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“by seeing london, i’ve seen as much as the world can show” – samuel johnson

old sammy boy may’ve been slightly biased–what with the whole ‘tired of london, tired of life’ diatribe (clearly he never had to take the 43 bus home from old street on a rainy monday night)–but he had a point. if you can’t find a way to amuse yourself in london, you may be beyond pleasing.

try, for starters, the vibrant, bustlingly dickensian borough market for brunch with a limitless menu of sarnies, salads, raclettes,  paellas, mezzes, cakes and more (with plenty to sample)…

borough market

go for the smoked toulouse sausage sandwich with rocket and mustard and a flat white coffee (a bargain for six quid as it’s a three-mealer, i.e., breakfast, lunch and dinner all-in-one)

smoked toulouse sausage from borough market

then follow it up with a clove-filled mulled wine (three quid) served up with a smile (free)…

mulled wine at borough market

if you’re up for stroll, venture down the south bank and catch a free concert along the way under blackfriars bridge

blackfriars tunnel quartet

brave the crowds at the tate modern or hop on a bus down to shoreditch to check out some galleries for something completely different. like PETROL, a show of painted car bonnets, at signal gallery on curtain road…

curtain road gallery

or just walk around to see the art on the street.

curtain road grafitti

cordy house

total cost for all that food and culture = 11 quid.


this one’s for the lovely cybele, who’s been helping me get settled in the sydney office and is heading to london on holiday. here are just a few of my favourite bars and restaurants in london:

angel / upper street

the albion 
perfect for warm summer evening, this gastro pub has a beautiful garden to dine in
10 thornhill road, N1 1HW

the angelic
gorgeous gastro pub for brunch or just a pint
57 liverpool rd n1
+44 20 7278 8433

breakfast club
some of the best brunch in town, but get there early or late because there’s usually a wait
31 camden passage, N1 8EA

elk in the woods
my absolute favourite spot for brunch and pre-upper street shopping
39 camden passage, Islington, N1 8EA

low key but sophisticated thai restaurant with lovely intimate courtyard in the back
119 upper street, N1 1QP

le mercury
romantic candlelit french bistro with cheap as chips gourmet dishes worth three times the price
140A upper street, N1 1QY

s+m = sausage and mash. plain and simple comfort food that’s like a warm blanket for the day after the night before…
4-6 essex road, N1 8LN

feng sushi
this is a sushi chain but the best location is the borough restaurant by far. go on a saturday as the front of the restaurant is open and you can watch the bustle of the borough market…good people watching, good sushi
13 stoney street SE1 9AD

if you like fish, this is your plaice (har)
cathedral street, borough market SE1 9AL

gorgeous restaurant over the borough market—does what it says on the tin
the floral hall, stoney street, SE1 1TL


edinboro castle
my cousin used to run this lively place—best on a sunny day for a pimm’s in the beer garden
57 mornington terrace, NW1 7RU

jamon jamon
chilled out spot for tapas before a night out; also good for brunch if you like a good tortilla and café con leche
38 parkway, NW1 7AH

dim sum restaurant that’s perfect for lots of little tasters of absolutely delicious chinese foods
29-31 parkway, NW1 7PN


gordon’s wine bar
one of my favourite spots in london, especially on a warm summer evening—it’s the oldest wine bar in london. have a glass of wine in the romantic, dark catacombs downstairs or grab a plate of cheese and bread and share it outside on the grass or at the tables in the alley
7 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE

notting hill

aphrodite taverna
by no means a scene, this is a family restaurant with delicious greek food and warm hospitality—the owner will most likely come over and have a chat
15 hereford road, W2 4AB

beach blanket babylon
this spot, on the other hand, IS a scene…but fun for the alice in wonderland type vibe and great cocktails (be sure to check out the one in shoreditch too)

primrose hill

the hill
slightly pretentious but fun gastropub with good wine
94 haverstock hill, NW3 2BD


beach blanket babylon
good way to start a night out in shoreditch…good food but even better scene
19-23 bethnal green rd, E1 6LA

big chill
a shoreditch old faithful, this is a great spot for a drink after a day at spitalfields and pre-brick lane curry
the truman brewery, dray walk, off brick lane, E1 6QL

vibe bar
one of my favourite bars, either sit outside on the picnic tables or lounge inside in the dirty gritty den
the old truman brewery, brick lane E1


my favourite tapas restaurant in london—sophisticated and reminiscent of a catalan tapas bar. go early in the evening, because there are no reservations and there’s usually a line (worth it)
54 frith street W1D 4SL

absolutely delicious and very noisy—you share tables with others—another one you have to line up for (but worth it)
106-110 wardour street, W1F 0TR

crown and two chairmen
my cousin manages this place—the best pub in london! go in and say hello to craig 🙂
31 dean street, W1D 3RZ

red fort
i haven’t been yet but I hear this is some of the best indian in town

 south bank

oxo tower
head here for an elegant drink or dinner and one of the best views of london
OXO tower wharf, barge house street, SE1 9PH

and last but not least…

st johns
my absolute favourite place for a date and truly wonderful meal–not the prettiest area but worth it for the atmostphere of this beloved gastropub (call for reservations)
91 junction road, archway, N19 5QU
020 7272 1587

enjoy! x