Ten Places To Visit In London
We teamed up with travel guide LOST iN (former 38HOURS) once again to present our ‘Ten Places To Visit In London’ that we picked from the many amazing recommendations you’ll find in the current London Guide. The handy guides offer the possibility to experience the city like a local as they gather their information from people actually living in the cities they cover. The latest issue guiding you through Vienna has just been launched. Milano will be next so stay tuned for more.
Today we give a little sneak peek into the London issue. If you plan to visit London anytime soon, you should make sure to get your hand at this publication. You can purchase it for 10 EUR online or at selected stores.
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Maison Trois Garcons is located on Redchurch Street where you’ll find the full variety of the East End behind graffitied Georgian façades — from kitsch sofa cinemas like The Aubin to fashionable brands like Aesop or APC. At the home deco store Maison Trois Garcons you won’t even have to stop shopping whilst enjoying one of the healthy snacks on the Portuguese-tiled tables in the integrated café. All hot spots of Redchurch Street can be found in the London Guide.
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Once, the enfant terrible of the Young British Artists used to fill museums — these days, Damien Hirst fans flock to Tramshead. Set in a former electricity generating station for trams, this Shoreditch restaurant is defined by a massive Hirst tank towering over the dining room. In it: a cow and a chicken, suspended for eternity in formaldehyde. Quite fitting, as the menu revolves around steak and chicken. The highlight is a whole roasted bird — yet squeamish diners be warned: the chicken is served standing upside down on a platter, with the feet still intact, waving at its table-companions.
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At Detox Kitchen in Soho you can enjoy healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between or takeaway some deliciousness for when you are in a rush. They offer a range of fresh seasonal salads, lean meat and fish, fresh smoothies, juices, teas and coffees. You can check their Instagram for some more impressions.
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Those expecting people in thick-rimmed glasses, hunched over dusty books, philosophising about life will be surprised. The Book Club is anything but a bookish place. In fact, it’s one of the most multifaceted clubs in London. This intimate venue is spread over two floors: you can head for a game of ping pong in the ground-floor bar, which also serves British nibbles such as pork scratchings, scotch eggs and various sharing platters. The downstairs club is where the music is pounding and the sweat is flowing. International DJs host fun, themed club nights, while the electro swing club attracts a flappered and dappered up crowd.
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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in West London is one of the world’s most important and most beautiful botanical gardens. The 132ha large domain boasts a collection of about fifty thousand different plant species as well as many impressive buildings such as the Palm House and the ten-story Pagoda. Definitely worth a visit and a nice location for taking some beautiful pictures aside from the busy streets of London.
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There are pubs that are older; there are pubs that may look fancier… but the Harwood Arms is the only Michelin-starred pub in London. Alex Harper is the chef responsible for the straight British cuisine: A signature dish is the splendid Scotch egg. All the ingredients are local: The fish is line-caught in Cornwall and the beef is supplied by farmers in the Lake District. Vegetables are grown on the own roof garden. If that’s not enough of a reason to come, make a reservation for the first Tuesday in the month: The Quiz Night is legendary.
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Serpentine Gallery at Hyde Park is wonderfully situated and always has something good on — especially in the summertime with their architecture series. In the picture you see Sou Fujimoto’s pavilion on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery.
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St. John in the City and St John Bread & Wine in Shoreditch (photo) are real London institutions. Just like the simple no-frills interior, the menu focuses on simplicity: no-nonsense dishes such as goat’s curd with roasted red onion or rabbit and bacon pie are made with regional and seasonal ingredients and cooked to perfection. Recently the former head chef at St John Bread & Wine, James Lowe, opened his own restaurant in Shoreditch: Lyle’s has clear influences from St. John, the food is a celebration of revisited classics. If you go for the original or the new- comer: Be sure to expect a real British treat.
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Who is interested in music and Vinyl should try to get recommendations from Nigel, Chris, Sean at the West store or Phil, Noreen over East. They are the classic London record store. You can also go to Black Market for more British dance music. Kristina Records on Kingsland Road is new and very exciting. There are also three or four new record stores in Shoreditch and Dalston that are great.
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For proper Indian nosh, head to Dishoom, just north of Brick Lane. Here, the Bombay café food is what curry dreams are made of. Chef Naved Nasir’s menu boasts authentic food that’s hard to find outside Mumbai’s hustle and bustle: crispy okra fries, aromatic cranberry-studded rice biryanis, spicy char-grilled lamb chops, and a heavenly slow-cooked black daal. And if you’re feeling a little delicate from the night before, Dishoom’s breakfast bacon naan is one of the best secret hangover cures in town.