Whilst many parts of London ooze an artistic charm, not many are as edgy as the area of Hoxton. A great hub for creatives, Hoxton has become one of the go to areas of London for night life revellers and culture connoisseurs alike due to its close proximity to the central areas like Shoreditch, yet being far out enough to easily reach the more residential areas. Hoxton is in East London and is just down the road from areas such as Dalston with a border on Regent’s Canal. Not only will hotel guests in the area find Hotel Deals in London, but a wealth of opportunities to take advantage of in the North East London area.
Upper Street leads straight to Highbury and Islington Station and is a North London hub for the arts and restaurants. Overlooking the scenic St Mary’s Church Gardens is the Little Angel Theatre. This family puppet theatre is known for its professional and quirky puppet adaptations of such stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and the hilarious Much Ado About Puffin. If Puppetry isn’t your thing then the nearby Almeida Theatre has a more varied rostra of performance, ranging from the classics like Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott of Sherlock fame and Martin Crimps The Treatment. If that’s not enough culture to wet your whistle, then the Islington Union Chapel is just up the road, hosting music performers from across the globe in its atmospheric church space.
St Mary’s Secret Garden
Based in the nearby Haggerston, St Mary’s Secret Garden offers respite from the busyness of the city, with wellbeing and fitness classes, gardening and eco-friendly education. Here visitors can find relaxation in the cultivated plant life of the garden and even help to grow them. The programmes available are dedicated to relieving social pressures and health problems through a relaxed environment, making this charitable organisation one that can benefit all people. As summer begins to rear its head, this garden is a great place to embrace the London sunshine.
Wesley’s Chapel House
Located near Old Street, Wesley’s Chapel House is a Methodist Church and visitors centre which was built by the founder of the Methodist movement in 1778. John Wesley, the aforementioned Methodist Founder has a crypt and house located on site, all with architecture from the 18th century architect George Dance. The chapel is built in the Georgian architectural style and despite its old age, still brings in around 440 attendees to the Churches Sunday service every week. Despite the Christian focus, this site gives all faiths, if any, a great insight into the religious movements of Georgian London and an exploration of that period of history.
Dennis Severs House
This unique art installation is based in the Spitalfields area of East London on Folgate Street and seeks to create what creator Dennis Severs calls, a “still life drama”. The house was renovated from its former dilapidated state and each room was given a different period of interior design, mostly between the 17th and 19th century. The house’s room story follows the Jervis family and includes half eaten pieces of bread, sound design to create the impression that somebody has just left the room, also telling the story of the fictional inhabitants throughout the centuries. This time capsule-like depiction of still life was described by the artist David Hockney as one of the world’s greatest works of Opera, further praising its potency in showing life in a visually striking manner.
The Barbican Centre is located in the East of London and is one of the best hubs for international art in all its mediums. This includes an in house cinema, theatre auditoriums for dramatic and musical performances as well as gallery spaces and installations throughout the classic brutalist architecture of the building itself.