Wondering why Hackney seems so empty? Everyone who's anyone is heading out west this year, including us. In fact, we're so enamoured by W11's renaissance that the neighbourhood made it onto our definitive list of 2023's hottest global destinations. After years spent skulking in the shadows of its compass opposite, London's west wing is stepping into the light. First, there are the hot new tables in town: Straker's, on Golborne Road, is the new restaurant from FoodTok's favourite chef, while Dorian, a few streets over, is the latest launch from the man behind Notting Hill Fish Shop. Then, there are the parties going down at Caia, a wine bar with a well-tuned sound system. If you want to make a night of it, take a room at the newly opened Hoxton in nearby Shepherd's Bush. Hackney? Never heard of it.