This alternative area has one of the best music scenes in London, even inspiring the famous song ‘Electric Avenue’, named after the bustling street in the neighbourhood’s centre. Visitors can check out Brixton Jamm, a renowned venue that has hosted the likes of Hot Chip and MGMT over the years. As for food and drink, the central market has recently been rejuvenated and now has many restaurants and cafes and bars - a real hipster hot-spot. In fact, this neighbourhood is so alternative, it has even eschewed mainstream money, and in 2009 launched it’s own Brixton currency (so you can now pay for your Flat White with three, crisp, ‘B£1’ notes!)
Once described as ‘desolate and rough’ by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Shoreditch is now one of London’s hipster epicentres. Over the last decade, it has completely transformed into a thriving hub for creative industries. The area around Brick Lane buzzes with food markets, eccentric shops and colourful street art that adorns most walls. Just off this main street, you can find Rough Trade, a famous music emporium housed in an old brewery that hosts in-store gigs and parties.
Camden’s cool-status has managed to withstand the test of time. It has a famous musical history, as the epicentre for Brit-pop during the 1990s and of course, it was the home of late Amy Winehouse. The music scene still thrives today with numerous record stores and venues in the are. The area is also home to a bustling food market (where you can find the famous ‘Nora and Nama’ vegan bakery) and abundant tattoo parlours - there are 8 of these along Camden High Street alone!