Hoxton Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Hoxton, North London

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Living in Hoxton

Vibrant, diverse, and central Hoxton is considered to be one of the fastest-improving 'City fringe' areas. Having undergone massive regeneration in the last couple of decades, after the furniture trade left the area, and the loft conversions that took its place are no longer affordable to many with prices having climbed to £1,000 per square foot. Hoxton is also a destination for many, who come from all over London to enjoy the area's cafés, pubs, restaurants, and clubs into the wee hours. 

Ratings

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Community

Although this is no longer a place where artists and craftsmen can live cheaply in the empty furniture warehouses, a core creative community of those pioneering residents remains. Locals are very invested in their area.

Safety

The 2014/2015 crime rate in Hoxton was higher than the London rate, although this is not terribly surprising if you consider that it is a nightlife hotspot. The violence against the person rate was slightly higher than for London overall, too. Current Met statistics say the crime in the area is 'average', with higher crime areas around nearby Tube stations, like Angel. 

Parking

Hoxton is a relatively difficult and expensive place to park. Many fewer people in this area - less than half - own a car than in London overall. 

Nightlife

There is a wide variety of nightlife in Hoxton that draws visitors from all over London, from basement cocktail bars with cult followings to throbbing nightclubs. Hoxton is well-connected, especially by bus, making it a fairly easy place to reach even after the Tube stops running for the night. 

Family Friendly

Hoxton isn't particularly thought of as a family area, but that doesn't mean the kinds of amenities that appeal to families can't be found here. About 80% of residents are working aged, but most of the rest are children, not pensioners. There is a wide range of 'good' or better schools in the area, including both state and private schools. Shoreditch Park and the Regent's canal, as well as some pocket parks throughout the area, offer green and open spaces to play and walk in. 

Pet Friendly

There's a wide variety of property in this area, and some with surprisingly generous square footage. Shoreditch Park and the Regent's canal, as well as some pocket parks throughout the area, offer green and open spaces to play and walk in. 

Transport

Like much of East London, Hoxton is well served by public transport, but particularly by bus and Overground rather than by Tube. Still, nearby Angel is on the Northern Line (Zone 1), as is Old Street, which also offers National Rail services. There are rail services at Essex Road (Zone 2), and Haggerston (Zone 2), Hoxton (Zone 1/2), and Shoreditch High Street (Zone 1) stations are on the Overground. There are numerous bus routes serving the area 24/7, and walking and cycling are popular modes of transport for many residents. Few people own cars.