It's hard to believe that Clapton, now rated one of the city's coolest 'hoods, was in recent decades so crime-ridden and dangerous that it earned the moniker of "Murder Mile". How quickly things change. Today it's a hipster enclave filled with trendy cafes and coffee shops, thrift stores, and boutiques. In addition to hipsters, you’ll see a lot of media types here as well as some young professionals.
Apartments are easy to come by, though make sure you visit the area before renting or buying as there are still a few more dangerous and rundown parts here. You'll find stately Georgian and Victorian style terraces, lowrise Art Deco apartment complexes, and newly built midrise apartment buildings. Some of the most coveted real estate are the properties along the Clapton canal. For the more adventurous, another option is to live on one of the house boats.
The neighborhood is full of independent shops and restaurants whose owners live nearby. This atmosphere has helped foster a tightknit community spirit. Residents have brought back a Sunday market with stalls selling food, homewares, and gifts.
For those with kids, it's got several good primary and secondary schools. And when you need to entertain them on the weekend it's also got an ice skating rink, horse-riding center, and rowing club.
The City: 4.2 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 4.4 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike
Southwark: 5.6 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit / 30-35 minutes by bike
Westminster: 7 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 45-60 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 3.2 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
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