I lived in London for my Masters degree, I love the city and I love going back discovering new places and visiting old friends. London has just such an amazing mentality of sticking with traditions and adapting new things really fast at the same time. You can find the most amazing modern designed flagship stores right next to a decades old traditional pub. You can reserve your table online for basically every restaurant but get there with a funny old London cab.
Here a quick guide to London with some impressions of where we spent our time during our last visit:
We had Late Breakfast at Borough Market, which is also nice just to wander around or to stop by for some cheese tasting. We took this London Dry Gin as a Souvenir, as you know we like to try out different kinds of Gin, so we found it to be a great addition to our little collection.
I wrote about Otto Lenghi’s oriental fusion kitchen before and about the beautiful cook book he published. Since I love it, we stopped by again during our last visit and tried all kinds of salads and of course we did not leave out to try the desserts.
A great area to stroll around to shop and window shop is Covent Garden and Seven Oaks, a lot of stores have their flagship stores in London so make sure you have a look around.
Walking up Carnaby Street you bump right into Liberty’s, which is probably the most traditional department store and wonderful too wander around.
Islington, is a beautiful area to just stroll around and pick up a bit of East London’s flair. You can find little stores and markets just north of Angel station … and those cute colorful doors and houses everywhere…
We had Sunday Roast at The Albion, which was just lovely and very traditional english.
You can’t leave out one of London’s first Gastro Pubs, we stopped by The Eagle to have the traditional Fish and Chips and a Burger.
A bar that is probably not so much of a secret anymore but still worth a visit is the Experimental Cocktail Club. Located in the middle of China Town it’s difficult to find, watch out for a black door without number in between the Chinese Shops. You need to head up a narrow staircase, the bar is spread on three floors and as the name says the cocktails are experimental, so make sure to come in eager to try out something new.
Another bar to recommend if you like wine is Vagabond Wines on Charlotte Street. You get to charge a card and try out different wines from the dispenser, in sips or in glasses.
It seems we spent a lot of time eating and drinking, I will be back soon and keep you posted on further tipps, by the way, I already published a post on the hotel we stayed at …