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Gerda’s guidebook - London

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Gerda’s guidebook - London

Neighbourhoods
Islington is cool, chic and just a little bit fancy without being too showy. Sitting pretty in the north of the city in the London Borough of Islington. With a mix of high-end writer-types & the smart city workers, you’ll also find students from London’s universities hanging out in the local bars and cafés. Located in the north of the city near Camden and Hackney, Islington is a 30-minute walk from the city centre. The borough is really well connected by the Underground ­– there are ten tube stops near the Islington area including Angel, Farringdon and King's Cross. You may hear a little bit more French being spoken around the area as the Eurostar terminal is located on the Islington border at St Pancras station. Upper Street is the place to be seen with restaurants, bars and quirky homewares stores attracting the fashionistas. There’s loads to do and it's a highly desirable area to live in for a lot of people moving to the city.
London Borough of Islington
Islington is cool, chic and just a little bit fancy without being too showy. Sitting pretty in the north of the city in the London Borough of Islington. With a mix of high-end writer-types & the smart city workers, you’ll also find students from London’s universities hanging out in the local bars and cafés. Located in the north of the city near Camden and Hackney, Islington is a 30-minute walk from the city centre. The borough is really well connected by the Underground ­– there are ten tube stops near the Islington area including Angel, Farringdon and King's Cross. You may hear a little bit more French being spoken around the area as the Eurostar terminal is located on the Islington border at St Pancras station. Upper Street is the place to be seen with restaurants, bars and quirky homewares stores attracting the fashionistas. There’s loads to do and it's a highly desirable area to live in for a lot of people moving to the city.
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Shoreditch
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Food scene
Chilled atmosphere & the best coffee in the area and at night it becomes a cocktail bar
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Shoreditch Grind
213 Old St
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Chilled atmosphere & the best coffee in the area and at night it becomes a cocktail bar
80s referencing, fry up slinging chain The Breakfast Club has popped up all over London, but this tiny spot in Camden Passage is a stand out. There’s a cardboard cutout of Elvis to welcome you in, a large courtyard out the back (if you’re not too hungover) and more breakfast options that you can shake a coffee mug at. It’s actually open all day and its brunches are legendary. Try the salted caramel banoffee pancakes.
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The Breakfast Club Angel
31 Camden Passage
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80s referencing, fry up slinging chain The Breakfast Club has popped up all over London, but this tiny spot in Camden Passage is a stand out. There’s a cardboard cutout of Elvis to welcome you in, a large courtyard out the back (if you’re not too hungover) and more breakfast options that you can shake a coffee mug at. It’s actually open all day and its brunches are legendary. Try the salted caramel banoffee pancakes.
Gastropub with stripped-down decor serving organic beer & wine, meat & sustainable fish.
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The Duke of Cambridge
30 St Peter's St
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Gastropub with stripped-down decor serving organic beer & wine, meat & sustainable fish.
Seasonally-inspired sharing plates with worldwide influences alongside bar and coffee roastery. Perfect for brunches and it has a lovely outside seating
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Caravan Exmouth Market
11-13 Exmouth Market
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Seasonally-inspired sharing plates with worldwide influences alongside bar and coffee roastery. Perfect for brunches and it has a lovely outside seating
-One of our absolute favourite restaurants in London. Amazing food in an incredible setting. Has a great bar for drinks, as well. -Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi in cool design setting with 38th-floor Heron Tower views. -To note: It must be booked far in advance, so please do contact us if you would like to us to try and reserve a table
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SUSHISAMBA London
110 Bishopsgate
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-One of our absolute favourite restaurants in London. Amazing food in an incredible setting. Has a great bar for drinks, as well. -Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi in cool design setting with 38th-floor Heron Tower views. -To note: It must be booked far in advance, so please do contact us if you would like to us to try and reserve a table
Mark Hix's casual chicken-and-steak restaurant within former East End tram-generator building, featuring the famous Damien Hirst Cow art installation in the middle of the restaurant.
