Dalston & De Beauvoir
Once described by Italian Vogue as 'the coolest place in the UK', Dalston's vibrant nightlife and cross-cultural mix is enduringly magnetic.
The area is home to scores of creative industries and cultural organisations, from architects and web designers, to theatres and music studios.
At its centre is Ridley Road Market. First opened in the 1880s, today it does a bustling and colourful trade in foods, textiles and tempting goods from across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Visitors come from far and wide to get a slice of the area's culture: there's an award-winning theatre, two jazz clubs, the buzzing open space of Gillett Square, and a host of pop-up shops, installations and galleries.
Dalston is also home to some of the capital's most exciting bars and nightclubs, with the area coming alive when the sun goes down. Visitors can't help but be tempted by the amazing aromas from the Vietnamese, Turkish and Caribbean restaurants that line Kingsland Road.
Neighbouring De Beauvoir, on the other hand, is altogether more sedate. Handsome Georgian and Victorian homes and leafy streets frame laidback pubs. While Southgate Road is home to an alluring row of restaurants and shops.