A City of contrasts
Alongside New York and Berlin, London is one of the hottest spots on earth for hipsters, with more artisan cafés, craft beer breweries and gourmet street-food trucks than you can twirl a moustache at. The hipster scene really began in East London’s Shoreditch, not far from the centre of the city, but as prices have risen trendy folk have been forced to pack up their fixie bikes and move outwards into the Zone 2 borough of Hackney, which includes areas such as Stoke Newington, Dalston and Clapton, while Peckham has emerged in recent years as the place to be seen doing cool things south of the river. However, if you’d rather not venture too far from the centre of town, there’s definitely still a distinctly too-cool-for-school vibe to Shoreditch itself. For instance, the Queen of Hoxton is pretty much the de facto East London hipster joint, while the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town nearby (the name alone gives away its beardy credentials) is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar that can only be accessed through a fridge-shaped door in the Breakfast Club café upstairs.