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Tramshed
32 Rivington St
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Mark Hix's casual chicken-and-steak restaurant within former East End tram-generator building, featuring the famous Damien Hirst Cow art installation in the middle of the restaurant.
American steaks and wines are the focus at this high-end, white-tablecloth spot decked in mahogany. -£££
Smith & Wollensky
1-11 John Adam St
American steaks and wines are the focus at this high-end, white-tablecloth spot decked in mahogany. -£££
Hawksmoor is a British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain. The original establishment is in Spitalfields, near to where the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built Christ Church.
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Hawksmoor Spitalfields
157A Commercial St
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Hawksmoor is a British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain. The original establishment is in Spitalfields, near to where the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built Christ Church.
North African and Spanish dishes and all-day tapas in smart space with low lights and wooden floors. -£££
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Moro
34-36 Exmouth Market
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North African and Spanish dishes and all-day tapas in smart space with low lights and wooden floors. -£££
Long-standing family-run Modern European with 200-bin wine cellar, hidden garden and conservatory. -£££
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Frederick's
106 Camden Passage
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Long-standing family-run Modern European with 200-bin wine cellar, hidden garden and conservatory. -£££
Classic Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, including sushi, sashimi, hot pots and noodle dishes. Super close to the flat, and perfect to laid back, great tasting Japanese. ££
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Zen Mondo
326 Upper St
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Classic Japanese cuisine with a modern twist, including sushi, sashimi, hot pots and noodle dishes. Super close to the flat, and perfect to laid back, great tasting Japanese. ££
-Classic Italian dishes in airy basement with aqua-blue furniture, framed photos and hanging guitars. -££
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Ciao Bella
86-90 Lamb's Conduit St
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-Classic Italian dishes in airy basement with aqua-blue furniture, framed photos and hanging guitars. -££
Peruvian seafood, rotisserie, pisco cocktails & more in a historic dining room and hip adjacent bar. -££
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Ceviche Old St
2 Baldwin St
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Peruvian seafood, rotisserie, pisco cocktails & more in a historic dining room and hip adjacent bar. -££
Excellent pastries and deserts. Perfect middle eastern breakfasts, and lovely dinner too if you enjoy light, fresh and healthy tapas & dishes created by chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
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Ottolenghi Islington
287 Upper St
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Excellent pastries and deserts. Perfect middle eastern breakfasts, and lovely dinner too if you enjoy light, fresh and healthy tapas & dishes created by chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
The ultimate local!! Pub with canal views, serving craft beers, cask ales, and rustic food, including (GREAT) Sunday lunch.
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The Narrowboat Pub
119 St Peter's St
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The ultimate local!! Pub with canal views, serving craft beers, cask ales, and rustic food, including (GREAT) Sunday lunch.
Tiny speakeasy-style bar for experimental cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro. -Highly recommend booking in advance
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The Bar With No Name
69 Colebrooke Row
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Tiny speakeasy-style bar for experimental cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro. -Highly recommend booking in advance
-Cute and imitate wine bar, with some great tapas food. Fantastic wine selection.
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Humble Grape
11-13 Theberton St
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-Cute and imitate wine bar, with some great tapas food. Fantastic wine selection.
Authentic delicious french bistro at reasonable price. One of our favourites.
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La Petite Auberge
283 Upper St
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Authentic delicious french bistro at reasonable price. One of our favourites.
Perfect place for a Sunday brunch in a difficult-to-find London club type restaurant in the heart of Clerkenwell village. Cosy and cool. Afterwards, check out Exmouth Market. It needs to be booked in advance! Feel free to contact us so we can help you to make a booking. Make sure you try the French toast with clotted cream, berries and honey...
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
42 Northampton Rd
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Perfect place for a Sunday brunch in a difficult-to-find London club type restaurant in the heart of Clerkenwell village. Cosy and cool. Afterwards, check out Exmouth Market. It needs to be booked in advance! Feel free to contact us so we can help you to make a booking. Make sure you try the French toast with clotted cream, berries and honey...
