Less traditional than the non-less famous Brick Lane Bookshop (10 minutes away) Libreria will make you step into a brand new world. Its looks quite obscure and really classic from the outside but once you’ve opened the door, a world of colours dazzles you. The shelves are endless and you better forget the typical science-fi, thrillers or art sections. Instead books are grouped by ideas! So there you go with ‘The Future and the Death’, ‘Mothers, Madonna, Whores’, or ‘Despair and Redemption’.
Mobile phones are banned (sorry snapchat lovers) so you can purely enjoy the great atmosphere of the boutique. Just grab a book, find a corner and make you comfortable.
N.B : For the ones interested they run risograph printing workshops in the basement.
Kyoto Garden is a gem hidden inside an other one. Located in the heart of the beautiful Holland Park, the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens, with its colours and arrangements, is from spring to winter a treat for the eyes.
This garden is a combination of impressive photogenicity and invitingly peaceful setting mean that it’s one of London’s least-secret ‘secret’ gardens.
It was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto, in recognition of the Japan Festival held in London in 1992 — (including the first international sumo wrestling competition at the nearby Royal Albert Hall!) so why don’t you check it out if you are around?
Voted the best department store in the world, Selfridges has all the latest designer collections, must-have toys & gifts for all the family. It comes just after Harrods for the size and I would say that despite their renown it’s a lot less eccentric than Harrods or even Liberty.
But if you are a shoes lover you should be aware that Selfridges is often celebrated for its huge shoes department. Kind of a Carrie Bradshaw’s paradise. And we are talking of both affordable and premium brands. At the end of the sales you can easily find some good bargain. Their sales are sometimes going up to 70% off!
Moreover The Wonder Bar in Selfridges has an Enomatic Wine System that allows customers to sample from 52 different wines before purchasing!
To sum up, if you are on a budget during your London trip but still wanna experience the posh side of London, you then know even fancy department stores can have good deals and that you don’t need to pay the full price to get drunk!
L’eau à la bouche is a delicatessen with fine french basics where you can stop by to have a coffee, a soup, a salad or whatever the daily menu will offers you. The atmosphere is warm and cosy on winters, and fresh and sunny on summer days. Go there for their cheese selection and for the smell of fresh coffee. Thing is, the place gets quite crowded on weekend (don’t even think to have lunch there on market’s days) but if you are looking for quality products and are a food lover that a place to stop by. Oh and their cakes as well are to die for!
The East London Liquor Company is a beautiful venue with a great pedigree. Located in the historical Bow Warf, they transformed an old glue factory into a gin distillery where you can drink glam delicious cocktails (with home made gin, of course!) and nice food. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that it’s buried in a small industrial park beside the canal, the place is a gem! It is best to seek advice from the bartenders who are truly passioned and will be delighted to guide you. You can for sure grab a beer but going there and not try their Negroni or Autumn Wood would be a shame.
The Chesterfield is at the beginning of Roman Road and 5 minutes away from us. It’s a cool place to relax in one of their huge sofa. They have nice cakes, nice toasted sandwiches, bagels, salads and the menu is changing really often. Nothing glam or hip and probably not the most instagramable place, but coffee and food are good and they have a endless sofas room. Between Victoria Park, Mile End and Bethnal green.
Go to Roman Road Market and on the return stop by the coffee shop for a warm sandwich.
Broadway Market starts from London Field to Regent’s Canal and hosts a lovely food market every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. London streets are packed with every kind of markets these days, and the best known ones are too often overcrowded. Broadway Market is busy, but its location, a bit harder to find, discourages the tourists. It is a delightful way to spend few hours on a sunny day. Close to Regent’s canal path walk, and 2 minutes from London Fields. I would highly recommend it to you; this is a true food haven where price and quality are matching. From lobster brioche to traditional scotch eggs (or even vintage teapot) I am sure you’ll find something to bright up your day.
(It is also rumoured that the old Broadway Market partly inspired the BBC soap opera EastEnders…)
Buzzy destination for Indian street food in Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & eclectic touches. Book in advance otherwise you might need to wait for a table for hours. But if you are patient enough it’s worth it. Lots of flavours in a really nice atmosphere. The food is modern and served like tapas.
Dishoom is good for breakfast and it’s less crowded. It’s also good to know that they have good vegetarian options. Shoreditch, Soho, Kings Cross, Kensington and even Edinburg have their own Dishoom. (but each of them are quite different)
Located in Whitechapel, Tayyabs is one other East-london institution. Much-loved Punjabi restaurant serving aromatic, and spicy dishes. Should be on the bucket list of everyone living in the capital. From its original premises in a small café, it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. ( Don’t plan your date there!)
Don’t even think to go there without booking, except if you want to queue during 30 min.
The menu is simple but perfectly executed and BYO keeps the costs down. (Don’t forget to order their buttery nans.)
The Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK. Both fascinating and gruesome, this museum is a true hidden gem in London. With its collection of bizarre and unusual anatomical things you have everything from two headed cats to a collection of human genetalia. Nothing more real!
The museum is free but unfortunately will be closed till 2020 while the Royal College of Surgeons building is redeveloped.
Did you know that early surgeons did not require a medical degree to become a surgeon? Surgeons became qualified by attending lectures and serving apprenticeships before gaining a diploma. A medical degree only became compulsory in the 20th century.