‘I live in Newington Green. I love that it has the best selection of health food stores. Mother Earth, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic are all nearby and Newington Green Fruit & Vegetables has become famous for its varied selection – it was even featured in Vogue. Visit Planet Organic for the best selection of raw chocolate in London.
‘Dover Street Market is a great example of clever retail. I used to be in the fashion industry and every time I miss it, I make a visit here. Donlon Books has a diverse selection of hard-to-find books. They specialise in artists’ books and photobooks. I can spend hours here. The Peanut Vendor is a wonderful store filled with previously loved and treasured pieces of furniture and homeware. Mouki is a beautiful lifestyle store on Chiltern Street. The idea behind it is “clothes that get better with time, jewellery that will last forever, and beauty products that will make every day special.”
‘Four friends created Trangallán, a gem of a restaurant in a former social club in Newington Green. Fresh, local ingredients combined with Mediterranean flavours draw on the chef’s culinary adventures in Tuscany, Catalunya and Provence. Each plate of food is exceptional! Nopi offers sunny flavours, typically from the Middle East and Asia – what’s not to like?
‘Sushi Tetsu consists of one man, his wife, seven seats and the best Japanese food in town. This traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi bar in Clerkenwell is where I go to celebrate. Chef Toru sources the finest ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes, a celebration of simple, clean food, while chatting to diners. For the best experience let him choose what you eat.
‘When friends visit, I take them on one of my favourite walks. Starting at Borough Market on a Friday, we walk along to Tate Modern and end at the Skylon bar at the Royal Festival Hall for an afternoon cocktail and the view across the Thames.
‘I can regularly be found in Bodega 50, a café across from the Shakespeare in Allen Road. Jason, the owner, sources the best healthy cakes (I’m addicted to the linseed and berry one) and Japanese twig tea. It’s an essential weekend ritual. I have a lot of relaxation rituals – tea and the weekend papers, shopping at the local farmers’ market and, after a particularly busy period, I check myself into the St Pancras Spa for the day and use the sauna, steam and pool before one of their treatments. I love the Victorian tiled bathing area.
‘I love the walk along the river from Richmond to the Petersham Nurseries café and plant nursery. They have a beautiful restaurant and café. I love sitting in the antique greenhouse – it feels like you are far away from the bustle of London. The store has a beautiful collection of antiques, homewares and gifts.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is hidden away from the street and is on the site of the old Eastern Curve railway line which once linked Dalston Junction Station to the goods yard and the North London line. Filled with wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs, the garden includes large raised beds where Dalston residents can grow food.
At Kew Gardens I love the sense of history and time you get from walking around the gardens. The Victoria and Albert Museum is definitely my favourite in London.
‘My insider tip would be: walk. Things are much closer than you think and the best parts of London are missed if you travel by tube.’
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