Dishoom is the Londoner's favourite restaurant that served Indian food! Walk-ins only, but reservations can be made for brunch (they serve unlimited refills of Chai for brunch), exotic cocktails for dinners, buzzing atmosphere, friendly staff and not bad prices.
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Dishoom
5 Stable St
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Dishoom is the Londoner's favourite restaurant that served Indian food! Walk-ins only, but reservations can be made for brunch (they serve unlimited refills of Chai for brunch), exotic cocktails for dinners, buzzing atmosphere, friendly staff and not bad prices.
A neighbourhood cocktail bar, espresso bar and all-day restaurant located on the famous Exmouth Market, a pedestrianised market street in Clerkenwell. Love this place for brunch.
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Exmouth Market Grind
8-10 Exmouth Market
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A neighbourhood cocktail bar, espresso bar and all-day restaurant located on the famous Exmouth Market, a pedestrianised market street in Clerkenwell. Love this place for brunch.
One for a special occasion. Historic former gym transformed in to an all-day Grand Café and bar. Fantastic setting, serving Mittel-European inspired dishes - and of course - champagne. Booking in advance recommended. £££.
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German Gymnasium
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One for a special occasion. Historic former gym transformed in to an all-day Grand Café and bar. Fantastic setting, serving Mittel-European inspired dishes - and of course - champagne. Booking in advance recommended. £££.
A beautiful space on the top floors of the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, with tropical-looking gardens that are free to visit—but you must book ahead (get in touch if you want me to help you with reservation). It has the biggest amount of plants and the walls are all glass with a 360-degree view of the city. It’s a really special and inspiring place to explore and look out over east London and beyond. There are two restaurants and two bars up there. Fenchurch Restaurant, housed in a glass box within the glassed building, is great and really accommodating for veggies and vegans, with a special vegetarian menu, great wines, and great service. I’ve never heard music there though a live show would be great.
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Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch St
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A beautiful space on the top floors of the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, with tropical-looking gardens that are free to visit—but you must book ahead (get in touch if you want me to help you with reservation). It has the biggest amount of plants and the walls are all glass with a 360-degree view of the city. It’s a really special and inspiring place to explore and look out over east London and beyond. There are two restaurants and two bars up there. Fenchurch Restaurant, housed in a glass box within the glassed building, is great and really accommodating for veggies and vegans, with a special vegetarian menu, great wines, and great service. I’ve never heard music there though a live show would be great.
Afternoon tea is really great here. On Sunday morning they play classic live music. The St. Pancras Grand hotel is beautiful (and makes for a great Instagram). The service is fantastic.
The Hansom
Afternoon tea is really great here. On Sunday morning they play classic live music. The St. Pancras Grand hotel is beautiful (and makes for a great Instagram). The service is fantastic.
It has the most magical outdoor garden seating but be patient, you need to make a big smile at the waitrer to get the table and dress chic. Smart casual, shirt, jacket, chinos and loafers (basically think relaxed European riviera chic) for men and relaxed tea dresses (read I have just flown back from St. Tropez or Verbier) for ladies. This restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants in the whole of London (make sure to reserve way in advance & try to get the table outside).
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The Ivy Chelsea Garden
195 -197 King's Rd
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It has the most magical outdoor garden seating but be patient, you need to make a big smile at the waitrer to get the table and dress chic. Smart casual, shirt, jacket, chinos and loafers (basically think relaxed European riviera chic) for men and relaxed tea dresses (read I have just flown back from St. Tropez or Verbier) for ladies. This restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants in the whole of London (make sure to reserve way in advance & try to get the table outside).
Traditional fish-and-chip shop decorated with 1950s memorabilia, offering table service or takeaway. Iconic.
Poppies Fish & Chips Kiosk
15A Lamb St
Traditional fish-and-chip shop decorated with 1950s memorabilia, offering table service or takeaway. Iconic.
