Shoreditch, Hoxton & Haggerston
Shoreditch is the birthplace of the Hackney hipster. In the heart of the East End, on the edge of the City, it remains one of the capital's most popular night-time destinations.
A dizzying array of bars, clubs and restaurants make it a top pick for a Friday or Saturday night out.
By day, the area becomes a high-end retail mecca, with luxury brands sitting next to the independent boutiques and art galleries that line the cobbled side streets.
Shoreditch is also where the past meets the future. The home of Hackney's booming digital, media and creative industry sector has been dubbed Tech City.
And don't forget a visit to Hoxton Square, said to be among the oldest in the capital. Hoxton was once a mecca for artists and is now awash with bars, restaurants and galleries.
If you want a more old school East End atmosphere, wander down to Hoxton Street Market, the oldest in Hackney and recently relaunched with new-look stalls.
Take a stroll along the Regent's Canal, and stop off along the way in Haggerston to relax in its park or visit the pigs, donkeys, chickens and goats at Hackney City Farm.