We all know and love Shoreditch, London’s epicentre for the creative and cultured (and if you’re keen on knowing more about it, check out this piece!). But this time, let’s shine a spotlight on Hoxton. The best way to describe Hoxton is that it is Shoreditch’s little sister; it’s located right next door and is a bit more calm and subdued but with just as much potential bubbling away at the surface. These days it seems that Hoxton keeps growing more and more each day as new and trendy hang out spots multiply throughout the area. Here, we’ll be showcasing some spots we think would be great to check out, whether you’ll be looking for a chill weekend ahead or a more exciting night out with your friends.
Have a quick cuppa
Coffee is never a bad idea, and Hoxton definitely has no shortages of café’s that serve top class coffee with a generous serving of good vibes on the side. If you’re looking for someplace warm and cosy then check out the local Hoxton Cabin, their coffees are lush and their desserts are too die for (especially the red velvet cake!). But if you’re looking for something a bit more interesting then definitely visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Established as one of London’s first cat café’s, it’s the perfect spot to unwind with a warm cuppa while surrounded by adorable furry friends.
Get in touch with nature
We all need a break from big city life every once in a while, especially if you live in a place like London. The good news is that Hoxton has an excellent collection of parks and gardens where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy hanging out with mother nature. One of the best parks to do just that is Hoxton Square, laid out in 1683 and is one of the oldest public garden squares in London. Another great option is the garden at the Museum of the Home, formerly known as Geffrey Museum, where the flowers actually show us a timeline of how city gardens have evolved over the years.
After exploring the area, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Hoxton is a great area for gourmands and food connoisseurs of all breeds. If you’re a fan of Vietnamese food, or feel like trying something new, the Kingsland road has a whole row of fantastic Vietnamese restaurants like BunBunBun, Hanoi Café, and Sông Quê Café. For something casual but still feels like a treat then the Italian restaurant Via Emilia is a great option. And once the summer finally swoops back in, why not enjoy an outdoorsy lunch at Curious Yellow Kafé with their wide variety of British and Scandinavian options.
Peek at some art
East London is known and loved for its art and culture scene, and Hoxton is no exception to that. One of the hottest spots for this is the well-established Hoxton Gallery, where artists like Chris Floyd and Pat Pope have shown their work. Hoxton 253 is another gallery run by the artists Zsuzsa and Mirko with more of a focus on up and coming and mid-career experimental artists. But if you don’t feel like confining your art experiences within four walls then why not go on a self guided street art tour around the neighbourhood to have your own unique experience.
Happy hour hot spots
Now that you’ve finally seen all you can see around Hoxton, it’s time to quench your thirst with some nice drinks. Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is a spot where you can dig into some excellent barbeque dishes while sipping on grade A cocktails. If you’re looking for a truly different experience then check out Happiness Forgets, a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy where you can get top notch drinks mixed by some of the best mixologists. But if fancy cocktails aren’t your thing and you want a more casual vibe, Howl At The Moon will be the place for you; it’s as warm and comforting as the best neighbourhood pub.
Maybe you don’t want the day to end so early; Hoxton has a selection of clubs and bars that’ll be your favourite spots for dancing the night away. One of the best venues for this will be Cargo, a multi-purpose space and hotspot for the young crowd where some of the best house, techno, and electro DJs have had a shot at playing. Queen of Hoxton is also an excellent spot to spend your night. Filled with design installations, neon lit décor, and a killer sound system, this is a venue where you can expect to create some wild memories.
Time for a snooze
After a wild day out you’ll probably want somewhere warm and cozy to catch some Z’s. Luckily for you, you won’t have to look very far. If you’re after a lush and lux experience, the famous The Hoxton would be the perfect choice for you. But if you’re after something a bit more on the casual side then check out White’s Row Resident where they have a complete set up that’ll make you feel right at home.
Hoxton is definitely going to be on everybody’s radar very soon. It’s an area that has a wide array of hang out spots where you can spend a great weekend with friends and family. The places we’ve mentioned in this piece are just the tip of the iceberg, there’s loads of places we couldn’t cram in but that just leaves you more room to go out there and explore! Have fun, create memories, and squeeze out as much good vibes as you can!