Favourite hangout of the young and moneyed Chelsea-ites, the food at Bluebird has traditionally played second fiddle to the cocktails. Newly-appointed executive chef Simon Gregory has, thankfully, upped the kitchen’s game considerably with the likes of salt baked kohlrabi and salsify and spice roasted baby chicken now the stars of the show.
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Bluebird Chelsea
350 King's Rd
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Favourite hangout of the young and moneyed Chelsea-ites, the food at Bluebird has traditionally played second fiddle to the cocktails. Newly-appointed executive chef Simon Gregory has, thankfully, upped the kitchen’s game considerably with the likes of salt baked kohlrabi and salsify and spice roasted baby chicken now the stars of the show.
You will find Brawn on a corner of Columbia Road. The big windows let in lots of natural light, and the interior resembles a studio workspace with simple retro wooden furniture. In the evenings, this space fills with warm soft light which creates a relaxed vibe. At Brawn the menu changes daily to reflect what is in season and to showcase what the local producers have to offer. Come here to enjoy French and Spanish cuisine that respects its ingredients, paired with an extensive wine list. The food is in the moderately expensive price range. It’s close to the flower market, so be sure to book a table for Sunday lunch.
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Brawn
49 Columbia Rd
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You will find Brawn on a corner of Columbia Road. The big windows let in lots of natural light, and the interior resembles a studio workspace with simple retro wooden furniture. In the evenings, this space fills with warm soft light which creates a relaxed vibe. At Brawn the menu changes daily to reflect what is in season and to showcase what the local producers have to offer. Come here to enjoy French and Spanish cuisine that respects its ingredients, paired with an extensive wine list. The food is in the moderately expensive price range. It’s close to the flower market, so be sure to book a table for Sunday lunch.
Indie shopping, hip food popups and bars.
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Boxpark Shoreditch
2-10 Bethnal Green Rd
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Indie shopping, hip food popups and bars.
Another great independent coffee shop, close to Redchurch Street and Brick lane
Holy Shot Coffee
155 Bethnal Green Rd
Another great independent coffee shop, close to Redchurch Street and Brick lane
Our favourite local restaurant just now - very fresh and interesting Vietnamese food. Cheap.
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Sen Viet
119 King's Cross Rd
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Our favourite local restaurant just now - very fresh and interesting Vietnamese food. Cheap.
Street with many trendy and cool restaurants and coffee shops. Worth going there an check the amazing options. Exmouth Market in the weekday has food stalls at lunch time. In the evening it is a great place to visit a local eating and drinking.
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Exmouth Market
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Street with many trendy and cool restaurants and coffee shops. Worth going there an check the amazing options. Exmouth Market in the weekday has food stalls at lunch time. In the evening it is a great place to visit a local eating and drinking.
Art & Culture
The Almeida Theatre, opened in 1980, is a 325-seat studio theatre with an international reputation, which takes its name from the street on which it is located, off Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington.
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Almeida Theatre
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The Almeida Theatre, opened in 1980, is a 325-seat studio theatre with an international reputation, which takes its name from the street on which it is located, off Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington.
Shows the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia in an exhibition space close to the financial heart of London.
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Victoria Miro
16 Wharf Rd
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Shows the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia in an exhibition space close to the financial heart of London.
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe.
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Barbican Centre
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The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe.
The Screen on the Green in Islington is one of the country’s oldest cinemas: it opened in 1913 and has been a single-screen cinema ever since. It was bought by the Everyman chain of luxury cinemas in 2008 and soon after was renamed Everyman Screen on the Green. It offers a mix of standard and premier seats (the latter being ‘luxurious sofas with footrests’), and there’s a bar at the back of the screen.
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Everyman Screen on the Green
83 Upper St
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The Screen on the Green in Islington is one of the country’s oldest cinemas: it opened in 1913 and has been a single-screen cinema ever since. It was bought by the Everyman chain of luxury cinemas in 2008 and soon after was renamed Everyman Screen on the Green. It offers a mix of standard and premier seats (the latter being ‘luxurious sofas with footrests’), and there’s a bar at the back of the screen.
