London is made up of a lot of different and distinct districts and areas, each with its own character, rhythm, and style. With its fantastic architecture, world-class museums, historical sites, shopping experiences, green parks, and nightlife, there are so many things to do in London, and there is a reason to discover its every corner.
Here are eight of the most interesting neighborhoods in London, under no particular order. Next time you’re in the city, store your luggage with Stasher and start exploring!
Camden is one of London’s hottest spots for live music. From Pink Floyd and the Doors to Blur and Amy Winehouse, all world-famous artists have made their appearance in many of the bars and music venues, like the Roundhouse and The Jazz Cafe. It is also well known for its markets, selling all types of things, including food, clothing, books, antiques. In close distance to the center with its crowded cafes, traditional pubs and bars are the Regent’s Park and the ZSL London Zoo.
Soho is situated in the heart of London’s West End. Formerly a district for the aristocracy and since the 19th century, it remains one of the leading entertainment districts in the capital. Its vigorous, never-quite streets include a varied mix of dining, nightlife, and shopping. If you are a friend of the arts, you can’t miss a visit to Soho’s theatres showcasing blockbuster plays and musicals, and the Photographer’s Gallery, which opened its doors in 1971, featuring works from local and international photographers.
This neighborhood located in West London is home to three of the best museums in the capital: The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Beautiful green gardens and parks, like the Hyde Park, and luxurious white mansions with victorian architecture mix together making elegance the central theme of Kensington. Within its abundance of mews streets, flanked with stores for shoppers, you can also find Kensington Palace, which has served as a royal residence since the 17th century.
Brixton is a busy, multicultural district in South London with a relaxed and diverse vibe. The Brixton Market offers street food, vintage items, as well as clothing, and agricultural products that express the Afro-Caribbean roots of the area. Here you can find the Brixton Academy, one of London’s premier music venues, which, despite its conversion in the 70s, still has a lot of the original neo-Renaissance details. Brixton also has a pulsating nightlife with a variety of places to visit: from cocktail bars and old-school boozers to more modern pubs and nightclubs, like the Dogstar and the Coldharbour Lane.
Covent Garden is located in London’s West End, the district that contains the most theatres and entertainment venues in all of the city. It is a must-see destination for anyone who enjoys shopping, theatre, bars, history, architecture, and culture. In the central square, always crowded with tourists and street- artists, one can find boutique shops, the Royal Opera House, which itself may be referred to as ‘Covent Garden’ and the 17th-century church of St Paul’s, commonly known as the Actor’s Church. Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in London with food from all the corners of the world.
Shoreditch, located in East London next to Hoxton’s equally trendy neighborhood, is an artistic district, home to some of the best exhibitions and galleries the city has to offer. Contemporary artists, new creators, and trendsetters are flooding the bars and clubs around the streets of Shoreditch High Street, Green Eastern Street, and Old Street. At the same time, the area also has a wide variety of dining options, from modern restaurants to neat pubs with creative handmade products and world-class drinks menus.
Notting Hill is one of the most iconic and fashionable neighborhoods in London, home of Europe’s biggest carnival and home of the Portobello Road Market with its bohème atmosphere, famous for its antiques shops and stores with vintage clothing. In Westbourne Grove, one can find luxurious restaurants with Michelin stars, independent cafes, and chic boutiques. At the same time, the Electric Cinema, one of London’s oldest picture houses, retains its vintage charm even after 100 years.
Mayfair is an affluent area in the West End of London, with elegant Georgian style mansions, luxurious 5-star hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Some of the world-famous stores can be found here, including Savile Row’s atelier and Bond Street fashion designer’s studios. Equally famous is the Shepherd Market, a complex of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. In Cork Street, one can find innovative contemporary art galleries, while at night there is a variety of places to choose from, including wine bars and posh clubs.