Pick up a newspaper or look on the internet and you will pick up on plenty of doom and gloom surrounding the economy, both in the UK and further afield. This is particularly the case since the historic Brexit vote; for the past 12 months, we have been reliably informed that investment will plummet and major companies will be leaving the UK as a deserted wasteland.
Well, it seems that nobody in London received that memo. Wherever you look, you see construction – cranes dominate the skyline and many of the traditionally run down areas are being transformed into vibrant and desirable neighbourhoods. In other words, the city is receiving as much investment as ever – perhaps more so.
Here, we have selected four of the most up and coming districts in London for work, rest and play.
Unless you have spent the past five years living on the moon, you will be well aware that Shoreditch is one of the coolest places to set up home in the city. What you might not realise is that a beard and sandals are not prerequisites to fitting in. Sure, it is the birthplace of the hipster phenomenon, but there is far, far more to this vibrant neighbourhood.
There are plenty of trendy clubs, pop up bars and coffee shops frequented by art types if that’s your thing, but the beauty of the area is that there really is something to cater to every taste, from traditional back street pubs for a well-earned pint of ale and a game of darts, to exclusive fine dining establishments.
20 years ago, Finsbury Park was a place to avoid, with a strong reputation for unemployment and poverty. Yet over the past decade or so, it has transformed into one of the most desirable districts in North London. Property is predominantly of the traditional Victorian terraced style, but the local landscape is interspersed with new developments, too.
Growing popularity has led to a burgeoning club scene, and there is no shortage of nightlife on offer. The park itself holds events that attract some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Bob Dylan and Van Morrison in the past twelve months alone.
This is another area that has changed beyond recognition over recent years. Its most famous recent addition is The Shard, but for those who live there, the regeneration around Borough Market is the move that has made all the difference.
The trend here is towards beautifully renovated loft style apartments, with views overlooking the Thames, and they are being snapped up quicker than you can look at them.
There is no shortage of high end restaurants, and if you’re looking for a little culture, the Tate Modern is a short walk away, too.
Camden is deservedly known as one of the most fashionable districts in London. Famed for its cultural diversity, unforgettable street food and fantastic live music venues, the only thing that used to go against it was a reputation for being a little rough around the edges.
Not anymore. The jewel in North London’s crown is another area that has attracted the investors and now adds cutting-edge living spaces to the mix, providing residents with their your own luxurious oasis of calm just moments away from the hustle and bustle of Camden’s famous market.