Recommendations, Travel

Recommendations: London My Way


My London guide is long overdue and now its finally here! A friend of mine is going to London this weekend, so I had promised I’d have it up by today. A combination of food, shopping, cool areas and activities for you. Slight disclaimer that a lot of my recommendations are in Notting Hill and Shoreditch, mostly because those are the areas I’ve spent most time with. I’m dying for another London-trip again soon, to spend more time in areas like Stoke Newington, Angel and Peckham.

P.S. If you don’t have the patience and just want to get straight to my final list of recommendations, you can just scroll to the bottom of the post.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

P.P.S. Make many coffee stops, and if you buy new shoes and decide to wear them while adventuring around, stock up on Compeed bandages. Life. Saver.

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Electric Diner, Notting Hill – read about one of my favourite breakfast spots here [click!]

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Kyoto Garden, Holland Park – read about our visit at the park here [click!]

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Padella, Borough Market – read about our amazing lunch Padella here [click!]

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Vintage Frames, Red Church Street, Shoreditch

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Granger & Co, Notting Hill

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Barrafina, Soho – read about our second visit at Barrafina here [click!]

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Design Museum, California exhibition (on until October 15)

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Bar Termini, Soho

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La Senza, Notting Hill – read about our first night & random yet amazing meal here [click!]

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Shoreditch Street Art – read post about my most recent Shoreditch experience here [click!]

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Kingly Court, Carnaby Street – read about our casual pizza lunch here [click!]

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Gelupo Gelato, Soho

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Scalinis, Chelsea (my favourite meal of every London trip)

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Sager and Wilde, Paradise Row

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Fucina, Marylebone

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26 Grains, Neal’s Yard

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The Breakfast Club

 

Soho House, Shoreditch – read about our five-star experience here [click!]

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Shopping:

  • All the amazing pop-up shops around London – google to find out whats on and where while you’re there
  • Machine A, Soho – expensive as hell but also one of the coolest shops in London
  • Topshop (obviously)
  • Selfridges – I prefer Selfridges for make up and shoes (everything under one roof basically)
  • Good Hood, Shoreditch – possibly my favourite store
  • Vintage frames, Shoreditch (shop without a name on Red Church Street) – I love this place so much I’m going to make a separate post on it
  • Out of the attic, 195 Blackstock Road – cool cheap vintage interior stuff for the home
  • Search and Rescue, Stoke Newington – great interior stuff but also unique accessories and other random things
  • Brick Lane for retail vintage shopping (check out Hunky Dory)
  • Aesop – for chemical free deo, soap, creams and sprays
  • Spitafields  Market – vintage/fashion market (best but also most crowded on Sundays)
  • APC
  • LN-CC – cool fashion, music and books with a bar in the store
  • The Shop at Bluebird – department store (never been here but wanted to check it out)
  • Dover Street Market
  • Sweaty Betty & Nike Town for workout clothes
  • There are a lot of cool shops around Ely’s Yard in Shoreditch – go to this area to walk around, shop, eat, drink, and check out cool street art
  • I’m a candle freak so I get my favourite ones from Diptique, Eclectic by Tom Dixon, and Byredo (you should be able to find all of these at Selfridges. Diptique have independent stores all over London, I got mine in Notting Hill)

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Activities:

  • Electric Cinema, Notting Hill & Shoreditch – go for a movie, eat a delicious hot dog, have snacks, order a glass of wine or a beer, and cuddle up under a blanket on the sofa (literally the definition of cozy)
  • Design Museum
  • Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
  • Kew Gardens, Richmond – beautiful botanical gardens, bring a picnic basket and enjoy on a sunny day
  • Petersham Nurseries, Richmond – a must-visit for any ambiance lovers like me. You can eat and stuff there too, but I’d say have a coffee or a drink in the green-house and just enjoy it for the vibe and the experience. Very overpriced if you want to eat there – haven’t tried the food either
  • Borough market, London Bridge – food market
  • Troy Bar, Hoxton – I’m putting this under activities even though its a bar—its basically an open-mic night place and live music venue with cheap drinks and Caribbean style home-cooked food. Go here on a Tuesday night and come EARLY (like 8pm) to get in line for a seat/table
  • Open Air Threatre, Regent Park
  • KERB Camden Market
  • Tate Modern
  • Abney Park Cemetery – a beautiful, peaceful cemetery in Stoke Newington

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Pubs/bars: 

