Have you ever wanted to be a hipster? Lets be honest- no one does- but it’d be fun to live like one for a day, right? Well, we couldn’t think of any other place more hipster than some of the neighbourhoods of London. From the gentrified East London to the up and coming South London, we have put together a day that will live in instagram infamy. #instagramgame #sostrong
7:30 am : Morning Glory Rave
If you think going for jog is the best way to get your blood pumping for the day, you’d be wrong. The growing movement referred to as Morning Glory Rave is an early morning, substance-free dance party that is intended to give attendees a lively and different way to jump-start their mornings. The group suggesst that ravers give themselves a full hour to truly experience Morning Glory. The relaxed atmosphere allows for participants to be themselves and even allows for people to turn up in their Pj’s. Complete with coffee, smoothie bars and complimentary wake-up massages, this morning rave is truly unique. The conscious clubbing movement begins at 6:30 am and goes until 10:30 am. Located in Oval Space, the rave brings in large crowds. Don’t forget to wear your neon lycra.
29-32, The Oval London United Kingdom E2 9DT
10:30 am: Breakfast-Cereal Killer Cafe
The best ideas come when your hungover. At least that can be said by Cereal Killer Cafe identical twin owners Alan and Gary Keery. The cafe is dedicated to all things cereal. The bowl sizes offered include small, medium and large. The cafe offers over 100 different cereals and 12 different milk options including choices for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant. They even have toppings from fresh fruit to mini Oreos. Located in trendy Shoreditch, this charming cafe recently opened its doors this past December. So go for the Cereal but stay for the Pop Tarts, which is what they serve as a side dish with the cereal.
139 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6SB.
11:30 am: The Last Tuesday Society’s Museum – Taxidermy Exhibition
After you’ve had a proper morning with raving and eating niche cereals, head over to Hackney to visit The Last Tuesday Society Museum. The museum take its name from a society that was founded at Harvard by William James and has come to London in the form of a “pataphysical organisation.” The museum prides itself on featuring offbeat and quirky subject matter. Recent exhibitions have focused on taxidermy and domesticated aquatics pets and aquariums.
Location & Times:
11 Mare Street London E8 4RP
1:30 pm: Lunch- Draughts/Board Game Cafe
After the Last Society’s Taxidermy exhibition, head on over to Draughts Board Game Cafe, also in Hackney. Play some board games and enjoy lunch. Opened in early November of last year, this cafe has a vast amount of board games to offer guests. If you have a childhood favorite, they will probably have it. In addition to honing your strategy skills against your friends, you can enjoy a pint and toget your gears turning. Only don’t go over board because the next stop on this jam packed journey involves a trip to Greenwich.
3:00 pm Meantime Brewery Tour
Proud of their Greenwich location, Meantime Brewery, has been heralded around London as one of the best micro-breweries. Lucky for the beer connoisseurs, the brewery host weekly tours of their brewery. TimeOut says:
“Tuesday evenings next year just got a little bit brighter. The Meantime Brewery in Greenwich has decided to open its doors to the public for weekly tours. Expect ample opportunity to learn about (as well as sample) brewmaster Alastair Hook’s award-winning beers.”
A comprehensive tour happens four days out of the week. Each tour is followed by a tutored tasting of a selection of beers.
Location & Times:
Lawrence Trading Estate, Blackwall Lane, London SE10 0AR.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8293 1111
Shop: Wed / Thurs / Fri: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
5:00pm Dinner: Wine & Charcuterie (W&C)
I admit, W&C aligns itself on the higher-end spectrum of all things hipster. But if reviews are any indication, the prices are well worth it. Located in Clapham, this renovated foodie haven opened its doors just last year after a large installment of the Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project. Originally a public lavatory, W&C is nothing less than spectacular. The menu is short and to the point with limited but flavorful options. Inside the bar, ham is hanging and electric candlesticks are scattered throughout the venue. As for wine, the list consist of 10 whites and 10 reds along with certain roses and sparklers.
Location & Times:
The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4
Mon-Fri: 6pm- late
7:30: Pillow Cinema
Opening its doors this past November, Pillow Cinema is a great “night in” night out. PC offers a unique viewing experience, as viewers are allowed to watch movies on pillows for two. In fact the cinema offers tickets that valid for two, which is perfect for couples who want to catch a movie. The cinema was opened by the same owners who created Hot Tub Cinema. It features blockbusters, Indy dramas, thrillers and everything in between. You name it – they’ll show it. Quite often there are additional activities for the audience at each show as well.
Location & Times
Pedley Street, London United Kingdom E1 5ES
*Check online for movie showings here
Loving Apartments offers a number of apartments in London, that would be great to crash at after your Happy Hipster Day in London.
>Johnathan Redmond is an Advertising Undergraduate @ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a keen interest in Fashion and exploring London Culture.