Often mentioned in the same breath as Shoreditch, Hoxton has seen rapid change, rocketing prices and pop-ups aplenty over the last decade. Bordered by Regents Canal and Old Street, Hoxton was long thought of as Shoreditch’s ugly stepsister but as house and rental prices reflect, it’s now one of the coolest, most eclectic areas to set up home and to sip organic coffee in. If you choose to live in this N1 postcode, your neighbours will include a mix of city slickers, techy types, old Eastenders and those cool kids that make East London such an exciting place to be.
For you history geeks, Hoxton or ‘Hogesdon’ has been around since the 11th century when it was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Fast forward a few 100 years and the changes kept coming; with green spaces absorbed by industrialisation, workhouses, lunatic asylums and Victorian slums. Hoxton was once of London’s poorest and most dangerous neighbourhoods, well not anymore! As time marched on, the Second World War saw blitz-damaged properties razed to the ground and towering estates took their place. Soon after, the art scene moved in and Hoxton became infamous for its creativity, vibrant nightlife and general edginess. Nowadays, while that air of ‘cool’ still pervades, Hoxton Market is the oldest market in Hackney while pie and mash shop F Cooke on Hoxton Street hasn’t changed its recipe since the 1600s!
Hoxton is your pick if you like boutique-living, warehouse-style apartments, well-proportioned former Local Authority owned properties and a few remaining townhouses.
Hoxton Overground Station: West End 27 minutes approximately. Stratford International 23 minutes approximately.
Walking: City 20 minutes approximately, Shoreditch 11 minutes approximately
Well-connected bus routes throughout and Santander cycle stands.
Our pick of Hoxton
No 42. Coffee Junction:Pancakes, freshly made custard tarts and rave reviews all round. This is a great little coffee or brunch spot and its set up to welcome the freelance laptop army. Tap away on your keyboard to your heart’s content!
The Eagle: Craft beers, hearty food and quirky charm; The Eagle has got it all. Located at the end of Shepherdess Walk, this pub has got a fireplace for those chilly London nights and has comfy sofas for a quiet tête-à-tête.
The Wenlock Arms: Fancy a pint of real ale and a scotch egg? Well look no further, The Wenlock Arms has got your back. With ales, stout or cider on offer, chug down your pint or wait for the froth to settle. We love this proper old-style boozer.
George and the Vulture: Known as the tallest pub in London, the George and has been a proud part of East London since 1870. It’s defied all the area’s changes to remain a fun and relaxed place to have a drink and catch up with mates.
Going Out Out
Supar Lyan: Can you say ‘Bangarang’ really quickly while you spin around? No? Neither can we. And you definitely won’t be able to once you order this Tequila and raspberry cocktail fusion. Get ready for mixed drinks, a fun crowd and a late late night.
Hoxton Square: There are so many places to go ‘out out’ in London’s oldest square, it’s too hard to pick one. So, instead head down to Hoxton Square, take a pick and we’re sure you’ll go home merry. Bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs fill every corner of this bustling square – wear heels at your peril!
Tickle Your Tastebuds
Fifteen: This is Jamie Oliver’s original Fifteen restaurant which opened its doors in 2002 and has been satisfying stomachs ever since. Delicious cocktails and a menu to suit everyone’s tastes, make an evening of it.
Sardine: : Nous aimon Sardine (ok, we’re being fancy, we just love it that much)! Southern French cuisine, sharing platters and wine to die for. What’s not to adore about this gorgeous eatery?
Monty’s Deli: Salt beef sandwich anyone? How about pastrami on rye for a lunch time treat? Described as ‘Jewish soul food, made with love’ enjoy delicious bagels, great value and traditional chicken soup at this Hoxton Street hangout.
100 Hoxton: High-end food at high street prices? Yes please. Lunch boxes for £5? Lead the way! Asian-inspired and beautifully put together. There’s always time for a 100 Hoxton meal.
Let’s Do Brunch
Pretty parasols, outdoor seating and a scrumptious Scandinavian brunch menu. Here’s a lovely little place to recover from a night’s hard drinking and dancing. The freshly baked cakes aren’t too bad either.
Summer with Monika: Designed by Argentinian architect Chino Soria, this café is a ray of sunshine on a gloomy London day. Healthy Swedish-inspired food, vinyl records and eclectic coffee choices; have some brunch, have a browse and enjoy an epic day.
Friends of Ours: Just like its name promises, this café is friendly, warm and welcoming with a huge array of breakfast and brunch dishes to get you ready for the rest of the day. Enjoy an Antipodean menu served with a smile.
The Bach: Relax, rejuvenate and revive – that’s what they want you to do in this Kiwi-themed café and that’s what we recommend. Have a bite, sip a latte or sup some wine; it’s all about chilling out and getting your brunch on.
Wild And Free
Shoreditch Park, The Regent’s Canal Towpath
Shop Till You Drop
Hoxton Market:Open on Saturday, this is Hackney’s oldest market. Stock up on fruit and veg, stuff yourself with street food and have a good old rummage through the variety of stalls. Bargain like you really mean it!
Banya No. 1: For a steam-filled spa experience, this Russian Banya is detoxifying, relaxing and hot, hot, hot! Visited by every A-lister you can imagine, get your bikini on and your bits out for a truly authentic experience.
Fierce Grace: Hot yoga, amazingly bendy instructors and a calmer, healthier you. Fierce Yoga is your Hoxton haven. So, go get your ‘cobra’ on, ‘downward dog’ your socks and off and ‘happy baby’ yourself into a peaceful sleep.
London Fight Factory: They probably won’t be blasting ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ out of the sound system, but they definitely will teach you some kickass moves. From complete beginners to professional fighters, this is a world-renowned mixed martial arts gym and (bonus alert) you get a free trial class!