My journey began forgetting the camera and ended up losing the plane, but were wonderful days!
I have been to London several times and every time I find it different and progressed. This city we collects the new trends in various areas ranging from food to fashion through stores and new formats.
The stay this time was really short, and the city is huge, but I have been busy to find out almost all the spots that I had marked and now I share them with you. Obviously they are some of the many spots of London to see and visit.
I point out also some cool londoners Instagram profiles to follow before traveling to find hidden spots and frequented mostly by locals, or to make you inspire by London mood while staying at home:
BREAKFAST AND SNACK
West Six Garden Centre and Cafe – Hammersmith
This shop selling gardening and home accessories has within it a cafe where you can enjoy homemade cakes in a “green” environment.
E5 Bakehouse – Hackney
Organic cafe shop with sale of own products, bread and cakes. Perfect atmosphere.
26 Grains – Covent Garden
Porridge of all types and a choice of different cereals in a relaxing environment all wood and small seedlings. Ideal for lunch.
Richmond Hill Bakery
Small coffee shop on Richmond Hill, if you are in the area is perfect to have breakfast here.
Violet – Hackney
The owner Claire Ptak is a food writer and food stylist. All her cakes are made with organic ingredients and have a pleasant appearance.
The Mae Deli – Marylebone
A place for health and happiness, so it’s defined. In this place that gives happiness you find healthy and tasty dishes, accompanied by juices brightly colored. Light wood, more comfortable than that? The owner is Ella, delicious healty food bloggers.
Ottolenghi – Islington
The formats by Yotam Ottolenghi are always perfect. I liked it, minimalist and clean atmosphere with a social table along the restaurant, plus a few tables for two on the wall. The dishes are balanced and desserts are wonderful.
Nama – Notting Hill
Raw food restaurant. And luscious raw food restaurant with sushi vegan, matcha milk, tiramisu veg and many other interesting preparations, even for breakfast.
Wild Food Cafe – Soho
Here too raw food, creative and tasty.
Teanamu Chaya Teahouse – Notting Hill
£ 30 for an afternoon tea different from the usual, made from herbal tea + 3 assorted sandwiches, two kinds of dim sum and 5 different sweets. Reopens in spring 2016.
Sketch – Piccadilly Circus
A must. A visit to this place where each room has been set up in different theme you can not really avoid. For the afternoon tea it’s ideal.
Dishoom – Covent Garden
A Bombay cafe in London. Every day all day, in this place come from the student for breakfast to the rich Indian businessman for dinner. It includes all the style, low lights for a sophisticated but friendly service and modern. The dishes are Indians with contamination, also excellent cocktails.
Mildreds – Soho
Elegant and delicate albeit informal, frequented by Londoners, vegetarian cuisine that perfectly suites omnivores!
Baozi Inn – Chinatown
Noodles hand made every day and other Chinese dishes.
Lovely design for this Peruvian restaurant very attentive to the presentation, the menu is mainly based on fish that arrives daily from Cornwall, but there are several really interesting veg goodies like the crispy eggplant with miso and pecans.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday until 3 PM on Columbia Road flower market is held and the way, already interesting for its many shops, acquires a different and colorful soul. Go for good bagels at Cafe Columbia’s family run by the third generation. The shops on the street, open every day, are mostly home decor and stationery stores, here are three places not to be missed:
A real paradise for the home. Between cups, teapots, vases of all kinds, paintings, chairs, blankets and more. Inside also has a cafe. The owner is a hoot, talk to her for a dose of positivity.
The owner of this shop is an independent designer, his passions are collages and collecting. Almost everything about paper is here.
Brick Lane Market
Immediately after seeing the Columbia Flower Market you can walk to the close Brick Lane Market, the city’s most famous vintage market that takes place on Sunday until 5 PM. Antiques, vintage clothing and food. In this market, as well as in stores on the way, you find really everything. To eat, go to the Sunday UpMarket where there is a huge space dedicated to gastronomy with street food from around the world. For a slice of cake sitting go to the Kahaila Cafe.
Open every day except Sunday until 17, you can buy quality raw foods, and eat at one of the many delicious multiethnic street food that are inside.
Every Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, craftsmanship and quality food from the countryside with several places to stop and eat, one among all Tiosk with natural quality food.
Portobello Road Market
The market takes place every day but Saturday craftsmen open the shop and the way it gives the best of itself. Do not miss the Alice’s store with household items of every type and vintage pieces; who loves flowers laps in a side street of Portobello Road called Westbourne Grove and go see the wonderful shop Wild at Heart.
Aria – Islington
Home furnishings and home accessories.
Pentreath & Hall – Holborn
Supplies and colorful stationery.
Pitfield – Hoxton
Vintage accessories for home and plants.
The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers
Wonderful flower shop and home accessories.