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Five hipster hangouts in London

Published September 3rd, 2012

If the rise of Alexa Chung has taught us anything, it’s that London is the home of the hippest of the hipsters. But where are the city’s hottest hipsters hanging out? Let’s stop this crazy alliteration and find out:

 

London Fields, Hackney

When the sun is shining in London the hipsters come out to play in London Fields, a popular park in the hip neighbourhood of Hackney. You’ll see them heading there on their fixes from Broadway Market, setting up picnics and instragam-ing their outfits. All in all though, the London cool kids flock to the park because it’s simply stunning, with magnificent trees, barbeque areas and even a swimming pool.

 


Rough Trade at Brick Lane

Rough Trade at Brick Lane

Rough Trade, Brick Lane

If rare vinyl and the latest EPs are your thing, then record store Rough Trade is your scene. Hidden away between cafes and boutiques just off Brick Lane, the record store is a hotspot within East London’s music scene, hosting regular in-store gigs and music film screenings. Even if you’re not up to date with the latest Hot Chip track, Rough Trade is still a great place to visit with a great collection of rare and arty books, coffee shop, free wi-fi and of course – a black and white photobooth.

 

Rellik, Kensington 

Looking to embrace East London style in all its grungy denim glory? Skip the predictable Urban Outfitters and head to vintage store Rellik in Kensington. At times the store can be a tad on the expensive side, that is until you find that bargain Vivienne Westwood piece and Rellik becomes the best thing since camembert cheese. The only intimidating twist is, in order to enter Rellik you need to ring a doorbell. But considering this is one of Kate Mosses favourite stores, it’s understandable.

 

The Nest, Dalston

I play synth! We all play synth! But no one plays synth better than the kids at The Nest, a synth heavy disco in Dalston. The boutique venue puts on a good show every night hosting an eclectic mix of French DJs, international electronic acts and local up and comers. Magazine launches and music industry parties are also a common occurrence at The Nest, while a party photographer documents the debauchery with super saturated imagery every night.

 

Breakfast Club, Hoxton Square

After a big night out in Dalston, the only place to nurse your hangover is at the Breakfast Club in Hoxton Square. Serving breakfast and only breakfast all day long, the menu is extensive, with everything from the full monty including sausage, bacon, hash browns and all the other classic breakfast hits, to the more eclectic options including breakfast burritos, chorizo hash browns and apple and cinnamon French toast. Following your feed, head to the bathroom for a dance in the world’s smallest disco.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.