This is the land of the extremely fashionable, the down-at-heel upmarket, but Hoxton's also a place where you can still pick up a bargain - if you look hard.
Immediately north of the City and bounded by the Regents' Canal as well as Old Street and Kingsland Road, Hoxton was for many years - like Clerkenwell in Islington - a land of slightly unregarded industrial Britain, and in the 19th Century it was a mostly working class area. Then the arty, media community discovered it, discovered loft living, and everything changed.
Now you would be hard put to find a place more buoyed up with a sense of its own funkyness than Hoxton. It's the home of designers, artists and the like, who began in the 1980s to use the huge industrial loft spaces as working and living areas; clubs, galleries, and other fashionable spaces proliferated in the buildings that were put in after WWII. Quickly it became a centre for design firms, for magazines, and formed a base of the dotcom boom in the 1990s.
Now, Hoxton is as it was then - a truly vibrant area where many people live and work. It's filled with nightclubs, excellent restaurants on every corner. Hoxton Square is now again (as it was long ago when it was built) a supremely fashionable place to be. Living space here is in the large industrial spaces, old factories and warehouses which are now huge open plan flats and apartments. City professionals as well as the Hoxton set love these places in buildings like Gainsborough Studios and The Chocolate Factory are very popular. To the north there are still a few housing estates, and streets of Victorian and Edwardian mansion blocks.
Later Victorian and Edwardian mansion blocks can be found with the Haberdasher and Provost Estates. More unpopular Sixties estates can be avoided around Chart and Fanshaw Streets. Hackney Council have long been amenable to live/work leases and this has benefited Hoxton with its myriad warehouse and factory conversions. The Chocolate Factory, Gainsborough Studios and the Canal Building are among the most famous. New flats have sought to exploit Hoxton's sudden popularity, most of them close to Hoxton Square itself.
Hoxton, with its little squares, lovely streets and places of local interest such as Smithfield market, is now one of the most fashionable places to live in the centre of London.
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Area News for Hoxton
Just like Shoreditch, Hoxton's popularity as a place to live in London has skyrocketed. It has become synonymous with edgy fashions, the best bars and cool galleries as well as the place to be if you're a fan of skinny jeans.
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Read Article ... Published on 29th July, 2011
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Hoxton Square is set to reopen to those living in property to rent in the London borough of Hackney following a number of improvements.
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Improvement works have begun at Hoxton Square, near to property to rent in the London borough of Hackney.
Read Article ... Published on 9th May, 2011
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