Is London the New Movida?

The #cultural wave that swept through #Madrid and #Barcelona following Franco’s death in 1975 formed the new Spanish culture we know and love today. The #bohemian #chic approach to freedom of culture goes a long way in attracting everyone from Inter-Railing gap year students to pensioners re-exploring #Spain after many lost years.

Whilst political unrest in #London has not been as rife as that of Spain during Franco’s regime, the city’s cultural #Renaissance can be somewhat attributed to events like the #Diamond #Jubilee and the #Olympics. Since then, a great interest and investment can be seen in the east London area, once simply the industrial hole of the city. Walking down Shoreditch’s Brick Lane today, #food, #fashion, #music, #art and people come alive in every nook and cranny of the #antique streets.

London is unique to the world, yet in Europe it possesses an immense power. It paves the way for individual #identity and #freedom of #expression, something which only happens in the rest of Europe after times of struggle and hardship. #London, however, flourishes throughout; hence, the city is a representation of numerous #social inputs, of #history both good and bad.


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