Summer travel: Why I love London
I was lucky enough to travel to London this past week and I don’t think Britain has seen that much sun in decades. I’m pretty sure everyone made any excuse they could to be outside as long as possible because – it was stunning outside throughout the week.
What I love most about cities like London are the outside spots: the myriad cafes, bars and restaurants, whether they are permanent features or just makeshift places set up to take advantage of that blessed sunshine. They give a life and a vibrancy to the streets and put a literal spring in your step as you hop to and from each space. Having one or two drinks at each stop doesn’t hurt either!
Here’s a couple of my favourite spots throughout the city for your next trip, and I hope the weather is just as good next time around.
This Aussie-style cafe has become a landmark on Great Titchfield Street although they now have a second branch on Eastcastle. It is superbly designed, and obviously serves great coffee.
This is a fantastic restaurant, and celeb hang-out, in a Grade II listed building in Marylebone that also benefits from having the Monocle cafe nearby, you won’t be far from great drink, pub fare, coffee and news. A small village in the middle of the city.
This street in Shoreditch is full of awesome coffee shops, boutique clothing brands, a cool co-working space and the relatively new Ace Hotel, which makes for a great morning, or evening, out. Check out places like The Bricklayers Arms, Black/White, The Bedroom Bar and Korrito. It’s not far to the great Brick Lane market, either.
For those nights where a rousing round of everything you can imagine is in order, head to The Punchbowl for proper drinking in a proper Georgian era pub in the heart of Mayfair.