It its not so recent past, Hoxton was considered a sketchy place to live. It was known for being cheap, dirty, and sleazy. Then the cycle of gentrification began. First came the artists and it slowly started to become trendier and trendier. Then the tech companies started setting up shop here and it became modernized with cool lofts and glass office buildings.
It's now home to the many affluent young professionals, most of whom are working in media. Very few of the people who originally helped to clean up this area can afford to live here. The vestiges of its short stint as a haven for artists can be seen only in the great street art here.
For housing, you've got gorgeous Victorian and Georgian townhouses, many of which have been converted into apartments. Most of the factories from yesteryear have also been converted into big, airy apartments. There are a few single family dwellings, but they are usually snatched up fairly quickly.
Still, the very best parts of London are so close to Hoxton that a little bit more rent will save you money in transportation. You’ll be able to see the cool art galleries, shop at great boutiques, and eat at some of the best restaurants in the city.
The City: 1.8 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 20-30 minutes by transit / 10-15 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 4.5 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike
Southwark: 3.6 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 25-35 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Westminster: 4.5 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 0.7 miles / 5 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by foot / 5 minutes by bike
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