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North London has a wealth of character, a thriving multicultural environment and a cosmopolitan air that sets it apart from the rest of the capital.

With much of the district currently being redeveloped and spruced-up, north London's appeal is increasing.

The area does not boast the same volume of attractions as other parts of the city, but it does have its fair share of worthwhile hangouts.

These include Hampstead Heath and the Highgate Cemetery - which is the burial place of Karl Marx - and for sports fans both Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur dominate the football scene in this part of London.

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Shopping in North London

While north London is slightly lacking in the high-end designer boutiques which can be found in central London, there are a number of notable areas for shoppers to spend some cash.

For individuals wanting to indulge in some London shopping, one of the best places to go is Camden.

The area boasts a fantastic London market that is teeming with activity and stalls which specialise in anything from antiques and jewellery to vintage clothing.

With so many different stalls to choose from visitors to Camden Market are bound to find something a little unusual and unique.

Alternatively, the N1 shopping centre (Angel) in Islington is home to a number of leading high street clothing stores.

Other noteworthy places include Highgate, known for its antiques, galleries and specialist shops, Tottenham High Road which is home to the usual large chain stores while Muswell Hill and Crouch End also have a multitude of boutiques and gift shops.

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Eating in North London

There are a number of cheap eats in London alongside some more expensive and exclusive restaurants.

North London is no exception to this and there is the opportunity to enjoy a night out on a budget or go for something a little more extravagant.

At Ziloufs (270 Upper Street; Highbury & Islington) for example, visitors will be able to enjoy a modern take on pan Asian food in a contemporary environment without breaking the bank.

For something a little more upmarket however, Axis Restaurant (Hilton Islington; Angel) offers a menu of modern European cuisine.

Entertainment in North London

Camden is a vibrant and busy area of London and a popular hangout for celebrities, with hundreds of shops and late-night bars, which particularly comes alive at weekends.

A drink in The Grand Union (102-104 Camden Road; Camden) will not set you back too much and its large selection of cocktails and regular DJ slots is sure to keep visitors entertained.

There are also large screens which promise to show the major sporting events, so expect football during the winter and cricket in the summer months.

Elsewhere, Camden is home to one of the best London clubs, KOKO (1A Camden High Street; Mornington Crescent), which often also hosts live music.

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Staying in North London

Situated in the trendy area of Islington, Rosebery Hall (90 Rosebery Avenue; Islington) offers easy access to this popular district of London and with two nearby tube stations the rest of the city is never out of reach - prices start from only £19.60 per person.

Alternatively, to stay closer to the hustle and bustle of north London life, staying in Camden will ensure proximity to the lock and market, as well as being within walking distance of Regents Park and London Zoo.

Camden Budget Rooms (119 Camden Street; Camden) is a great option for travellers and with per person prices as low as £15 a night, will free up some cash to spend on other parts of your trip!

Hampstead is another popular London neighbourhood, with 800 acres of park-land, shops and cafes and it is far enough outside central London to feel that you are in a suburb or large village.

The Anchor House Hotel (10 West Heath Drive; Golders Green) is situated just off Hampstead Heath and is available to book from as little as £22.25 per person a night.

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