August 31, 2016 Claudia 15Comment

London offers a lot, but it’s easy to get lost. You probably know the feeling, when you expect a lot, but end up in a place you don’t like, or have already been to a similar one. I always tend to google the nice places before I go somewhere, but let’s face it – the majority of the most positioned google sights are paid adverts, or non-updated info.

I like to explore cities in my own way, and simply enjoy sitting in a cafe, sipping a drink and watching what is going on around me. I like places ‘with a soul’ – wether it is a pink coffee shop serving fancy juices, or a cosy little hipster restaurant – I like the venues with the ‘it’ factor.

I prepared a short list of places I like to go, and would safely recommend to the people, who are planning a visit to London.

#1 COFFEE

Peggy Porschen Cakes

116 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QQ

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Very cute place in one of the most prestigious districts in western London. A lot of fashionistas and bloggers are around. It’s all pink, which makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale.

NAC

41 N Audley St, London W1K 6ZP, United Kingdom

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Another cool coffee shop, just off busy Oxford Street. You are in the central London, but you don’t feel like you are.

#2 DRINK

Vista at the Trafalgar

The Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Hotel, 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS, United Kingdom

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My favorite rooftop bar with the magnificent view! Be aware you can spend more than you should:) Don’t forget to book a table before you go.

Palm Court Brasserie

Royal Opera House, 39 King St, London WC2E 8JS, United Kingdom

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I discovered that vintage place recently, about a week ago. We had a great time sipping our prosecco – their interiors make you feel like you are travelling in time. Definitely recommend for all the vintage lovers!

#3 BREKKIE

Red Art Cafe

113 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB, United Kingdom

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Red Art is said to serve the best Turkish Menemen in London, according to Time Out, Sep 3, 2013. Well, I haven’t tried a lot of them-likes in my life, but this one was worth coming all the way to Dalston (up north)!

#4  FOOD

Mae Deli

21 Seymour Pl, London W1H 5BH, United Kingdom

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It’s my favorite food blogger’s place. Deliciously Ella’s Mae Deli serves a lot of #foodporn dishes, and they are not only vegan 🙂 Visit her deli in Mayfair to try the peanutbutter smoothie and  famous healthy lunch bowls!

Neal’s Yard

alight at Covent Garden

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Just sit anywhere in Neal’s Yard, order something mediterranean, a glass of wine and enjoy the view of colorful and narrow streets.  Oh, also – don’t try this on weekend 🙂

#5 JUNK FOOD/ STREET FOOD

Camden Market,

alight at Camden Station

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I absolutely adore Camden! Not only for its atmosphere, but for its food-choice-heaven! Just imagine something you would be fancy eating… and be sure you WILL find it there! Also – it’s the best spot for Hungover-Sundays:)

The House of Gözleme – Green Lanes

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Green Lanes in Haringey is to Turkish food what Savile Row is to suits‘. Well, they were absolutely right at londonist.com. I used to live in Haringey with my sister, and it became our tradition to grab Gözleme on our way to Finsbury Park on Sundays. Gözleme is a Turkish bread filled with delicious goodies such as lamb meat, spinach, halloumi etc. I would definitely recommend the House of Gozleme – it’s the place where the lady is preparing the ‘pastry’ is exposed for the outside.

#6 CHILL OUT

I absolutely adore the viewpoints. And who whould have thought London has such a great number of hills! My two favorite picnic/cigarette spots are:

Parliament Hill, alight at Gospel Oak

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Primrose Hill, alight at Chalk Farm

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There is also a shopping mall in the heart of the city – literally behind the magnificet St. Paul’s cathedral. Go to the top flor and order a glass of champagne, or simply go to the terrace. The entry is free of charge, and the view of London’s skyline is unforgettable.

One New Change Gallery

1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom

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