  • The Owl & Pussycat, Shoreditch – such a happening place and always full of young professionals catching an after work- or weekend beer or five. Also have boardgames and fun stuff
  • The Ladbroke Arms, Notting Hill
  • The Elgin, Notting Hill
  • Portobello Star, Notting Hill – our favourite bar in London, but its been shut down for a couple of months due to a change in owners, so I’m not able to vouch for how it’ll be when they reopen. The same — fingers crossed
  • Noble Rot, Lamb’s Conduit Street – a lovely wine bar & restaurant
  • The Good Egg, Stoke Newington – amazing rosemary G&T’s and a delicious snacks menu
  • Ace Hotel, Shoreditch – grab a drink here if you need a shopping break
  • Negozio Classica, Notting Hill – super cute wine bar for an afternoon or late night glass with friends
  • Bar Termini, Soho – tiny, crowded, lovely – plus great snacks e.g. meat platters, focaccia and cheese with Bellini’s and Campari drinks
  • The Henry Holland, Mayfair – behind Selfridges, good for a beer-stop while shopping/wandering around

 

Restaurants (breakfast):

  • Granger & Co, Notting Hill – simply the best
  • Electric Diner, Notting Hill – open all-day, also great for drinks/lunch/dinner
  • Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone – great brunch scene and fun place to go for drinks
  • The Breakfast Club, Soho
  • Ozone Coffee Roasters, Leonard Street
  • 26 Grains, Neal’s Yard

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Restaurants (lunch/dinner):

  • Barrafina, Soho – the only walk-in Michelin star restaurant in the world. I wrote about our dinner there in a post a few weeks back, check it out here [click!]
  • Kingly Court – outdoor coffee/bar/restaurants/shops e.g. Pizza
  • Le Bun, Shoreditch – amazing truffle burgers
  • Osteria Basilico, Notting Hill – Italian food, super cozy/romantic date spot
  • Blanchette, Soho – Cute French restaurant/bar for a snack or drink
  • Gales Fish and Chips, Notting Hill – simply the best
  • Scalini, Chelsea – probably one of my favourite restaurants in the world. Italian. Come for a long lunch, share a bottle of white wine and just devour everything on the menu
  • Padella, Borough Market – insane, affordable, awesome staff – everything is amazing about this place–can’t even complain about the minimum 30 min wait. There’s always a line and they don’t take reservations. But its worth the wait. So worth it.
  • Entrecote, Marylebone – French restaurant that only serves steak, fries and sauce. Basically all you ever want in life.
  • Fucina, Marylebone – a new place that opened earlier this year. Delicious Italian food, incredible produce and a must for any truffle-lovers. Kind of expensive but nice for a special date night or a meal out with family. They also have a deli right next door, selling freshly baked bread, speads and other deliciousness
  • Sager and Wilde, Paradise Row – amazing food, great vibe, superb drinks–this is one of those spots I’ll come back to again and again and again. Their home-made focaccia is to die for!
  • Bone Daddies, Soho – famous ramen place + amazing margaritas
  • BAO Soho – baos basically. super yummy baos. Can even do this as an afternoon snack if you don’t want to do it for a full meal
  • Al Hamra, Mayfair – perfect for lunch for anyone into amazing Lebanese food…hummus, dips, meat, rolls…
  • Honest Burger – burger chain with some of the best burgers London has to offer. Personally I prefer Honest Burger over Patty & Bun
  • The Palomar, Rupert Street – Israeli food and one of the most popular spots in London right now. You’ll need a reservation at least a few days in advance so make sure you book in time
  • Harrods Pizzeria for overpriced yet incredible pizza
  • Bocca di Lupo, Soho – a bit over-priced for what it is but if you come here to just enjoy a good pasta, a glass of wine and don’t mind sitting at the bar, this is a great place to stop by for a yummy Italian meal
  • Flat Iron – steak and burger place. Extra bearnaise sauce everything
  • Ely’s Yard in Shoreditch is a food market area with food trucks, beer gardens and all that other fun stuff. They even had some live music when we were there. Try out Mother Clucker if you’re into fried chicken. I went for a nachos and beer. There are also some really cool shops in this area.

 

Stay:

  • Airbnb – any day! Message me if you want a direct link to the apartment we’ve been staying at every time we’ve gone to London in the last two years
  • Soho House, Shoreditch (Club Row room)
  • Blakes Hotel [click!]

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