The 6 things international hipsters should know about London before visiting

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London is a city which calls out for visits from hipsters from all over the globe, and regularly welcomes droves of trendy people eager to reach England’s cool capital. However, as with all major tourist destinations, there are a few things every international visitor should know about the city before they visit – here’s our round-up of the top 6 things to remember about London…

1. Find the right hipster haunts

Every self-respecting hipster should know that certain places in London are, more or less, off limits. Whilst Oxford Street and other mainstream locations might provide plenty of shopping opportunities for your average visitor staying at the Montcalm hotel Shoreditch, if you want to get off the beaten track, you’ll need to look further afield. Brick Lane has long established itself as the place to be as a dedicated hipster, and there are lots of reasons why. This is where you’ll find the trendiest shopping and most up to the minute places to hang out while you’re in the city.

2. Browse local markets

spitalfields market london

London’s markets are among the most popular places to find unusual items sure to appeal to your hipster heart! There are many to choose from while you stay at the Montcalm hotel Shoreditch, including everything from the latest and greatest in fashion to quirky finds from the world of antiques and gifts. We recommend heading to Spitalfields Market for a proper browse!

3. Browse a nearby park

Parks near by montcalm

When the weather is good, you’ll find London’s hipster set take to the many green spaces dotted throughout the city. London Fields is a particularly popular space on sunny summer days, so come prepared with a picnic and spend a few hours relaxing in one of the trendiest parts of the capital.

4. Explore London’s coffee shops

Coffee shop in london

Another place known for embracing hipster culture is London’s many coffee shops – and you certainly have a vast selection to enjoy. After parking in Shoreditch be sure to head out into the neighbourhood to mingle with a distinctly hipster-led crowd, with everything from branches of Starbucks to independent destinations offering an authentic experience for visitors.

5. Visit BOXPARK Shoreditch

There are few places with such a natural hipster flair as BoxPark. This unique shopping venue is made from recycled shipping containers, and champions both big brands and independent traders alike. Here you can explore some truly original pieces in a one-of-a-kind venue, as well as indulging at the cafes and eateries on-site.

6. Check out a Shoreditch bar

pub in london

The bars, pubs and clubs of Shoreditch are also ideal for hipster visitors. We recommend a trip to venues such as East London favourite The Hoxton to immerse yourself in a crowd which includes figures from the local scene as well as an authentically offbeat setting and décor, with plush mismatched seating and a great drinks menu sure to set your evening off to a great start.