What to do in London
It’s crazy that I write about so many places yet rarely talk about what to do in London…
I was born in East London (1983) but spent most of my growing years in Essex although as we got older, and discovered pubs and clubs, we ventured ‘into town’ most weekends to explore what London had to offer. I spent many years working and living in London and loved every minute of it, from Knightsbridge to Mayfair, Tottenham Court and Holborn but most importantly Shoreditch and Hackney, that’s my favourite spot by a city mile. It has absolutely everything you could possibly want from lovely open space, such as Victoria Park and London Fields, to the bustling streets of Brick lane and mysterious nightlife of Curtain Road.
Most weekends I would spend around the markets, saturday Broadwalk Market and sunday Brick Lane Market, and what more could you want, with great craft beers, great coffee, great photo opportunities, great street art, great street acts, great food, great bars, great pubs, great cocktails, great music venues and most importantly great pie and mash at F.Cooke which has been in Broadway for over 100 years and salt beef biegel’s in Brick lane 24/7.
As a ‘foodie’ I absolutely love it here as there is so much on offer from a quick, tasty snack like a Biegel (for those that don’t know what I’m talking about you may refer to it as a Bagel – but us Jews like to stick to Biegel’s) to tapas at Tamontana Brindisa or Laxiero or even better, a steak at The Hawksmoor, my favourite restaurant in London – maybe i’ll be able to make a tasty rib eye one day!
Another hidden little gem is Story deli which in my opinion is the best pizza in London, you pay for quality, and its such a great yet simple setting with good wine and good food – take a few good friends and you couldn’t ask for much more. Then there is also anther favourite spot of mine called Franze and Evans. which is located on Redchurch street. The coffee is lovely, so creamy and thick, yet smooth, the staff are all lovely, always smiling, and ready to help explain about all their wonderful food and what a display they have…you walk in and you are hit with three rows of lovely salads, which is a big statement coming from me who loves The Hawksmoor so much, a banquet of croissants with deep yellow italian eggs, pastries, cakes and different home-made dishes every day, you never know what to expect but I can assure you only good things!
After a morning stroll around the markets a good coffee at Brick Lane Coffee, or if you’re hung over go for the Banana Frappe, its then time for a little snack which is where Broadway comes into its own….sooooo many street stalls and so many flavours to suit everyone’s appetite. I prefer it to Portobello Road, as whilst it is becoming more and more popular, its not such a tourist trap and just feels like you’re surrounded by ‘real’ people and getting a good taste of East London. Again, if you’re nursing a hangover try The Cat and Mutton for an amazing Bloody Mary or a phenomenal sunday roast, I could keep going, in fact I will… check out my instagram for the Duck Confit Brioche which I would probably trade a kidney for and possibly trade the other for a Deeney’s Haggis toastie. After visiting Deeney’s with a sore head and furry tongue, probably from too many Jagers at The Gun or too many salt beef biegel’s, I was greeted with a big smile and a quote that changed every hangover I have ever had since – ‘this will change your life’ – and I’m pretty sure it did.
So now you’ve had your coffee, you’ve lined your stomach so its time for another cheeky cocktail and what better way to go then an Espresso Martini at The Boundary or if you’re really struggling and want to chill out with a film then there’s only one place, Aubin cinema, and you can still have a cheeky Espresso Martini.
I’ve not even touched the surface of what to do in London and I’m heavily biased towards the East but there is also so many other places to explore and so many things to do from watching The Killers at Wembley, Monsters of Men at Somerset House, Picnic’s in the Regents Park, Ice Skating in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and enjoying hearing stories about homeless guys who became street artists after sketching their dog to get a night in a shelter. So get out there, enjoy it, explore and discover for yourself what to do in London!