Victoria Park

A lush slice of London life, Victoria Park and nearby Victoria Park Village allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital, and is one of the city’s lesser known hip hangouts (a hidden gem unless you already live in East London). One of our favourite urban areas to explore at the […]


Wapping is a hidden gem along the River Thames, with charming cobbled streets and historic buildings including Prospect of Whitby, the oldest riverside pub in London, dating back to 1520. Warehouse conversions abound in the area, providing a contrast to the backdrop of modern skyscrapers in the neighbouring areas; from here, you can see the […]


As E11’s most affluent and expensive quarter, Wanstead’s enviable village lifestyle has been labelled many things, most recently as East London’s answer to Twickenham and as one of the Top Ten Places to Live in London by The Sunday Times. Everything about Wanstead is lovely. Two beautiful village greens – Christ Church and Memorial – […]

Kennington / Oval

While it might be deceptively residential, Kennington and its sibling Oval pack quite the punch. Just half a mile south of the river Thames, the area is a hop, skip and a jump from the parliamentary division bell, which gives MPs about eight minutes to peg it back to Westminster if there’s an important vote […]


Families settle in Clapham for its roads of Victorian and Edwardian houses, the green expanse of Clapham Common and its bustling streets of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. This well-heeled district is one of the last places in London that anyone today would associate with dissent. Yet 200 years ago, a group of devout Christians […]


Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on. If you go to Brick Lane Market, though, it doesn’t look that way. The weird and wonderfully dressed hordes keep coming to Shoreditch, packing into ramshackle bars and independent shops in and around the rough triangle made up by Old Street, […]


Often associated with alternative culture, Camden Town is most known for its bustling markets, however the music venues, bars and pubs are all popular destinations for visitors to the capital and Londoners from across the city. Although typecast as attracting bohemians, young professionals, including city workers and, not surprisingly, art and creative types, are a […]

Canary Wharf

A little over 30 years has seen Canary Wharf transformed from an industrial east London wasteland left to rot after the closure of the docks, to one of the world’s leading financial centres, home to the European operations of many top banks and other business institutions. This hub of glass-and-metal towers rose five miles east […]

Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington is north London’s village. With no tube station, it feels out of the way and quiet. It’s not the coolest area of London any more, but it could be one of the nicest. In this peaceful part of the capital there’s a band of indie shops. Great bars line the road down to […]


Once an inner-city suburb struggling with social decline, Islington has been transformed into one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods. With its prime location, unrivalled restaurant scene and gorgeous Victorian townhouses, it’s easy to see why. Bordered by Highbury to the north and Hoxton to the east, with the coveted area of Angel at its heart, […]