future.