What can we say about Buckingham Palace that you wouldn’t already know?
If you are in the neighbourhood it’s worth the sight, as it’s still a major monument in London, but I won’t bother to stop by for the changing of the guards. Except if you enjoy being packed in a sweaty crowd where half of the people are doing selfies with their selfie-sticks.
But you can buy tickets to visit the inside of the Palace at different times of the year.
Green Park in front, is nice and the flowers are all year long stunning.
Ariana is a truly charming restaurant offering a wide range of delicious traditional Persian and Afghan dishes. The restaurant is in the centre of Mile End, and Ariana’s terrace is seating right in Mile End Park. It’s definitely the to go place for an exclusive relaxed lunch. I always recommend that restaurant to our guest eager to try asian food (away from the crowd) and remind them to order some home made bread on side (don’t miss it!). Their menu will provide you generous proportion for a really affordable price.
So far I can’t remember anyone who was not totally pleased by their cuisine.
Paris has Les Galeries Lafayette, New York has Bloomingdales, but in London we have the shiny and eternal Harrods! Harrods is sparkling from every corner; from high tea to diamonds you will forever be dazzled by that surrealistic department store.
But here’s few fun facts you probably don’t know about Harrods:
• Harrods was first established in London Stepney Green as a tea merchant and grocery store.
• Winnie-the-Pooh was found in Harrods.
• An Egyptian cobra once has been hired to guard a £62,000 pair of of haute couture ruby-sapphire-and diamond-encrusted sandals.
• A silver replica of Harrods is on display on the store’s lower ground floor. This was a gift from Gordon Selfridge when he lost a bet with the Harrods managing director.
• You can buy gold bullion off the shelf.
• Noel Coward, writer and playwright bought an alligator in Harrods Pet Shop one Christmas. A baby elephant was also sold by Harrods as a present to Ronald Reagan.
• Have you heard about the story of Christian the lion? Bought in Harrods in the late sixties and release in Kenya years after? If not, that’s a great story including a happy ending. > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk
A London institution. Beigel Bake is 24-hour bakery known for traditional Jewish-style filled bagels such as salt beef and smoked salmon. Are you going out in Shoreditch? Beigel Bake is the perfect take away before and after hangover. Nothing glamorous or trendy (that is the best part!) about the place but definitely the best bagels I’ve ever tried in London. If you are in East London with less than £5 in your pocket and pass by Brick Lane this is the place for you!
A calm Vegan and Vegetarian Spot in the Hustle and Bustle
The Gallery Cafe is a lovely charity-driven vegetarian and vegan spot hosting art exhibitions and events. Conveniently located in a great location; near a Boris Bike pick-up point, Victoria Park, Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green tube station, Brick Lane and more, it is perfect if you’re spending a few hours in East London!
During summer weekends, you can bask in the sunshine on the sun- trap terrace and back garden, whilst spending the rest of the year getting cosy inside the cafe with nice music, access to speedy wifi, and friendly faces.
The cafe have we won Best Cafe in Bethnal Green at the Time Out Love London Awards for the last three consecutive years, and all profits generated by Gallery Cafe go straight back into charity, so by hanging around, you’ll not only enjoy award-winning food, drinks and good vibes, you’ll also be helping to support the local community.
The backyard is great on summer but the fresh vegan burger and home made fries are why you should stop by! The place is charming and I warmly recommend it to you, vegan or food lover.
Located near Mile End Underground Station Rusty Bike Pub aims to offer Great Beer and Thai Food. You will find a relaxed and a canteen-style atmosphere. If you are looking for a lively spot in a cosy atmosphere that’s the place to go.
You don’t like sport pubs? No worries at all, just go in the back where you can still enjoy comfortable sofas and fresh Thai food for a very reasonable price without TV.
The duck spring roll is a great way to start, as are deep-fried sweet potatoes with sesame. So on a Friday night, or on a Sunday afternoon that the popular place to be in Mile End.
The Palm Tree is a middle-of-nowhere Mile End venue for something money can’t buy – a Cockney experience!
Its canalside position is appealing to summer strollers, but it’s the evening vibe that’s the real draw. There’s often a live band, and since there are no neighbours within shouting distance, late-night knees-ups often get lairy.
It’s just so refreshing to visit somewhere with a distinct lack of hipsters. That is a place to go if you are tired of trendy and hipster over-crowded areas and wish to experience the true east-ender late night.
N.B : Take some cash with you as they’ve never had any card machine.
London’s Very Own Home of BBQ, Blues & Rock’n’Roll
Blues Kitchen is definitely one of my to-go-place when I want to dance in Shoreditch. They have a restaurant and a late night bar serving nice cocktails and they host the best blues in London. Cool live-band music, colourful cocktails, great American BBQ classic/New Orleans soul food will be the perfect mix to start your evening.
If you wanna try their cuisine be sure to book in advance as the restaurant gets really packed on weekends. The bar and music will stop before 3 am.
The Museum of London document you the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. You will also be able to have a look on the London wall as it is build on it.
Tourist, family day out, academic… etc permanent (free) and temporary exhibitions will please everybody. There are loads of interactive activities where you are 100% sure to learn thousands of facts and hidden gems about London.
From the galleries devoted to pre-historic London to the time of the Roman conquests to Henry VIII to the Beatles – everything is covered here. A fascinating show of photographs of modern-day Londoners is displayed on the undulating walls outside the museum. But the very best part is the surrealistic feeling you will get going through antics surrounded by a really modern neighbour.
You cannot say you know London if you haven’t stopped there before!
The Greedy Cow in Mile End was created by two brothers with discerning tastes, a love of good food and a strong belief in value for money. This is mainly what you should expect from it.
The chef prepares all the original classics with the usual adornments – such as the classic burger, cooked medium and served in a soft sourdough bun with beef tomato and sliced red onions, and the sirloin steak, aged for 21 days to ensure a tender, flavoursome result – while more exotic meats keep the menu fresh and exciting. Wagyu, kangaroo, bison and crocodile are turned into classic burger in Greedy Cow, and it’s worth to try!
Otherwise I would definitely recommend their bar and their selection of beers (made in Brick Lane), it’s a place where going by yourself won’t matter as their staff is always friendly and chatty 😉