If you were to ask Londoners what they think the ‘coolest’ spot in town is, you would get an array of different options.
Trendy spots like Shoreditch, Notting Hill or Camden may instantly spring to mind, but it was actually one rather unsuspecting neighbourhood that took the crown and has been named one of the best in the world.
In a survey by TimeOut, they revealed the top 49 neighbourhoods worldwide and while Shoreditch would have been a close guess, another part of East London came out on top – Dalston.
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That’s right, Dalston. The neighbourhood has changed drastically in the last 20 years and came in at number 13 in the whole world and beat spots like Surrey Hills in Sydney and Dublin 8 in Dublin.
An influx of trendy cafes, revamping old venues and the famous Ridley Road Market are all things that make Dalston a ‘cool’ place to live.
It is served by two Overground stations, Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland, and even though there is no Tube station, getting there is still relatively smooth.
As you walk out, you’ll enter Kingsland High Road.
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There you’ll see pubs, vintage clothes shops, an array of restaurants and a market to get your food, like Turkish restaurant Mangal 2.
If that isn’t your taste, you’ll have options from Nigerian to Brazilian restaurants to try as well as a number of vegan-friendly establishments.
If you’re going for entertainment, it’s got you covered. You have the Rio cinema, which has a history going back 100 years.
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Dalston also has a vibrant party scene with plenty of music, flowing drinks and people having a great time (we could simply be describing Dalston Superstore – if you know, you know).
From cocktail bar The Cauldron to Ridley Road Market Bar, Dalston has you covered.
If you’re looking for a chilled day out there’s also plenty to do.
A walk around the Eastern Curve Gardens is definitely worth a visit.
A green area on an old railway line that was introduced in 2010, you’ll see a host of plants and herbs to escape from the concrete buildings around.
London Fields is also a short walk away which is a huge open park, perfect for a long walk and a coffee.
So the next time someone tries to mock London for it’s lack of beaches and sun, let them know that it’s home to one of the ‘coolest neighbourhoods’ in the world.