The Best Hipster Hangouts in London


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Hipsters are a difficult bunch to impress. After bonding over a shared love of fixed gear bikes, Belle and Sebastian B-sides and Woody Allen-style spectacles, to avoid that trademark hipster sigh and eye roll, you need to think outside the box and pick a date that’s not ‘so last year’. Here are some of London’s best hipster hangouts, which are perfect for your next date.

Vinyl shopping in Soho

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Forget streaming, MP3s and CDs, hipsters are all about the warmth and crackle of records when consuming music. Yeah, it might be less practical and more expensive, but analogue is always hipper than digital. Routing through record shops is a great, quirky date. You can show off your muso cred, find out if your tastes are compatible, and even purchase something for your prospective other half. There are a number of record shops in close proximity around Soho, including on Berwick Street, Phonica on Poland Street, Sounds of the Universe on Broadwick Street and BM Soho on D’Arblay Street.

Dinner at Brixton Village

Eating out at a chain restaurant is a big no-no in the hipster community, unless you’re doing it in an ironic way of course. Brixton Village offers a number of small independent restaurants, which are cheap and generally extremely tasty. Consider Okan for Japanese street food staple okonomiyaki, a large pancake/omelette hybrid filled with your choice of meat, fish and veg (£6.50-£8.25 mains). If you’re after gourmet fast food then grab a burger at Honest, fried chicken at Wishbone or pizza at Franco Manca (all less than £10 for a main). Fine dining can be found at the excellent Cornercopia (£11.50-£14 mains).

Rooftop Cinema Club

Going to watch a movie is such an obvious date destination, right? Wrong.  Wrap up in a slanket under the stars while you sit on a deckchair, sipping a cocktail with a pair of wireless headphones on, enjoying a cult classic on the big screen. In the summer you can catch a film at various rooftops around London, including the Bussey Building in Peckham, Ealing Broadway and the Queen of Hoxton, and throughout the rest of the year at Kensington Roof Gardens. Tickets are £21.50 and include a drink and food.



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Dalston is dead. Once the hipster mecca, Dalston is now just an expensive, gentrified namesake for an X-Factor boy band. Peckham in South-East London is where the cool kids are flocking to. Drink Campari and soda in Frank’s, a bar on the roof of a car park with amazing views over the city. Eat at one of London’s most exciting restaurants Peckham Bazaar, where you can grab a main course of pan-Balkan BBQ and mezze for around £10. Check out the uber-trendy Bellenden Road’s Threads, a vintage clothes shop. For some of the best coffee in the area head to Cafe Viva just round the corner on Choumert Road. Just don’t mention Del Boy and Rodney.



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