London neighborhoods of interest

Old May 3rd, 2006, 08:05 PM
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London neighborhoods of interest

Have seen almost all London great sights and museums. Want to check out some interesting neighborhoods. Appreciate your help to name a few, what's interesting about them, and closest tube station. Be in London for 5 days in late June.
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What's your definition of "interesting". Given London's position in world history, virtually every street, let alone neighbourhood, would have something "interesting".

Limiting yourself to places with Tube stations would mean missing out on a large part of London - especially south of the Thames
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Well, if you have not been before and are interested in the law, there is Holborn

If you want something more villagy, you could try Barnes. It isn't on the tube, but there are regular commuter trains.
It has a high street still with small shops and a nice common.
You can walk along the Thames Path or visit the London Wetland Centre
It's fun to watch water birds doing their thing with jumbo jets flying over towards Heath Row.
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Yeah, like alanRow writes, give us some idea of what you're most interested in.

Personally I enjoy Brick Lane (nearest underground: Liverpool Street Station). I'd recommend going on a Sunday morning as you have three markets in the area. Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses as well as some trendy shops.

A 10-15 minute walk from Brick Lane brings you to Hoxton Square in Shoreditch (closer to Old Street tube station). There are a number of great pubs, bars, etc in the vicinity.

A great little walk is to start off from Liverpool Street tube station, head off to Spitalfields market. From there walk to Brick Lane. Stop off for a curry or a coffee. Head north towards Hoxton Square. Before getting to the Square stop off on Shoreditch High Street at a great little bar called Kick, whip some arse over a few games of fooze ball (table football). After a thoroughly great game head to Hoxton Square itself where you have a choice of several funky bars to finish off with a good drink.

From there you can head off to Old Street tube station (on the way pick up a bite to eat at either a kebab shop or chinese takeaway... assuming you're hungry again).

Ooh, a quick detour... if you're early enough on a Sunday morning, after Spitalfields and Brick Lane, you could head up Hackney Road and then off into Columbia Road for the Columbia Rd Flower Market (if you're struggling to find it, look out for any pedestrians carrying flowers and/or plants... ask them for directions).

If you're in the East London area on a Saturday morning head towards Broadway Market in Hackney. You'll find it between London Fields (a great little park) and Hackney City Farm (for an interesting few hours... I'd recommend this for a fun date or if you have any kids).

Broadway Market happens to be my favourite market in London. Also some of the shops along the market street make for some interesting shopping.

The only fear is that the area is becoming a little too gentrified. I suggest visiting this little-known London gem before the Starbucks of the world begin taking up residence.

Nearest tube stations: Liverpool St Station (then take bus 26 or 48, jump off at Hackney City Farm); or
Bethnal Green station (take bus 106, D6 or 254, jump off at Regent's Canal or the stop there after at the hospice... simply let the driver know where you are wanting to go... most are helpful enough to let you know when you're at the best stop).

Have fun!

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A quick after thought... Highgate Cemetary (nearest tube station - Archway).

Well worth a visit. Off the beaten track and includes some famous graves (eg. Faraday, Karl Marx, George Eliot, and Sir Ralph Richardson as well as the graves of Dickens' estranged wife and child).

Parts of the West Cemetery inspired Bram Stoker.

There are parts that are open to the public (East Cemetery) and parts only accessible if you're part of a tour group (West Cemetery).

Have a look at for more on the tour times and admission rates.

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