Dear Summer, can you come back pretty please? Love London x In true Brit style the main thing everyone has been talking about recently is the summer showers. It’s certainly dampening everyone’s mood right now! 😉 As it’s my last plan-free weekend until September I’m torn on the best way to spend it. On the one hand I’m restless to get out after a week in the office. On the other, I’ve got some life admin to sort after a few weeks of summer socialising and bad weather is one of the few things that will keep me indoors. Fingers crossed for a balance of both (a little sunshine would certainly go down well either way!).
Carsten Höller: Decision – It’s not very often that you’d describe an exhibition as ‘fun’, but from what I’ve seen of Carsten’s immersive exhibition at the Haywood Gallery (which ends with a slide!), it certainly looks like a laugh.
Salon Brixton – Brixton Village is usually the first place that comes to mind when looking for somewhere to eat in Brixton, but it looks like the area’s restaurant scene is breaking out of the market back drop with this seasonal British restaurant. I discovered its existence through Giulia in this great interview (where you’ll find plenty of other recommendations).
Clerkenwell & Social – I’m always on the hunt for a new place to enjoy a cocktail hour and this literary-themed bar in Clerkenwell is right up my street as an English Grad, (although those days seem SO long ago now I never know if it’s worth mentioning?!). You can read a good review here.
Maître Choux – For anyone who, like me, sadly hasn’t made it to Paris yet this looks like the perfect place to transport yourself across the channel. With a 3 Michelin Star pastry chef at its helm, a tasty treat is guaranteed!
Kenwood House – Hampstead Heath seems so far north of the river that I’ve only managed to explore it once! But after discovering via The Londoner that on its border you’ll find the estate that featured in Notting Hill and has an expanse of long grass to ramble in I had to put it on the list.
Picturehouse Central – I love a good cinema date and Picturehouse always provides a much nicer experience than the big chains. They’ve recently expanded their empire into central London with a new cinema near Piccadilly Circus (complete with a ground floor cafe and 1st floor restaurant). It looks like the perfect place for an evening out.
Bageriet, Covent Garden – I saw this Swedish bakery in Timeout a good few weeks ago. Then more recently I spotted it down a side street in Covent Garden, which reminded me to add it to the visit list. It’s certainly looks like a great place to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Mayfield Lavender Farm – My friend Ashley shared a picture of her weekend trip to this lavender farm on our Whatsapp group and I was instantly jealous. Imagine the smell and all the photo opportunities! Over the following few days it popped up on Instagram twice, which is surely a sign to go check it out. The nearest train stations looks like Belmont which runs from London Victoria.
Tart, Clapham – Living in South West London means I’m always on the look out for new places to try in the area as (obviously) it’s just so convenient. This little cafe on the border of Clapham Common sells savoury tarts, a nice option for a weekend lunch I think!
Honey & Co – This is really just another reminder (for me 🙂 ) to try this highly-rated Middle-eastern restaurant. It looks like a great place for a big meal with friends and I’ve never heard a bad word about it. There’s also two books (this one and this one) to help you recreate the experience at home.
Follow of the fortnight: CandidsbyJo.com – I’ve followed Jo for a while on Instagram and only recently discovered her blog. It’s full of so many beautiful pictures of places in London that it should give you some inspiration to pick up your camera and go out exploring.