Is London the New Movida? | Tim Lai-Smith

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.

Question is, will London get its buzz back post Covid? Your guess is as good as mine.


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