I feel as though I should really champion the waterways here, and I’d love for more people to learn about the history behind London’s man-made waterways at this museum. It’s a quirky and antiquated gem in a cute little spot on the canal side, and will send you back in time to when horsepower was real horsepower. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday and is £4 entry. A lovely way to start or end a canal walk.
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London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Rd
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I feel as though I should really champion the waterways here, and I’d love for more people to learn about the history behind London’s man-made waterways at this museum. It’s a quirky and antiquated gem in a cute little spot on the canal side, and will send you back in time to when horsepower was real horsepower. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday and is £4 entry. A lovely way to start or end a canal walk.
This building near King’s Cross is an amazing blend of modern architecture and ancient leather-bound tomes. It’s really pleasant to sit and use their fast wifi or have a meeting in the cafe or public area while gazing up at the King’s Library—65,000 volumes assembled by George III and displayed in a striking glass column. For the comfiest spot, look for the padded leather armchairs with coveted built-in electrical outlets. You’ll have to join the queue of regulars that forms before the library opens in order to nab one.
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The British Library
96 Euston Rd
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This building near King’s Cross is an amazing blend of modern architecture and ancient leather-bound tomes. It’s really pleasant to sit and use their fast wifi or have a meeting in the cafe or public area while gazing up at the King’s Library—65,000 volumes assembled by George III and displayed in a striking glass column. For the comfiest spot, look for the padded leather armchairs with coveted built-in electrical outlets. You’ll have to join the queue of regulars that forms before the library opens in order to nab one.
Wonderful cinema. 5 screens, all the big blockbusters & some smaller independent films too. they have comfy 2-person sofas & serve you proper grown-up food and drink to your seat.
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Everyman Kings Cross
14-18 Handyside St
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Wonderful cinema. 5 screens, all the big blockbusters & some smaller independent films too. they have comfy 2-person sofas & serve you proper grown-up food and drink to your seat.
House of Illustration is the world’s first public gallery dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms. The gallery is the brainchild of Quentin Blake, whose iconic drawings you might recognise from Roald Dahl’s books. The gallery plays host to all forms of illustration, from animation to adverts, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design.
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House of Illustration
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House of Illustration is the world’s first public gallery dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms. The gallery is the brainchild of Quentin Blake, whose iconic drawings you might recognise from Roald Dahl’s books. The gallery plays host to all forms of illustration, from animation to adverts, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design.
A must to do! Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performances and education.
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Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk
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A must to do! Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performances and education.
The National Portrait Gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important & famous British people. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. Nearest tube: Charing Cross
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National Portrait Gallery
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The National Portrait Gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important & famous British people. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. Nearest tube: Charing Cross
One of my favourite museums in London. A small but wonderful formerly private collection of art, porcelain, furniture and armour in Hertford House. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission free but you can pre-arrange a (paid) guided tour. Not on the main tourist circuit so usually quiet. Has a great café in the covered courtyard so perfect for a rainy day visit to the museum followed by lunch/afternoon tea.
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The Wallace Collection
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One of my favourite museums in London. A small but wonderful formerly private collection of art, porcelain, furniture and armour in Hertford House. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission free but you can pre-arrange a (paid) guided tour. Not on the main tourist circuit so usually quiet. Has a great café in the covered courtyard so perfect for a rainy day visit to the museum followed by lunch/afternoon tea.
This amazing 19th century townhouse was the home of architect John Soane and has been left untouched since his death nearly 180 years ago. It is a remarkable treasure trove, full to bursting with unique objects. I just love his stunning architectural drawings. And don’t miss the room full of marble artifacts. Go at night. The museum is open 6-9 pm the first Tuesday of every month, when it’s illuminated only by candlelight. It is magical. Free entry excep for events.
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Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
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This amazing 19th century townhouse was the home of architect John Soane and has been left untouched since his death nearly 180 years ago. It is a remarkable treasure trove, full to bursting with unique objects. I just love his stunning architectural drawings. And don’t miss the room full of marble artifacts. Go at night. The museum is open 6-9 pm the first Tuesday of every month, when it’s illuminated only by candlelight. It is magical. Free entry excep for events.
