District Guide

Delve straight into the hippest barrios in town, with our “In The Zone” district guides. Mean streets, ethnic eats and funky beats are all but guaranteed and we’ll also get a resident’s perspective on what makes the ‘hood so happening. Plus a few tips on where to stay. You’ve got it made, kid.


The South Bank of the River Thames earned its reputation as an entertainment district back in the Middle Ages when Londoners used to swarm here to enjoy unlicensed theatre performances, as well as more ribald activities such as prostitution and bear-baiting...


It was in Camden's Electric Ballroom venue that Sid Vicious gave his now infamous "Sid Sods Off" concert to raise money for his and Nancy's flights to the US, although that's not the only reason...


Up until about 10 years ago, Beacon, New York, a small city just an hour north of Manhattan, was verboten. A city overrun by drugs, prostitution and crooked cops. Your classic booming manufacturing town broken by the economic downturn of the 1970s.


Holešovice has been my home for the past two years. It’s gritty but not grotty; up-and-coming but not yet gentrified beyond all recognition. Traditionally, it’s a working class district: every day on my way to the tram stop I walk past a plaque commemorating where the Czech Communist Party elected Klement Gottwald their leader.


Iggy and Bowie lived there, the first German punk Mohawk follicles sprouted there, and a network of canals — where Nazis chucked their victims/martyrs — runs through it. You will never get to live there because it is too überhip for you. If you read this and claim to live there...