I feel like everyone has their own little London; their fave spots for brunch, for pizza, a secret banana bread find, a cute spot to read in a park, a fave salsa class. I was inspired to write this blog post towards the end of last year when out with some blogger girls and we was chatting about all our fave places in London and I realised that I hadn’t even heard or been to some of them. London is just full to the brim with incredible hang outs, foodie places, studios and everyone has their faves. So I thought I’d dedicate a little post to share the love of mine and some of my fave blogger gals. From a Swedish Bakery in Covent Garden to a stunning palace in South East London perfect for a picnic to a place you can get your shellac manicure and watch a the latest blockbuster; you’ll get an insight into our London…
Cinnamon buns, homemade food away from home and a beautiful Palace for a picnic and a good chat…
A Swedish Bakery tucked away in Covent Garden
24 Rose St, London WC2E 9EA
So of course, one of my fave spots I’m sharing, isn’t even a Londoney place. But isn’t that what London does so well? I actually walked past Bageriet for years before going in and it’s now one of mine and my boyfriends fave places to hang out and have fika. It’s also a place I can practice my Swedish and everyone that works their is Swedish. They freshly bake bread and cakes every day and you can get a real taste of some of the traditional biscuits and bakes. I recommend Nötkakor (almond flavoured biscuit with hazelnuts) and of course Kanelbuller (cardamom dough rolled together with cinnamon filling.)
A seasonal sustainable cafe all about people, brunching, homemade food and you can shop- nestled in the heart of Blackheath.
40 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0BD
I’m a south east London girl and one of my favourite places to spend a Sunday is Blackheath, right infront of Greenwich park this cute little village homes Hand Made Food. A cafe which when you walk into, you just want to stay forever, eating homemade quiche, drinking tea and lusting over what cake to take home. Their shelves are packed with products like jam, chocolate and cheese from the best small-scale and independent suppliers.
Take a picnic to these glorious gardens.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE
I feel like I step back in time whenever I visit Eltham Palace; they have the incredible Palace to wander around and art deco markets on regularly but I simply love to just come and sit in the gardens and chat away any worries. There’s something really peaceful and magical about this moated manor.
It’s all about the coffee and giving a little back.
84b Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LR
They teach coffee skills to young offenders. “Our coffee tastes this good because it’s made by people who try harder. The young offenders who we work with to craft each batch know their coffee: we trained them up in roasting, brewing and barista skills. They try harder because they know, on the outside, they’ll have to be better than a barista without a record.The result is a finely crafted cup of coffee that raises the bar for everyone.”
Natalie says the coffee is amazing some of the best she has ever tasted, they use oat milk and almond milk (always a winner) and they also do matcha and chai lattes if coffee isn’t your thang. It has a very scandi style with lots of plants and simple modern decor and it’s Natalie’s favourite coffee shop discovery this year. This is definitely a hidden gem of hers and she hasn’t even taken me there yet! I can’t wait to go.
From yoga to avo on toast to a long slightly interesting walk…
300 Kensal Road, London, W10 5BE
I can’t wait to go here with Venetia as she says it’s hands down her favourite place to practice yoga in London. The classes, the teachers, the whole vibe – truly a soulful experience.
33 All Saints Road, W11 1HE
We all know you can get avocado on toast on every corner in London nowadays but Venetia says the freshly baked sourdough bread at The Tin Shed is next level and the generous portion of chilli and basil avocado is simply delicious. Rest assured, the coffee is wonderful too.
So I did have to read this one twice when Venetia sent it over and I’m very intrigued to experience this myself. Long walks amongst the tombstones? Explain Venetia? “Yes I know, very morbid of me, but being amongst the dead makes me grateful to be alive… yeah I’m not doing anything to dispel the weird thing am I.” I did have a little look online and this cemetery does look pretty epic.
“London being my hometown is one of my favourite places to explore by far. I love how eclectic the city is and how much it has to offer.”
169 Hemingford Road, London, N1 1DA
She’s a girl after my own heart here, I love this place too. It’s Tara’s favourite brunch place, a cosy little nook tucked away in the leafy streets of Barnsby. Tara loves the banana bread which I also would trek across London just to have.
64-66 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DP
And a place that encompasses brunch, lunch, coffee, cocktails, cinema (and a beauty salon and a barbers!) How have I not been here yet?! Tara loves Barber & Parlour for everything from eating, working and socialising. The cinema seats look good enough to sleep in too!
So there’s 9 new London gems for you from me and my gals. Share the love and let us know your fave hidden gem in the comments below.
Love, Lottie x