It’s true what they say, London is a city of villages. Each specific area has its own character and appeal, drawing an array of people for the personalised charm the neighbourhood encapsulates. For instance, Camden draws in visitors due to its great night life and market scene whilst Soho brings in theatre goers and a buzzing burlesque and gay scene. The problem is that London is so big and its list of boroughs so expansive (32 to be exact) that even if you’ve lived here all your life, you’ll still not have visited everywhere. That goes for guests as well; if you’re staying at the Montcalm at the Brewery London City you may find yourself hanging out mainly in the Shoreditch area due to the fact that that is the closest popular area. The fact of the matter is that if you give yourself time to explore further, you could stumble across some hidden gems.
Based in the South of London, Southend is located in the Lewishma boroughs of London. With great transport links to Sydenham and Beckenham, the historical background to Southend sees it being a village before the First World War in the borough of Kent. In the 20th century it began to be developed into a quaint greater London suburb with traditional pubs and a calm atmosphere.
Hopping between the borough of Lambeth and Southwark, Dulwich is an area of South East London which is very close to Nunhead and Peckham. The area dates back to 900 AD and is home to many great restaurants, especially Indian and is also home to many very popular pubs including the Seven Stars and The Lamb. The buzzing nightlife is partly thanks to the young population who live there.
Based in North London, Muswell Hill borders Hampstead Heath as well as Highgate Cemetery. With an extensive history behind it, Muswell Hill is a great area for restaurants and local pubs as well as promising a variety of different green areas for picnics, walking and a general enjoyment of the sun.
Richmond is an area of West London full of expensive houses and vast natural woodland, being one of the most affluent areas of London. The amazing Richmond Park is well worth a visit as one of the Royal Parks of London, dating back to the reign of Charles I in the 17th century. The par is made up of 856 hectares of natural woodland as well as a botanical garden named the Isabella Plantation. One of the main draws to Richmond and its outdoorsy lifestyle is the parks abundance of wild deer, quite a sight to behold in the middle of a city.
Chiswick is an area of West London which has a Thames Bank side community which is often overlooked in favour of the more central South Bank. Chiswick however, boasts a wide range of river side woodland, amazing pubs and an historic area of the city in which one can find beautiful houses and parks dating back to the 17th century. Chiswick House is one notable feature, based in one of the first examples of the English trend of landscape gardens.
Based in north East London in the Borough of Hackney, Stoke Newington is very close to Dalston and the Stamford Hill area. Stoke Newington offers a wide range of amazing restaurants, bars and more than a few live music venues whilst day roamers may be akin to a trip through the beautiful Abney Park Cemetery which dates back to the early 18th century.