At Short Motivation, we enjoy exploring the coolest neighbourhoods in the big cities. These neighbourhoods usually have their own vibe, style and unique feel. In New York, we really prefer visiting Brooklyn. In Miami, Wynwood is our favourite neighbourhood, and it is because of the friendly people, shops, places to drink and a sense of community.
Lonely Planet, the world’s most popular travel guide book publisher recently published it’s top 10 list of the ‘coolest neighbourhoods’. The list is supposed to feature up and coming neighbourhoods you should visit before they become a huge tourist attraction and, as a result, become too busy to enjoy.
The list includes a host of places from around the world includes hip neighbourhood Borgo San Frediano in Florence, Seongsu-dong in Seoul, The Triangle in Lisbon, Brooklyn in New York and Vesterbro in Copenhagen. A surprising entry on the list, however, is Tooting in London. Getting there is a challenge in itself. The borough is close to the southern area of the “Northern” underground line.
Lonely Planet lists a number of reasons why you should consider Tooting, including its multiculturalism and originality. The high street boasts it’s very own curry corridor, similar to that of Brick Lane in Central London. Tooting also features an original market, with some really unique stalls. It is also noted for its huge range of independent pubs as well, something which is becoming a rarity in the UK. It also features an outdoor lido, so if you’re there during summer, make sure you go for a dip.
Are you convinced you should put Tooting high up on your next vacation to do list? We’ve never been and would always recommend Shoreditch (although Wimbledon is a close second and perhaps Dulwich, third), but we’re keen to make the long underground journey to see what the fuss is about.
More more information on Tooting, visit Wikipedia.