Going against the Grain
So we all know that it’s common knowledge for Kiwis and Aussies to congregate in the same London hoods. Before I moved over here, I asked my fellow expat friends, “What area of London I should live in?” The verdict was – Shepherds Bush, Clapham, Hammersmith and Acton. So that’s where I began looking.
Clapham was super appealing at the time. We arrived mid way through the Rugby World Cup and there were mobs of Kiwis walking around drunk off their tits! It was pretty much home. But in all seriousness, Clapham has a good tube line, multiple bars/restaurants and the Clapham Common. Why wouldn’t you want to live there?
So we briefly stayed with an awesome Aussie couple in Clapham North but couldn’t justify paying the amount for such a small room. So that’s when we repacked our bags (fuck I dread taking 23kgs of your life on the tube) and moved to Bow in East London.
The area is cultural, eclectic, creative and as you get closer to Shoreditch you reach the hipsters (British hipsters are far cooler than Auckland hipsters.)
But here is a list of things I have explored in Bow, Hackney, Bethnal Green and Shoreditch
- Victoria Park
- Genesis Cinema
- Muxima Cafe
- The Counter Cafe
- Brick Lane
- Broadway Markets
- Crate Brewery
- Old Spitalfield Markets
- Bounce (table tennis bar)
- Draughts (board game cafe)
I’m sure the list will get longer as time goes on, so keep checking in 🙂