By Belmin Pilevneli, the visual artist and graphic designer who has been living, discovering, enjoying (and sometimes struggling) in London for over three years.
Edited by Kathryn Foley
For me, London has a Metropolitan beauty that makes you want to do more, meet more, and enjoy more regardless of your fatigue. When it comes to the East London neighbourhoods which make up my East London, Shoreditch and London Fields are the areas I’m lucky enough to call home. Anyone who’s looking for cool things to do in London should put this area on their to do list, because London is not just Zone 1. It should be experienced as a whole, and I think this area is so characteristic and unique, full of arts, good music and people who care about environment and living a healthy life. Every East London map includes Shoreditch, but add London Fields into the mix and you’ll get a real experience of this pocket of the city. It might have been labelled as ‘hipster London’, but there’s so much life here that you shouldn’t label it until you’ve explored for yourself. So here’s an artist’s guide to some of my favourite things to do in East London; I hope you fall in love with it as much as I did.