Will be in London for a brief (4 day/4night) stay in two weeks. Not my first trip, but I've spent a lot of time on previous visits exhausting the touristy side of the city. I'd like to focus on more "far-flung" areas this time, places outside of the Big Ben-Tower of London axis. Now, forgive my relative ignorance of London geography and what constitutes far-flung, but some areas I'm particularly interested in exploring are Hoxton, Shoreditch and Spitalfields (not sure if this is a neighborhood or a market). I live in the East Village in New York and have heard that these areas are rough approximations of that hood. Again, correct me if I'm wrong and if there are other neighborhoods I should focus on--I'm sure my information is outdated.
Anyway, would like to try some young, fun but unpretentious places. Definitely have no desire to do the haute palaces as I can find facsimilies of them in New York and not suffer the exchange rate. I hesitate to use the word, but perhaps "sceney" is what I'm looking for, but sceney in a "gritty" way if that makes a bit of sense.
Would like to try some updated versions of English classics (have heard of a place called, I think, Tom's that does this) as well as enjoy an authentic, non-touristy pub with decent food to go around. Obviously, Indian food is something I'd like to try over in London despite not being a huge fan of it over here. My sister went to a place called St. John recently and said I'd love it so I suppose that is a good gauge of what I'm looking for.
Also, despite wanting to explore the East End, I will be staying in Covent Garden (no choice) at One Aldwych, so recs in that area would also be much appreciated. Thanks!