For Americans moving to London it’s just not going to be the same as home this weekend. There are loads of Halloween themed events and clubs if you want to get out and party, but if you are looking for great things to do in the city after your relocation to London, the weekend of 28 – 30 October is not going to disappoint.
One of the nicest ways to explore a foreign city and really get to grips with what is happening is different neighbourhoods is to visit the markets that are open nearly every weekend across the city. This weekend sees the re-opening of the Hoxton Street Market, right in the heart of the East End of London. It has been rebranded and revamped and now offers designer fashion, footwear and a host of trendy restaurants in the area. The closest tube station is ‘Old Street’ and even with the updated look, this market is a quintessential example of real London life.
The best part about Hoxton Street is that the stores and shops in the area are often family owned businesses that stretch back for generations, so you’re not just getting a taste of London life, but a chance to meet the very real East End characters and personalities of this vibrant part of London.
History of Hoxton
Hoxton doesn’t just stretch back a couple of hundred years. It is recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, so we’re talking almost a thousand years of real living in the heart of this magnificent city. It is a fitting tribute to the time of year that 36 barrels of gunpowder were found in Hoxton Street that lead to the capture and trial of Guy Fawkes in October of 1605. Hoxton Street has seen lunatic asylums’ bordellos; bars and the first two purpose-built theatres in London as a part of its history, and today remains one of the closet-knit communities in the city of London. A cornucopia of family life, as well as a trendy urban suburb in London’s East End, Hoxton Street Market is a great place to start your in-depth discovery of this city without the hordes of tourists.
Somewhat overlooked in the tourist guides, Hoxton is the perfect neighbourhood if you want to explore and immerse yourself in the entire East End experience after your relocation.