Unlikely London village named one of the coolest in the world, beating places in Sydney and LA

If you were to ask Londoners what they think the ‘coolest’ place in town is, you would get a number of different options.

Trendy places like Shoreditch, Notting Hill or Camden can instantly come to mind, but it was actually a rather unsuspecting neighborhood that took the crown and has been voted one of the best in the world.

In a survey conducted by TimeOut, they revealed the 49 best neighborhoods worldwide, and although Shoreditch would have been a close guess, another part of East London came out – Dalston.

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That’s right, Dalston. The neighborhood has changed drastically in the last 20 years and came in at number 13 worldwide, beating places like Surrey Hills in Sydney and Dublin 8 in Dublin.

An influx of trendy cafes, renovation of old venues and the famous Ridley Road Market are all things that make Dalston a ‘cool’ place to live.

It is served by two Overground stations, Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland, and although there is no tube station, it is still relatively easy to get there.

As you exit, you enter Kingsland High Road.

Ridley Road Market has been in the heart of Dalston since the late 1880s

There you will see pubs, vintage clothing stores, a number of restaurants and a market to get your food, such as Turkish restaurant Mangal 2.

If that’s not your taste, you have options from Nigerian to Brazilian restaurants, as well as a number of vegan-friendly establishments.

If you go for entertainment, it has covered you. You have the Rio Cinema, which has a history that goes back 100 years.

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Dalston also has a lively party scene with lots of music, liquid drinks and people having fun (we could simply describe the Dalston Superstore – if you know, you know).

From The Cauldron cocktail bar to the Ridley Road Market Bar, Dalston has you covered.

If you are looking for a cool day out, there is also plenty to do.

A walk around the Eastern Curve Gardens is definitely worth a visit.

A green area on an old railway line, introduced in 2010, you will see a wealth of plants and herbs to escape from the concrete buildings around.

London Fields is also a short walk away, as is a huge open park, perfect for a long walk and a cup of coffee.

So next time someone tries to mock London due to lack of beaches and sun, let them know that it is home to one of the ‘coolest neighborhoods’ in the world.


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