Modern art gallery - free entry - extraordinarily good exhibitions. Off the beaten track in a side street near King's Cross
Gagosian Gallery
6-24 Britannia St
Modern art gallery - free entry - extraordinarily good exhibitions. Off the beaten track in a side street near King's Cross
Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street, London is a "still-life drama" created by the previous owner Dennis Severs as a "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers.
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Dennis Severs' House
18 Folgate St
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Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street, London is a "still-life drama" created by the previous owner Dennis Severs as a "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers.
Extraordinary home built for Sir Frederick Leighton RA, with the most beautiful use of Islamic tiles and interesting architectural details. The entrance is £9, £7 concession.
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Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Rd
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Extraordinary home built for Sir Frederick Leighton RA, with the most beautiful use of Islamic tiles and interesting architectural details. The entrance is £9, £7 concession.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the literary character Sherlock Holmes. The best example of the living period costume I have come across! Absolutely everyone was in character! After giving the introduction, the butler was asked if Sherlock Holmes was real, and he kindly explained that the museum was there to help build the story. Brilliant experience and highly recommend!!
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Sherlock Holmes -museo
221b Baker St
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the literary character Sherlock Holmes. The best example of the living period costume I have come across! Absolutely everyone was in character! After giving the introduction, the butler was asked if Sherlock Holmes was real, and he kindly explained that the museum was there to help build the story. Brilliant experience and highly recommend!!
Drinks & nightlife
Traditional alehouse saved from demolition, with piano and live entertainment at weekends.
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The Wenlock Arms
26 Wenlock Rd
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Traditional alehouse saved from demolition, with piano and live entertainment at weekends.
Lovely, posh gastro pub in Islington. Look out for the odd celeb in their lovely leafy garden, or settle in for a cosy roast in winter. Booking essential - get in contact with us, so we can help you to make a reservation.
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The Albion
10 Thornhill Rd
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Lovely, posh gastro pub in Islington. Look out for the odd celeb in their lovely leafy garden, or settle in for a cosy roast in winter. Booking essential - get in contact with us, so we can help you to make a reservation.
The Craft Beer Company sets out to achieve a clear mission: to create a unique beer experience and set new standards in the pub and bar trade. It specialises in micro-brewed cask ales, small batch craft beers and over 400 global bottles.
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The Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell
82 Leather Ln
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The Craft Beer Company sets out to achieve a clear mission: to create a unique beer experience and set new standards in the pub and bar trade. It specialises in micro-brewed cask ales, small batch craft beers and over 400 global bottles.
Slickly-designed, minimalist Modern British gastropub with big windows & a canal-side alfresco bar.
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The Lighterman
3 Granary Square
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Slickly-designed, minimalist Modern British gastropub with big windows & a canal-side alfresco bar.
Overlooking Kings cross station (Harry Potter movie scene) lovely on a summers day with an amazing menu and a wide selection of fine wines.
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Vinoteca Kings Cross
3 King's Blvd
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Overlooking Kings cross station (Harry Potter movie scene) lovely on a summers day with an amazing menu and a wide selection of fine wines.
The only British Pub located within the Grade I Listed building underneath the clock tower and arches at St Pancras International station. Elegant dining room, heritage features, charming staff and stunning British pub classics menu. This is my new favourite Sunday Lunch local.
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The Betjeman Arms
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The only British Pub located within the Grade I Listed building underneath the clock tower and arches at St Pancras International station. Elegant dining room, heritage features, charming staff and stunning British pub classics menu. This is my new favourite Sunday Lunch local.
Official London Irish Pubs. A warm welcome to all rugby fans! Match tickets, transport, competitions, live events & craic!
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The Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church St
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Official London Irish Pubs. A warm welcome to all rugby fans! Match tickets, transport, competitions, live events & craic!
