Lifestyle: 5 Favourite Things About London

With Spring/Summer approaching, a few of you may have started getting into ‘travel mode’ – planning some city breaks for the warmer season ahead. So I wanted to put together a little post highlighting my second favourite city behind Manchester, which is of course, London. There are some unique hot spots that I love about ‘the big smoke’, and some you may not be aware of. As I seem to spend most of my time between Manchester and London, I thought I would showcase the hidden jems across food, drinks and shopping, in whatemmadid.com style!…

Eating:

Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch.

beachblanket babylon
beackblanket babylon
This beautiful restaurant is situated directly facing Shoreditch station, and is home to the best duck main course I have ever tried. Shoreditch is known for it’s quirky bars, cafes and shops, with a hip and laid back vibe, so this smart and sassy restaurant is a cut above everywhere else in the area. It’s your pop of ‘nice-ness’ when you’ve had enough of ‘cool-ness’. With a cocktail list longer than your leg, an ambience so mystic and romantic, and a menu so tempting your eyes grow bigger than your belly, it’s an amazing place to head with friends, family, or your other half. If you love duck, then eat here. It was the best duck I have ever tasted. I also experienced the loveliest almond cake desert. Definitley worth a visit if you are looking for a great all-rounder eatery.

Drinking:

The Hoxton

espresso martini
I may be biased as I stayed in The Hoxton Hotel and I have raved about it so much (you can read my blog post here, where I show you how much I love this fabulous place), but it also served a purpose for providing me one of the best Espresso Martini cocktails I have ever tried. I simply can’t get enough of the coffee laced martini cocktail – it’s like my dream drink, combining my coffee and cocktail addiction! If you want an atmosphere with a buzz and the nicest of drinks (i.e Espresso Martini’s!) then call in at The Hoxton for beverage time…

High Street Shopping:

& Other Stories

& Other Stories
If your going to do a bit of shopping in London, then you simply cannot miss out a visit to & Other Stories. It’s whimsical, clean and chic interior presents rails of pretty clothing in both simple, everyday styles, to the more ‘wow’ individual pieces. The shop itself creates more of a lifestyle destination; with fashion, beauty, lingerie and accessories all paving the way to recreate your look from ‘normal’ to ‘special’. This is the one shop in particular that features so many little bits everywhere to pop into your basket as you wonder round. The best thing is, although it’s so unique and one of a kind, it’s affordable. It’s one for the Urban Outfitters, Warehouse and Zara shoppers. If you haven’t been yet, then GO. That’s all I can say.

Premium Shopping

Crockett & Jones

crockett & jones crockett
Crockett & Jones is an English shoemakers brand, founded in 1879, giving them 135 years in the making. Hailing from Northampton, at the heart of England’s most famous shoe-making town, Crockett & Jones specialise in the manufacture of high quality Goodyear-welted footwear. For men there are 3 ranges produced by Crockett & Jones: Hand Grade, Main Line and Shell Cordovan. For women, they also have a new collection of low-heeled shoes and boots. They have a selection of stores across London, meaning it’s a place worth visiting for the best quality in footwear when visiting the fashion capital. Focusing on a luxury, exceptional service, the brand celebrates a 5th generation family managed business, and continues to be committed to maintaining the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship, quality and service which have been appreciated by their customers for more than 135 years.

If you want to add that touch of premium elegance to your shopping trip, check out the store listings and take a visit!

Beauty

Neals Yard, Covent Garden

neals yard
Neals Yard may have become quite popular over the years as a natural, organic beauty and well-being brand, but it all started out as this cute little Covent Garden hype. When I started at University studying Fashion Promotion all those 10 years ago, I remember my tutor telling me I must check out Neals Yard (also known as Neal’s Yard Remedies for it’s holistic approach) in Covent Garden as not only is it a leading beauty brand with an ethical focus, but it was the only stand alone at the time. Therefore, heading to the quirky and colourful Covent Garden meant it was worth adding this skincare shop to my ‘must-see’ list. And even though there are now Neal’s Yard stores popping up everywhere across the UK, this one has that original, boutique feel, set in the uber-cool surroundings. For a little bit of sight seeing and relaxed culture, head to Coven Garden for a coffee and a bit of beauty browsing at Neal’s Yard…

So there you go; my top 5 little browsing haunts of our fashion capital, London. Feel free to comment below with some suggestions of your own!

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