Welcome to Cool Britannia 2.0: Art spaces are launching seemingly by the month, joining recent additions like the V&A Photography Centre, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries and Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, which sparked a renaissance south of the river. Fashion enthusiasts have more to explore, with the East End going glam and West London getting hipper – and the new Crossrail (Elizabeth line) can take you everywhere quicker.

Where to Stay

  • The Standard
    For the decadent kitsch
  • Sea Containers
    For views of the Thames
  • One Hundred Shoreditch
    For the trendy rooftop bar
  • The Beaumont
    For the refined glamour
  • Ham Yard Hotel
    For the interior design inspiration
  • The London Edition
    For the sophisticated decor
  • The Buxton
    For budget-friendly rates