Travel Spotlight

London: Neighborhoods to Know Now

Innovative and energetic, London fuels the imagination, inspiring creativity and eccentricity while remaining strongly connected to history. Its streets buzz with life, yet feel warm and welcoming and connect visitors to the city’s storied past.

The neighborhoods of Mayfair, Marylebone, Fulham and King’s Cross all exemplify London’s unique vibe. Mayfair boasts several of London’s most exclusive shops, some of which are nearly as old as the district itself, and gallerists and fashion-forward designers find the area hard to resist. The fun and funky indie shops of Marylebone are just as wonderful to visit as its traditional pubs. Meanwhile, tucked into a bend in the Thames River, genteel Fulham is home to classical cottages and beautiful green spaces that blend easily with its upmarket shops, bars and boutiques. Finally, King’s Cross’s redevelopment has brought both elegant dining and street food as well as shops, performance venues and parks to the historically industrial area.

Indagare's London-based contributor, Elena Bowes, reports on what to see where to go in these hip yet homey neighborhoods.

  • The Classic Reenergized: Mayfair As the birthplace of the current Queen and the London neighborhood where Coco Chanel chose to hang her pearls, Mayfair has forever been in fashion—but it’s never sparkled quite like it is now. Read more.
  • Boutique Heaven: Marylebone Go off the beaten track and explore the one-off shops in Marylebone, where each boutique has a unique story to tell. The neighborhood is also home to two exciting—and quirky—boutique hotels. Read more.
  • Up-and-coming District: King's Cross There’s never a dull moment in pulsating King’s Cross. Once a vaguely seedy district known mostly for its train station, King’s Cross today has spawned one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, including 50 new buildings, 26 acres of open space, 20 new streets and 10 new parks and squares. Read more.
  • Most Liveable Neighborhood: Fulham As the rest of London becomes more and more sleek, Fulham has retained a real English village-y feel, and reminds long-time locals of how Chelsea and Notting Hill were, decades ago. Brimming with young professionals, “yummy mummies,” kids in strollers and welcoming locals, Fulham has retained a village-like feel. Read more.

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