London has always been a popular tourist destination, but in recent years it has become more diverse and creative. The growth of the digital industry and its young professionals has encouraged the emergence of startups, coworking spaces and digital nomads. It is now one of the most exciting cities to visit with plenty of things to do for visitors looking for an alternative experience.
But this alternative aspect drinks from the many years of counterculture that have defined the English capital's artistic and cultural expression. To avoid getting lost among so many years of history we recommend that you bet on the professional guidance of one of the Free Tours that we offer here at GuruWalk.
How about starting shopping but in an alternative way? That's what vintage markets like Old Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane are for.
Spitalfields is a Victorian market with a long history. The site has been used as a place to sell food and clothing since the 13th century.
In recent years, the area has become more popular as a tourist attraction. This is due to its unique vintage and antique stores, which have made it one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world.
Petticoat Lane, meanwhile, is a hidden gem that has become a tourist attraction for London. The street is lined with stalls offering vintage clothing, books and records from the past. Visitors can find anything from fur coats to Levi's jeans, and even Barbie dolls from the 1960s. This street has become the benchmark for vintage clothing worldwide.
And now with our shopping bags nothing better than strolling through the Shoreditch neighborhood contemplating its sample of urban art.
Shoreditch is one of the most popular neighborhoods in London. It is a very trendy part of the city with many restaurants, bars, galleries, stores and nightclubs.
Shoreditch has been home to artists and creatives for years. It is known for the art and creativity that you can find everywhere in the neighborhood.
The area has experienced increased gentrification in recent years, which some people argue has killed its creative charm, while others say has made it more accessible to everyone in London.
And from Shoreditch there's nothing better than heading over to the East End to get a first-hand taste of cockney culture.
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