North London is unique unto itself. Head to Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill’s gorgeous parks for beautiful views of the city below. Islington, North London’s flagship borough, has long been symbolic of “north of the river” good living. Its charm lies in its quiet streets and old-school gastropubs; a sharp contrast to punk-ish Camden. Meanwhile, King’s Cross has undergone a major revamp, with suave restaurants, one-off design shops and cultural hubs moving in.

To Stay

The Generator

This is like no hostel you’ve ever stayed in. One of 11 Generator Hostels in Europe, this hospitality brand has made a name for itself as a design-forward alternative to your typical budget accommodation option. Rooms are spacious, light and comfortable, with the choice of single, twin, four, six, eight, 10 and 12-person bunk rooms. The heart of Generator is in its public spaces – where you can find everything from table football to a piano.

York & Albany

This regency townhouse is prime real-estate, positioned adjacent to Regent’s Park. Fabulous food comes courtesy of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant downstairs and the relaxed atmosphere is thanks to Russell Sage’s interiors. Neutral hues and antiquities populate most rooms with rooms 8 and 9 offering pristine views of the park and London Zoo. From Camden pub crawls to Sunday park walks, the York & Albany takes top prize for location.

The Generator

York & Albany

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