“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and Hoxton combine loft-living with urban grit, making this area one of the most creative corners of the city. Artists, designers and dot-com entrepreneurs throng start-ups on Old Street and galleries, studios and clubs on Redchurch St., Rivington Place and Hoxton Square. Jay Jopling's White Cube gallery at 48 Hoxton Square pioneered conceptual contemporary art spaces, and Sadler's Wells is London's leading contemporary dance venue. Working-class Exmouth Market keeps the area grounded, with independent shops, tattoo parlors and an authentic pie and mash shop. London's non-conformists are buried in local Bunfill Fields cemetery, including writer and spy Daniel Defoe (1731) and poet William Blake (1827).