This mid-town spot is now a destination in itself thanks to the opening of The Hoxton Holborn hotel, which features an outpost of Soho House & Co’s Chicken Shop in the basement, New York-style grill Hubbard & Bell and coffee shop Holborn Grind. But that’s not all: the area also boasts ping-pong bar Bounce, dimly lit basement drinking den The London Cocktail Club and much-loved brasserie Holborn Dining Room.
Insider tip: Head to Cheeky Nail Bar on the ground floor of The Hoxton for an express 45-minute mani-pedi fix. From £69; thehoxton.com
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The small but characterful area of Grünerløkka is one of Oslo’s key areas of urban renewal. As well as boutique fashion and interior shops, it is home to renowned local coffee brewer Tim Wendelboe; former 1900s cinema-turned-music-venue Parkteatret; and organic, farm-to-table restaurant Kolonihagen (kolonihagen.no).
Insider tip: Stay at The Thief hotel, a 20min drive away on the waterfront. Just like the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum located next door, the walls are adorned with art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. From NOK2090; thethief.com
New York-style restaurant Hubbard & Bell
Artworks adorn the walls of The Thief hotelCredits
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