Located in a former bus depot, Ministry of Sound was once the epitome of warehouse cool and is still perhaps the UK’s best-known clubbing venues: thus, any self-respecting fan of dance music in any form should visit Ministry at least once. To be honest, though, once won't be enough when you've seen the fun you can have in this gargantuan beat playground. Laid out across four dancefloors and various bars, there’s lots to explore thanks to the club's extensive refurb at the end of 2013, as well as a shift towards more underground pastures in the music programming, too.
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Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt St
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Located in a former bus depot, Ministry of Sound was once the epitome of warehouse cool and is still perhaps the UK’s best-known clubbing venues: thus, any self-respecting fan of dance music in any form should visit Ministry at least once. To be honest, though, once won't be enough when you've seen the fun you can have in this gargantuan beat playground. Laid out across four dancefloors and various bars, there’s lots to explore thanks to the club's extensive refurb at the end of 2013, as well as a shift towards more underground pastures in the music programming, too.
Big place with loud music. Very busy on weekend nights. Free entry before 9pm and after that the queues get crazy and entry expensive. Great beer garden
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Cargo
83 Rivington St
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Big place with loud music. Very busy on weekend nights. Free entry before 9pm and after that the queues get crazy and entry expensive. Great beer garden
Books. Everywhere. They also have great cocktails and ping pong tables. It gets crazy busy on weekends so get there early.
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The Book Club
100-106 Leonard St
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Books. Everywhere. They also have great cocktails and ping pong tables. It gets crazy busy on weekends so get there early.
This place is royalty! It has fun themed nights and a great roof terrace and is worth including in your night on the town
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Queen of Hoxton
1 Curtain Rd
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This place is royalty! It has fun themed nights and a great roof terrace and is worth including in your night on the town
Union Chapel is a working church, live entertainment venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless in Islington, London, England. Built in the late 19th century in the Gothic revival style, the church is Grade I-listed.
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Union Chapel
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Union Chapel is a working church, live entertainment venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless in Islington, London, England. Built in the late 19th century in the Gothic revival style, the church is Grade I-listed.
Shopping
This secondhand bookshop on a 1920s Dutch barge narrow boat is an unusual, funky little place that moves around the Regent’s Canal. There is something very satisfying about seeing a space stuffed to the brim with books. The first time I went in, I resurfaced 45 minutes later, not sure where the time went. Occasionally there are poetry slams or musicians playing gigs on the roof. Check the Facebook page for events and the boat’s location that day.
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Word On The Water
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This secondhand bookshop on a 1920s Dutch barge narrow boat is an unusual, funky little place that moves around the Regent’s Canal. There is something very satisfying about seeing a space stuffed to the brim with books. The first time I went in, I resurfaced 45 minutes later, not sure where the time went. Occasionally there are poetry slams or musicians playing gigs on the roof. Check the Facebook page for events and the boat’s location that day.
Includes a live Jazz band playing in the wine bar area of Waitrose while you select your groceries. Waitrose​ Kings cross also holds regular fine dining​ cookery lessons.
Waitrose Wine Bar
Includes a live Jazz band playing in the wine bar area of Waitrose while you select your groceries. Waitrose​ Kings cross also holds regular fine dining​ cookery lessons.
This is the place to go in London for shopping. You will find all the stores either along Oxford Street (mostly high street brands) or intersecting Regent Street (mostly premium & luxury brands).
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Oxford Street
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This is the place to go in London for shopping. You will find all the stores either along Oxford Street (mostly high street brands) or intersecting Regent Street (mostly premium & luxury brands).
For food, antiques and retro clothing check out this awesome market. Open 7 days a week.
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Old Spitalfields Market
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For food, antiques and retro clothing check out this awesome market. Open 7 days a week.
Antiques market & street food - make sure to also explore the little square of shops behind the market.
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Camden Passage, Islington
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Antiques market & street food - make sure to also explore the little square of shops behind the market.
