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Areas to hang out/walk

Hello, I will be visiting London for a few days in mid-May. While I have a lot of things planned, I sometimes like to just relax and walk around taking in a city. What are some cute/hip/pretty neighborhoods or streets to hang out in? Bonus if there's good food, vintage shops, bookstores, coffee.


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1. Re: Areas to hang out/walk

Camden. Probably one of London's coolest and hip neighbourhoods. A bit Haight-Ashbury with a bit of Greenwich Village thrown in (in a sort of Yank perspective) and a place to buy almost everything and anything from jewellery to posters and LP's to paintings.

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Bloomsbury. Good bookshop in Judd St


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OR for "very" central, Covent Garden and maybe the Southbank...

But they are touristy.

The other options given so far are good, Richmond is another good spot, maybe Dulwich or Blackheath?

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4. Re: Areas to hang out/walk

Lots of choice in this town. Hope you're prepared.

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5. Re: Areas to hang out/walk

Pick an area (Bloomsbury, perhaps) and go on a bookshop walk: londonist.com/2013/12/mapped-londons-indepen…


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I like walking in the City, especially around Spitalfields Market and the Sunday Up Market.


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8. Re: Areas to hang out/walk

Oddly enough, your criteria is met in Balham.

There's actually one shop there that is a coffee shop, a vintage sales shop and a bookshop, all in one, Lavish Habit. Dotted around are many more of the same, plus pubs packed to the rafters with hipsters, 'creatives' and meedja types.

There's even a new shop just opened and I defy anyone looking in the window to work out what it actually sells, or does. it's either a vintage and curio decorators shop (ancient giant birdcages and glass topped sewing tables, orrrrrr...possibly...a clothes shop? There does seem to be a couple of dressmakers dummies at the back wearing (old?) dresses. Who knows. I couldn't even tell what it was called, so have now named it 'The House Of Useless Faffery'. I think this means the area is now officially 'hip'.

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I also like Spitalfields and neighbouring Upmarket on a Sunday, great market atmosphere, lots of independent and trendy little shops, large selection of vintage clothes and furniture, hip cafes. Nude Expresso is in the area.

If that's not enough, you can also wander over to Columbia Road for the Sunday flower market. The street itself is lined with dozens of lovely little boutiques not found elsewhere in London. The nearby Redchurch Street area is also great to wander around, again lots of good coffee places and great for watching London's young and design-y people (and the hipsters of course).

Only downside is no memorable bookshops that I can think of... there are a few second-hand stalls and shops I'm sure but I don't remember!

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10. Re: Areas to hang out/walk

Stoke Newington High Street and Church Street.

Islington Angel and Islington Green.