ULTIMATE GUIDE // London
It wasn’t my first time in London, or even the last time. And even though London is too stressful and chaotic for me, I’ll always love to come back and discover more. Just like it was this time. I’ve stayed in a quiet neighbourhood Hackney in a nice Airbnb flat with a rooftop terrace that was full of plants and cats. So it was just for me, haha. I’ve had more days for exploring this time, so I'm bringing you even more tips and places to see.
This area became really famous these day. Very industrial, full of life and pretty corners. I had a chance to try a sushi place with friends and I would definitely come back next time - NANASHI SHOREDITCH. I would highly recommend walking through Rivington Street, great for photos. I can’t forget my favourite coffee place OZONE COFFEE ROASTERS. Also shop AIDA, LE LABO FRANGRANCES and Brick Lane - street with vintage shops (for example HERE AFTER). Other coffee places which I have to visit next time - ORIGIN COFFEE ROASTERS, SHOREDITCH GRIND.
As I was walking back to my airbnb, I walked through Columbia Road which is well known for its flower markets every Sunday. It all sounds great unless you are introvert like me and not a big fan of crowds. I would recommend go through Hackney Road which is full of nice shops and cafés. I had the best grilled cheese sandwich and coffee at LANARK COFFEE. Gosh, it was so good! If you’re looking for sustainable clothes, you will love HENRI LONDON. And if you’re tired of walking, HACKNEY CITY FARM is a good place to hide in. It’s a little piece of English countryside in London.
Even though I usually travel with carry-on and I can’t buy any plants, I like to visit plant shops. Just for an inspiration and to please my eyes. CONSERVATORY ARCHIVES and FLOWER WAREHOUSE were so beuatiful. EARL OF EAST LONDON - a cute little barn where you can buy really good soy candles and even see how they’re made. My favourite smell is SMOKE & MUSK. It’s worth to visit E5 BAKEHOUSE - something for artisan bread geeks. The most beautiful shop is definitely STRAW and MOMOSAN SHOP right next to it. Something for interior freaks like me.
I’ve been pretty lucky in terms of weather. It was sunny every day so walking around Covent Garden in the late afternoon was kind of magical because the light was really good. All the colourful houses was even more bright thanks to the evening sun. There was this beautiful stationery shop called CHOOSING KEEPING. And I can’t forget to mention my favourite NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES, a brand with organic skincare, THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM & 26 GRAINS. The sunset looked promising so what I would recommend is go get some fish & chips and eat it at Southbank on a bench while watching the sunset by the Thames.
Let’s move more to the center. I always love to buy good coffee beans and tea while traveling, so I went to POSTCARD TEAS and TAYLOR ST BARISTAS. Both places highly recommended. If you’ll get tired of crowded streets full of tourist, you can walk a little bit further and hide in hidden streets called MEWS.
My last stop before I continued more south was the ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH where is a really nice view of the city. So bye now London! You were really stressful at first but I then it got better once I found quiet places to hide. And I hope you’ll enjoy your next visit in London and that this guide will be useful to you.