A world-famous portobello market - featured in the film Nottinghill with Julia Roberts. An excellent place to go people watching and have a coffee and buy things from the clothes market
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Portobello Road Market
306 Portobello Rd
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A world-famous portobello market - featured in the film Nottinghill with Julia Roberts. An excellent place to go people watching and have a coffee and buy things from the clothes market
Must see. East London’s vibrant Sunday flower market is a local favourite. Here, you can barter with market stall merchants for everything from houseplants and fresh bouquets to succulents and seeds. Columbia Road is well worth a visit from Monday to Saturday, too: the lack of Sunday crowds leaves you free to wander the street’s many independent businesses, including art galleries, antique stores, homeware boutiques and even an old-school sweet shop. Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Columbia Road Flower Market
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Must see. East London’s vibrant Sunday flower market is a local favourite. Here, you can barter with market stall merchants for everything from houseplants and fresh bouquets to succulents and seeds. Columbia Road is well worth a visit from Monday to Saturday, too: the lack of Sunday crowds leaves you free to wander the street’s many independent businesses, including art galleries, antique stores, homeware boutiques and even an old-school sweet shop. Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Classic Saturday street market (on Sundays go to Columbia Flower Market). Vibrant & great for people watching. A must-do walk by the canal.
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Broadway Market
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Classic Saturday street market (on Sundays go to Columbia Flower Market). Vibrant & great for people watching. A must-do walk by the canal.
Parks & nature
A must for any visitor to London. It’s stunningly beautiful. Fly a kite on Parliament Hill or get lost in the long grass with your summer lover. But what makes it really queer are the bathing ponds, which attract a large gay crowd. You can either sunbathe nude by the water’s edge or in your bathing suit on the grass outside the changing area. The ponds are divided into men’s, women’s, and mixed. It gets very busy and attracts all sorts and all ages. Early morning swims are advised on very hot days. This is the best time, too, to meet friendly, often older, locals who are always up for chats.
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Hampstead Heath
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A must for any visitor to London. It’s stunningly beautiful. Fly a kite on Parliament Hill or get lost in the long grass with your summer lover. But what makes it really queer are the bathing ponds, which attract a large gay crowd. You can either sunbathe nude by the water’s edge or in your bathing suit on the grass outside the changing area. The ponds are divided into men’s, women’s, and mixed. It gets very busy and attracts all sorts and all ages. Early morning swims are advised on very hot days. This is the best time, too, to meet friendly, often older, locals who are always up for chats.
This is simply wonderful - enjoy a stroll through Henry VIII's old hunting ground - go to Henry VIII's mount to see the view of Windsor castle in one direction and St.Paul's Cathedral in the other. amble by next to grazing dear but be careful during rutting season!
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Richmond Park
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This is simply wonderful - enjoy a stroll through Henry VIII's old hunting ground - go to Henry VIII's mount to see the view of Windsor castle in one direction and St.Paul's Cathedral in the other. amble by next to grazing dear but be careful during rutting season!
It's a beautiful walk on the canal, lots of bars and cafe's leading to Angel or Broadway market. You can walk from Kings Cross all the way to Heathrow. Or from Angel all the way to the Thames River.
Canal Walk
It's a beautiful walk on the canal, lots of bars and cafe's leading to Angel or Broadway market. You can walk from Kings Cross all the way to Heathrow. Or from Angel all the way to the Thames River.
Primrose Hill Park is my absolute favourite place to go to for a romantic walk, especially at sunset! The park has panoramic views over Regent’s Park and the city beyond. Upmarket delis, chic eateries, and boutique fashion stores cluster along Regent’s Park Road, and surrounding streets are dotted with gastropubs and tea rooms. The Regent’s Canal towpath leads to nearby Camden Market.
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Primrose Hill
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Primrose Hill Park is my absolute favourite place to go to for a romantic walk, especially at sunset! The park has panoramic views over Regent’s Park and the city beyond. Upmarket delis, chic eateries, and boutique fashion stores cluster along Regent’s Park Road, and surrounding streets are dotted with gastropubs and tea rooms. The Regent’s Canal towpath leads to nearby Camden Market.