Over the last two weeks I have been staying with a friend while I intern at a design studio in London. My week days are pretty packed, working 9 to 5 and some! But I’ve made sure to make the most of my evenings and weekends here, trying to get as off grid in London as possible. Despite growing up so close, there is still so much I haven’t seen. Plus every time I visit there are thousands of new things to discover. Really, until I actually live here, I don’t stand a chance of getting off grid in London like a local. However, with a little direction from my friends who do live here I had a pretty amazing weekend full of amazing food and sightseeing (what more could you want?). So I thought I’d share with you the 7 best things I discovered in London last weekend.
1. SOHO VEGAN MARKET
This was an unexpected find. I was trying to navigate my way to Charing Cross to meet my auntie and had gotten a little lost… but how happy am I that that happened! This food market is amazing, a vegan/vegetarians dream. It’s every Saturday on Rupert Street in Soho which is super central and well worth visiting. Tuesday to Friday you’ll find Rupert Street Market in the same place which also looks amazing. Check out both markets website here.
2. THE 88 BUS ROUTE
Admittedly a bit of a random one but if you want to get to Camden from central London, this is such a nice way to do it. The bus goes over Westminster bridge, past Big Ben, through Trafalgar Square and up Regent Street to Camden (full route). So touristy and so much fun! I love London buses anyway so maybe I’m a bit biased but I think this is a much better way to get to Camden then the tube if you want to experience as much as possible in London.
3. FRANCO MANCA
Not exactly off grid in London but definitely best pizza in London. I realise that is a bold statement to make but seriously, for the money I don’t think you’ll find anywhere better! I went to the one just off Oxford Street but there are a few others dotted around. All the pizzas are on a sourdough base and the menu changes seasonally depending on what produce is available.
4/5. THE CURVE GARDEN AND AND CAFFE
I annoyingly didn’t get a picture that did The Curve Garden justice so didn’t want to include one! The garden is tucked away in Dalston, has a bar and lots of seating, fairy lights and you can bring in your own food…! Very family friendly and chilled out, I loved it. I went to a vegan Ethiopian just up the road called Andu Caffe, got their £5 takeaway (it’s delicious) and took it back to the garden to eat.
6. BANH MI
Technically not something I discovered last weekend, I actually realised my love for Banh Mi in Hoi An, Vietnam. But what I have now realised is how easy it is to get a good Banh Mi in London… has that always been the case and I just haven’t noticed? Green&Flavour is an organic food shop near Caledonian Road Tube Station and Eat Chay was one of the stands at the Soho Vegan Market.
7. CAMDEN TO PRIMROSE HILL TO REGENTS PARK TO CAMDEN LOOP WALK
Camden Market is always fun (though super busy at the weekend). I started my walk there, got myself a vegan cookie and then set off along the canal towards Primrose Hill! The hill is sign posted so you can follow them up to get a great panoramic view of London. Then walk back down towards Regents Park, loop round and back to Camden. Such a lovely walk!