Coolest Neighborhoods in London?

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    Apr 27, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    Guys, please give me some good ideas for the fun neighborhoods in London.

    My partner and I are arriving Tuesday for a 10 day stay. We love finding great neighborhoods where the locals love to live.

    Gay? Artsy? Odd? We're open to exploring.
  • tazzari

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    Apr 27, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    Covent Garden area - I always rent a flat there - all sorts of stuff going on all around.

    One really fun thing to do is decide where you want to go, and walk there: take back streets, etc., and generally get "lost" - you'll find all sorts of interesting things.

    Walk down Fleet St and find the Cheshire Cheese pub - up an alley and not easy to locate, but one of London's oldest and best.
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    Apr 27, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    For art galleries: Hoxton Square and vicinity and Vyner Street in east London, Eastcastle Street in central London.


  • hunkiest

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    Apr 27, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    Notting Hill is cool and chic and the market is nice to browse and people watch!

    Enjoy.
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    Apr 27, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    The area on the South Bank of the Thames is great, with a broad concourse along the river.

    Greenwich is part of London ... great little village, and you can walk up to the observatory and straddle the Prime Meridian, one foot in the Eastern Hemisphere and one in the West. Makes for a good photo op.

    There are riverboat cruises that you can take from near the Parliament to Greenwich... which is also great for seeing some of the sights/neighbourhoods along the Thames. You might see areas that will pique your interest.
  • tommyboi

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    Apr 27, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    If your looking for the gay district, that would be Old Compton Street. Usually lot of shops, bars, restaurants etc. If you are in the mood for a gay club, Vauxhall is good, had plenty of different types of clubs, from dance to fetish clubs.

    There are plenty of other places in London to go, it all depends what your looking for.
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    Apr 27, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    Mayfair and Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Hyde Park are my favorite areas of London.
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    Apr 27, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    tommyboi saidIf your looking for the gay district, that would be Old Compton Street. Usually lot of shops, bars, restaurants etc. If you are in the mood for a gay club, Vauxhall is good, had plenty of different types of clubs, from dance to fetish clubs.

    There are plenty of other places in London to go, it all depends what your looking for.


    Thanks Everyone.

    To be more specific, we love the more Bohemian(counter cultural) rather than the trendy.

    I like an area with more experimental restaurants and an starving artists crowd pubs/coffeehouses. We're more than okay with some grunge.
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    Apr 28, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    Time4Work saidTo be more specific, we love the more Bohemian(counter cultural) rather than the trendy.

    I like an area with more experimental restaurants and an starving artists crowd pubs/coffeehouses. We're more than okay with some grunge.



    Then you won't be disappointed with east London - Shoreditch, Hackney, Hoxton, Spitalfields, Whitechapel.


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    Apr 28, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    I always stay in Kensington or Earls Court when I'm there. It's outside of the center of London, but only a short ride on the Circle or District Line to get anywhere. Kensington is an upscale neighbourhood. Plenty of restaurants, shops and pubs. A smaller gay scene in Earls Court than Soho, but open and friendly.
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    Apr 28, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    Follow Monochrome. If you're after bohemia, start with Brick Lane (go to the Sunday Up Market and the good bagel shop at the top of the road), Whitechapel, Spitalfields, and work north east through Hoxton to Vyner St and the Hackney art ghetto.

    If you're foodie, you may enjoy Borough Market, and if you're a caffeine nut, do not miss Monmouth Coffee there. Wilton's Music Hall is worth a visit, Aldgate East, if you're into a bit of crumbling 19th century plasterwork in your beer.

    ENJOY!

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    Apr 28, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidMayfair and Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Hyde Park are my favorite areas of London.


    Same here. I cannot say any of them are 'gay, artsy or odd', but they are definitely worth seeing. London is a great walking city, so get your walking shoes on and go. Instead of walking along trashy and overcrowded Oxford Street, walk along Park Lane, into Grosvenor Square (home of the US Embassy) and walk east through Mayfair, which is generally quiet (especially at the weekend) but full of great architecture and garden squares.

    The City of London (i.e. the ancient square mile) of the city is worth exploring. The weekend is the best time to get around there, as the population drops from 300,000, to just 8000. There are many high rise buildings there, so it is not always easy to orientate yourself, but it is full of Wren churches and other historic buildings in the back streets.

    I would also highly recommend walking the Thames Path from Albert Bridge in Chelsea to Tower Bridge. It is a 6 mile walk, but you are barely conscious of the distance, as you will see central London’s most famous sights along the way.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    misterwood saidFollow Monochrome. If you're after bohemia, start with Brick Lane (go to the Sunday Up Market and the good bagel shop at the top of the road), Whitechapel, Spitalfields, and work north east through Hoxton to Vyner St and the Hackney art ghetto.

    If you're foodie, you may enjoy Borough Market, and if you're a caffeine nut, do not miss Monmouth Coffee there. Wilton's Music Hall is worth a visit, Aldgate East, if you're into a bit of crumbling 19th century plasterwork in your beer.

    ENJOY!



    Yeah, Borough Market looks amazing and I'll be trying Monmouth Coffee for a buzz.

    Brick Lane sounds fun with all the curry callers.

    You guys have been great.