If you’re looking for somewhere trendy to spend an evening in London then you could certainly do worse than heading to Hackney, with this part of east London having gained a reputation as the place to be over recent years.
It seems anyone who’s anyone can be seen doing the rounds of the many bars, restaurants and clubs in the borough.
Dalston, for example, is home to venues like Birthdays, the Nest and Alibi, all of which are frequented by London’s coolest cats, not to mention the odd celeb.
Slightly further east is Hackney Central, where you’ll find popular hangouts like the Dolphin, as well as great entertainment options such as the Hackney Picturehouse and the Hackney Empire theatre.
In order to stay ahead of the game, however, the area needs to keep reinventing itself, and if the events of the past few days are anything to go by, then Hackney still what it takes to remain at the top of London’s cool list.
That’s because a brand new venue has just opened up, occupying the disused railway station on Amhurst Road, and has already generated quite a buzz among the city’s night owls.
Called Oslo, London’s newest hotspot offers a blend of Nordic design (something that’s very in right now), great food and excellent club nights, and the huge queue that formed outside on the night of the grand opening (January 17th) should be enough to tell you that the place has very much met the approval of the in crowd.
Of particular interest to nightlife enthusiasts are the Friday and Saturday night offerings at Oslo, with the former being dubbed Valhalla and consisting of an eclectic playlist of music covering soul and disco to 90’s R&B, as well as classic rock.
Saturdays, meanwhile, will see some of the top DJs from around the world take to the decks to provide the very latest in electronic dance music.