The Six Hottest Emerging Neighborhoods In the World's Greatest Cities: London Fields, London

One of the last spots to benefit from the East End's ongoing gentrification, this cool and colorful area retains much of its bustle—rowdy sellers with Cockney accents bump shoulders with design-industry locals and fashion students hosting barbecues in the expansive park, the neighborhood's loveliest patch of green.

Maureen Paley Gallery

Photograph: Courtesy of Maureen Paley Gallery

Maureen Paley Gallery


Check out antique jewelry and vintage records at Broadway Market, a Victorian-era marketplace, before lining up at a stall for a Ghanaian curry, oysters, mushrooms on toast, Argentine beef, or traditional pie and mash.


The chic Boundary (rooms from $300) in nearby Shoreditch has just 17 rooms, all inspired by legendary designers (Eames) or design movements (Bauhaus). Down-stairs is its über-hip Albion Café.


It wouldn't be a burgeoning neighborhood if it didn't have a pioneering gallerist, and here that title goes to Maureen Paley, an American whose eponymous gallery has mounted shows by Turner Prize–winning artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing. Come to browse who's on the international radar and dress the part courtesy of the avant-garde fashions proffered at LN-CC, an appointment-only concept store that also sells books and rare vinyl—and hosts a nightclub.


Should you be lucky enough to see some sunshine, grab a pint in the beer garden at Pub on the Park, a favored watering hole of local resident Michael Fassbender.

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