Each area of the capital has such a distinct character that the city could almost be described as a place of many mini-cities.
Similarly, every Londoner has their own quirky and beloved spots, which might not seem particularly special or even appealing to anyone else.
And they have taken to Reddit to argue passionately for their personal secret London gems, after the discussion topic ‘Name a part of London that’s generally considered “sh***y” but that you personally love (and why you love it)’ was posed.
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One user proposed Surrey Quays, writing: “Surrey Quays (specifically shopping centre).
“What on earth possess’ someone to place an 80s, out of (small) town, shopping centre in zone 2 London? Who on earth would go? Why would you possibly choose the margarine version of Westfield’s butter?
“Because sometimes I feel like wearing my shellsuit, parking up in my xr3i and reminiscing about my youth.”
Someone else seemed to agree: “I lived in Surrey Quays between 1997 to 2004. Attracted by a cheap flat in a building complex with river views and its own swimming pool and gym.
“Ended buying a flat nearby and sold for more than double five years later.
“Used to be avid cinema-goers so the multiplex nearby was a bonus, as was the shopping centre. Then we had kids and realised how soulless the place was during the day and moved out to Kingston. I have fond memories of Surrey Quays though.”
Another user had a different idea, posting: “I don’t know if Rotherhithe is still considered as sh***y as it used to be, but I find it quite nice.
“Anywhere by the river in East London is actually decent to walk along.”
Yet more chimed in, with one writing: “I dunno, Wood Green high road and the mall are a bit sh*t now and it’s definitely gotten rougher over the years but I still kinda love it.
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“I feel like growing up near there desensitised me to it because a lot of people I know are surprised that I’d feel comfortable walking around there but it’s not that bad!
“Definitely agree it’s the place to go for good Turkish restaurants though, and a proper melting pot of different cultures! I miss it now I’m not so nearby.”
And another brought up a new area, arguing: “East Ham.
“It has a bad rep for being close to Manor Park and Ilford, but it’s full of some of the most affordable and pretty houses in London (mostly Victorian terraces) close to the high street and stations, amazing parks all over Newham, a good high street, amazing transport (buses, two underground lines, overground and TfL rail soon to become the Lizzy line), quiet at night, Wanstead flats and city of London cemetery and historically low crime.
“I brought my non-native-Londoner partner and he couldn’t believe how great it was for what it costs to live there given the rep it has.”
One more got involved, posting: “I don’t think anyone is thinking of King’s Cross or Hackney as that sh***y.
“I’ll tell you somewhere that is actually considered sh***y and I love – Edmonton.
“It’s pretty rough, but I’ve lived here forever and there’s a f**k tonne of nice people too, lovely parks, and a pretty good community spirit of people who like it too.”
But yet another had their own idea, stating: “Manor House & Turnpike Lane. They’re basically two sh***y crossroads between a few nicer (and questionable!) areas at either end of the Harringay Ladder.
“There have been a few murders of the knife and gun variety around there – but I always quite liked the edginess and never personally felt unsafe.
“Cheap to rent there as you save money to move somewhere else, and easy to get to. Lots of stuff going on, big supermarkets and out of town size shops if you need them, as well as all the glory of Green Lanes too – whilst being very commutable.
“Not for everyone but was perfect for me in my late 20s/30s.
“You’re on the Piccadilly Line which is great for Heathrow at one end and Cockfosters (for Trent Park) at the other.”
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The comments flooded in and we could go on and on, but here is a final post from a Reddit user making their case for Kilburn: “I lived in Kilburn for years and have always said Kilburn High Road (start at the overground, end at the jubilee) is the most underrated night out in London. Loads of pubs, late-ish bars, a market, independent shops, cafes, etc.
“I only left recently and was very sad to go!”
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